Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit

MODERATE 74 reviews

Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
902 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

This hike was pretty straightforward, we started at the park and just follow the main trail as it wound a few switchbacks to the towers at the top of Black Mountain. It was not difficult to follow and we had plenty of room. There were a few mountain bikers and trail runners on the trail as well so you would need to keep your head up for them. The trail itself at a moderate amount of rocks so you did need to watch your footing but nothing too terrible. I would say the trail is kid friendly if your kid is at least eight or nine years old.

11 days ago

Fun hike with great views in all directions.

hiking
30 days ago

1 month ago

My main qualm with this hike / route is that, when you reach the top, there are no resting spots. Views are ok (throughout the walk). Would say easy-moderate.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

I did this as part of a 25K trail race, looping up and down and around all the mountain paths. The course was set up to be all about elevation so that made it really hard. Also the down hills were brutal but again that's how the course was set up. The interior trails with few exceptions were "technical" meaning rocky, really rocky, from all the storms.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice views early am and good one to get acclimated 2nd day here.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a pretty hike with easy parking and easy to find trailhead. Not much coverage on sunny days. It was 3.88 miles round trip, according to my Fitbit. Not as strenuous as I'd hoped it to be.

4 months ago

5 months ago