Black Hill Trail

EASY 25 reviews
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Black Hill Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morro Bay, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles 652 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Climb up to Black Hill with great views from the summit. Black Hill is the second to last of nine volcanic plugs that lie between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay (the last being Morro Rock itself). The hike to the top travels through Fleming's Forest--a hillside of Monterey Pine trees that were planted by John Fleming (a former park superintendent). It is rumored that Black Hill received its name due to the tar seep on the north side of the hill. This scenic and enjoyable hike is relatively easy and can be done in just a couple of hours.

9 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike and awesome views!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Our first time at Morro Bay. Living in the flatlands of Oklahoma this was a great short hike. Love the eucalyptus and scenery. There were very few people on the trail. It would be nice for dog owners to pick up after their dogs however.

2 months ago

It's easy, and great for hiking with dogs (small ones in my case). I usually park all the way up past the golf course. I've been here many times and have never seen (or felt) any mosquito. Not sure if the person below was closer to the golf course, where there may be water spots because of the extensive watering, promoting mosquito reproduction.

3 months ago

This was our first hike and was the perfect start to what we hope to be a lifelong love. The hike was beautiful and was appropriately labeled as easy. Some parts were very steep, but overall it was not too difficult. Bring in a shady, humid area, it did have quite a few mosquitos so bring your repels t.

hiking
3 months ago

SWARMED BY MOSQUITOES!!! We hiked from the upper trailhead, so we were only on the trail for about 20 minutes, and I got at least a dozen bites. My friend was wearing DEET bug spray and she still got bit. The view at the top of the hill was spectacular, but we didn't linger, we rushed back down the hill and drove to a drug store to buy anti-itch cream. I would recommend this hike because the view of Morro Rock, the bay, and the estuary are amazing, but don't go mid-afternoon in August unless you love mosquitoes.

4 months ago

Great day hike, awesome views

hiking
4 months ago

This was an awesome trail. I took my three girls with me 5,3,and almost 2. They did great for their ages... There are some pretty steep parts that were a little interesting getting them up and down but we had a great time, took us about 2.5 hours round trip. I'm sure if you do this with older kids or just adults it would probably cut that time significantly. We had a great time :)

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Really nice. Pretty. Only a couple steep spots but nothing my grandmother couldn't do. Make it to the top it's worth it

camping
6 months ago

We are camping in the State Park for 5 days, this was a great hike right out of our front door. Took our dog and 9 year old, it is a great hike through the trees and up to an amazing view.

hiking
10 months ago

cross country skiing
11 months ago

Really breathtaking view. Went with five kids, aged 2-10. Very easy hike.

Quick easy hike from the parking lot. Great views. Nice climb for kids but I saw a lady with a stroller, even though it was on off road type I was not easy.

1 year ago

1 year ago

This was my first time hiking in years, and I definitely enjoyed it. However the drive to the start of this trail is likely to take you longer than it will to hike to the end of it. This is an enjoyable trail for those who like to take family or dogs with them on their hikes. oh and don't go when it's foggy out like I did, the view is just a few trees and a big cloud in that case.

1 year ago

Love it. It's really short to the top and you're rewarded with amazing views- easy to see all the Morros in a row. Great for kids who may not be able to hike the other peaks.

hiking
2 years ago

A nice little hike. We started about 10am and walked up in the fog. The sun started breaking through just as we reached the top. Watching the sun spread over the bay was worth the hike.

hiking
2 years ago

We parked our car at the California State Park headquarters and began the grove hike connecting to the Black Hill hike. The headquarters are located near the intersection of Park View Drive and State Park Drive. The grove trail was dry dirt today, but could become very muddy and slippery when it becomes wet. The grove trail is well pronounced, but not maintained as well as the Black Hill Trail. This trail passes through small groves or oaks and eucalyptus. The monarch butterflies nest in these eucalyptus trees from about October the February. Stay on the trails as there is an abundance of poison oak just off the trail in the shade of the trees. We saw a number of people using the trail. The trail was being used by campers staying at Morro Bay State Park where there is a trail head to the Black Hill Hike and residence of Morro Bay using the trail as a workout. People were very friendly and everyone was having a good time. The summit of Black Hill provides unrestricted views of Morro Bay, Morro Rock, and the surrounding area Try and go when the fog is not in. At times the fog can hide Morro Rock. This short hike is a must if you are camping, and an attraction to people who live out of the area. It may be short, especially if you drive to the upper trail head, but the hike is well worth your time and effort.

hiking
2 years ago

Thanks to the pics that showed the little ones I knew that this was perfect for me and my girls, and it sure was. we had a blast, take the kids and check out our beautiful town. I love morro bay...