Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit

MODERATE 79 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
15 days ago

15 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Very, VERY overgrown in some parts. Went on a few side trails that were just ok. I would really recommend hiking shoes as there are a copious amount of fairly jagged rocks.

hiking
24 days ago

As a guy who is trying to get back in shape and get outside, I found this challenging enough and beautiful. Took around two hours total which was just right.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Fun hike with great views in all directions.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months 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
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months 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
3 months ago

3 months ago