Nighthawk Trail to Black Mountain Summit

MODERATE 93 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
774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months ago

Fun hike with great views in all directions.

4 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.

trail running
4 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.

5 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice 4 mile training hike.

9 months ago

I love this trail

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Nice, short and sweet 4 mile out and back. Good for a quick training hike with a weighted pack. Several very rocky spots. I wouldn't recommend tennis shoes. I started at 0700. There were a lot of people hiking, walking, running and riding on the trails. Bust Sunday morning.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Great early morning hike. Awesome views from the top. Mixed terrain. Some rocks. Some flat. Only 1 steep section. Fun hike!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

Great! I felt like it was quite an accomplishment.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lots of dog poop at beginning of trail, some bikers near the top. From parking lot to top and back about 1 hr and 45 min at mod pace. Not too exciting but quick and close to home.

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Easy trail. Lots of antennas at the top so it didn't really feel like you "got away from it all" try a side trail or two for fun.

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