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Black Canyon and Pamo OHV Road

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Black Canyon and Pamo OHV Road is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ramona, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.7 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Road is open as of May 15, 2019 however can be subject to closure. Please contact the Cleveland National Forest for closure information.

off road driving
12 days ago

Like others have said, first half is easy, smooth driving. The Santa Ysabel truck road is a moderate but easy drive. Good tires and 4x4 is all you need with a truck/SUV. Best part is if you are traveling from lake Henshaw to Ramona/ North County you will save a ton of gas with this route.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went here on September with 4runner TRD Offroad and it was a smooth ride. Stock SUV should be just fine expect couple spots which may require some ground clearance and good line picking. The trail was about an hour and has nice views but it doesn’t have shade spots to pull over and chill.

off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

black canyon rd is just a dirt road. it leads to Santa Ysabel truck trail that connects with black mountain truck trail, which in turn leads out to pamo rd. The truck trail portion is easy but fun. Will need clearance in some places. Great views.

off road driving
5 months ago

If you are starting on Mesa Grande Rd, the first half of the trail is doable in a sedan. Once you get to the Indian Reservation turn off the road becomes a little more fun. It is moderate in difficulty, but a fun close run.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail closed, gate is locked.

off road driving
8 months ago

Was a fun little drive through the mountains. Part of the sides of the road were covered in trash. Most of the way is one lane road so make sure you are paying attention.

off road driving
11 months ago

One of my first trails in my jeep along with Black Mountain. I started from the Ramona side and ended up at Mesa Grande. A lot of ruts and trees, good scenery but not too difficult (I have a 2.5" lift and 285/70r17s) and had plenty of clearance. There is a nice shaded spot about halfway through. Saw a couple eating lunch and a wooden post with .22 caliber holes in it. After that though it becomes a well maintained dirt road and you can get to lake southerland this way. A fun time with good views but nothing too challenging

off road driving
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Very fun and easy drive for the novice with a lot of great scenery. The traffic is light and it’s more like an unpaved back country road instead of an off road trail. It’s a great way to head from Ramona to Julian in a 4x4

off road driving
Monday, August 24, 2015

We took our jeep from end to end. It was dirty in a lot of places - beer cans, food wrappers. We stopped and cleaned up two overlook spots. Amazing panoramic views. Trail had a lot of rain washed sections from the rains earlier this summer (August 2015) revealing deep ruts and exposed rock in the trail. It gets hot quickly and is very dry this time of year. 89 degrees by 11 AM.

hiking
Friday, January 25, 2013

I give it a 3 only because of how dirty it is. People are very disgusting.

off road driving
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horseback riding
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off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
11 months ago

off road driving
Sunday, July 15, 2018

off road driving
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

off road driving
Monday, January 01, 2018

hiking
Sunday, November 05, 2017

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