Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit

MODERATE 52 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

5 days 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
10 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

trail running
23 days 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
24 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

hiking
3 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.

3 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice 4 mile training hike.

5 months ago

I love this trail

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago