Black Mountain Truck Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
#34 of 104 trails in

Black Mountain Truck Trail is a 14.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ysabel, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3054 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

views

wild flowers

off road driving
36 minutes ago

Scenic trail, fun to drive and safe to take family. At the top of the mountains there are areas to pull off and passing lanes on the way up. Definitely recommend it! I recommend you take food and drinks being you are a long way up.

off road driving
11 days ago

Nice Sunday drive with my kids. Did not encounter much traffic on the way up or down, only three other vehicles during the time we were there.

off road driving
18 days ago

off road driving
25 days ago

Great trails, well kept and easy for any 4x4 and most likely 2 wheel drive. Great views of open landscape for miles. Nice size summit for camping, hiking or taking in a lunch.

Had to move over for 3-different truck coming the other way and had plenty of room to do so.

Some loss rock on the road so be careful, they can be sharp and cut a tire.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great day trip. Only a few vehicles on the trail.

Fun trail, but roads are narrow and can scratch the truck, mostly 2wd only needed, hard to see other traffic going up and down

off road driving
1 month ago

not bad. did the trail after 4pm and no other vehicles out there. narrow at times. careful with the turns, had lights on and hand on horn just in case, it's a shared path coming and going. no mirrors out there like some southbay trails to spot on coming vehicles. saw some wild life.

off road driving
1 month ago

The gate was open, drove up and spent the night in the truck. Nice views, deer and turkeys in the valley on the way in. Someone stole the benchmarks and there was no register to be found on the peak.

2wd only needed, very easy with decent tires no clearance needed

2 months ago

Fun day trip from San Diego. Gates to the top are open right now but the one fork through to the north has multiple locks on it and never seems to be open. This is an up and back trail with a gate at the main entrance and another about half way up. The top one can be closed based on rain and trail conditions. I did it in my lifted 4Runner in 2wd about 90% of the time. Threw it into 4wd only on a few sections for more of a safety reason than slippage. Stock 4Runner who joined me had some difficulty in areas but never so much that I had to assist or recover. Many narrow spots for pull outs to let folks pass so just be careful and use hand signals. I had to yield for downhill traffic a few times as I was nearest a spot where we could pass. It's all good if you're cool on the trail. Please pack out what you pack in. Lots of trash and even some used tp at the summit. Not cool.
Suggest this more as a off road drive than a hike. Hikers need to be baller to treck this thing from the base road to the summit.

off road driving
2 months ago

https://youtu.be/owVcA36JdFQ
Any 4wd can go here!

off road driving
3 months ago

Didn't have time to go past first look out/turn around opportunity but really liked it.

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

Really fun and chill trail did it all in 2wd

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun trail that isn't too far away. The views from the top are outstanding. If you don't want to go all the way up, there's a little outlook about half the way up. Little bumpy, but I didn't 4WD by any means. The very top is small. We went early and only had another truck up there to share with.

off road driving
5 months ago

Kind of bumpy on the way up, but otherwise a very easy ride. It's important that you have some clearance, but otherwise 2 wd will do. The top has great views, but not a lot of space, so it's easy for this place to get packed with just a few cars. For some reason, people feel that they can leave trash up there. Please don't litter, and if you see trash, pick it up. Trash encourages more trash.