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Black Mountain OHV Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews
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Black Mountain OHV 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: 3,054 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

ohv / off road driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: Road is subject to closure based on wet weather or fire danger by the Forest Service. Easy shelf road with great views. It's a little tight to pass others. You'll need to reverse route and go back down the way you came in if the gate is closed. This trail offers a nice variety of easy to moderate obstacles. It’s great for beginners practicing picking their line.

off road driving
3 days ago

Was open and in good condition.

off road driving
closed
9 days ago

Gate was locked, could not proceed the full distance to the top. Nice trail otherwise.

off road driving
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
9 days ago

went today in my crosstrek (A/T tires, no lift). overall great trail. definitely narrow in some spots. I aired down from 40psi to 25psi which helped. If you don't have a lot of clearance, make sure you take it slow or you will bottom out. I kept it in first gear for the majority of the trail, up and down.

10 days ago

Used my stock Wrangler Rubicon with ease. Only used 4XL / H once just for a smoother ride. Beautiful views at the top!

off road driving
10 days ago

Nice easy ride in 4runner SR5 with lift. Great views along the way and panoramic view to the coast, at the top. Good camping spot under the pines.

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
1 month ago

Took my JK Lifted Rubicon Jeep out on the trail. It’s very easy with just enough areas to venture off to slightly challenge the Jeep. At the top of the trail you are rewarded with great views and pine trees. Mostly exposed but some shade in few areas. I’ll do it again with kids next time.

off road driving
1 month ago

Real fun. One gate was locked but we got to the top. Looked like several people had camped in several places recently.

off road driving
bugs
2 months ago

great trail! I rode it on 2wd and pulled right through. LOST my wallet on 7/23/19. If you find it please call 760-917-4303 (Diego Mendez)

off road driving
2 months ago

off road driving
bugs
over grown
3 months ago

off road driving
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

07/06/2019 all gates open! Great trail! Especially for people just starting to get into off-roading. Any stock high clearance vehicle can do this. 4x4 not required except in muddy conditions. Took my Ram1500 all the way to the top and it was a great time. Got a little tight for a full sized truck at times and got some pinstripes but other than that no issues. Definitely rocky so make sure you have some decent tires. Mostly loose dirt and rocks for the trail and definitely some large flies that like to land on your head during the summer. Definitely recommend!

off road driving
closed
3 months ago

The gate is closed 1/4 up on 20190622, you can take the right on the other trail and that will take you to lake Sutherland. All gates were open on that trail. Pretty fun, long, winding, easy trail with shade on and off. Jeep jkur hardrock in 2wd. Lots of pull over spots to have lunch. Traffic wise I only ran into one dirt bike rider and saw a gopher snake getting its tan on. Beautiful views and the family loved it! End it connects to the 78 into Town of Ramona.

off road driving
no shade
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Did this trail as a point to point. Overgrown and narrow in most parts. You can take it through black canyon road or out south towards the 78. Also to the Southerland dam. 4wd preferable but maybe not necessary. Completed easily in a subaru forester.

off road driving
4 months ago

For our first time in a very long time this trail was nice. Did not see other traffic till closer to sunset.

off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail good conditions. Trail to black mountain peak gate locked, took Santa Ysabel trail to Sutherland Dam.

off road driving
4 months ago

Main gate is open, but the gate right after the first look out is closed. There is another trail that goes around the mountain. But I heard you can’t get to the top on that trail.

off road driving
4 months ago

Trail is open as of 06/07/19

off road driving
4 months ago

Closed. No signs. No reasons. Just locked up. Some guys on dirt bikes said the trail is fine and they don’t understand why it’s closed.

off road driving
off trail
6 months ago

Mostly easy, with a few moderate areas. 7 Mike's to the top from the entrance off the dirt road. Fun, easy run.. nice flat spot on top for a picnic.

off road driving
6 months ago

Gate is still open as of 4-9. Only went up about half way but had a blast. Did it in a stock Jeep Compass with 4wd. Probably wouldn't do it solo and mid week again lol. Didn't see anyone else out there. Had some decent terrain and passing could be tricky. Passed a sign at the beginning of the trail that said off-road activity prohibited so that threw me off for a sec but that sign is for the hiking trail next to the entrance.

off road driving
6 months ago

It was wide open as of 3/30/19. The road is pretty easy as trails go.

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