Black Peak Via Continental Divide Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
#17 of 50 trails in

Black Peak Via Continental Divide Trail is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, horses, and mountain biking. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

13.1 miles
2864 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers



Hike a portion of the Continental Divide Trail up towards Black Peak. A very satisfying hike with stunning views from the southern summit of Black Peak at around 9,000 feet elevation. This trek is point-to-point so the total hike is 15 miles for an out and back hike starting from the Hwy 15 trailhead. The portion of the CDT extending past Black Peak is currently closed due to fire hazards. Check with park management for updates before hiking through the area. There are also signs and a map posted along the trail indicating the closure area.

2 months ago

Hiked this route to Black Peak with my husband and dog on Saturday 3/31. From NM 15, turn at the sign for the Arrastra Site. Up the narrow, rocky road, there is space for a few vehicles to park. You can catch the CDT right from that parking area. There are a few ups and downs. It is not technical at all; most of the challenge comes from the length. The trail is easy to follow overall. The only confusing spot was at the turnoff from the access road at about 2.5 miles. It was not marked, but we used the Alltrails app to check. We clocked the mileage at 7.6 to the peak, for a total of 15.2. This trail recording ends short of the peak. Follow the sign for Signal Peak and turn left at a rock cairn for an easy trail to the summit. It took us 3:30 to go up and 2:40 to come back down. There weren't really views most of the way or at the top, except where you can see through areas of the forest that have been burned. We only saw one trail runner and one mountain biker the entire hike.

did this recently although turned around at 3m in cuz baby wasn't gonna tolerate. took the dog and he really enjoyed the snow! we were just in boots and got to the base of the twin sisters area

trail running
6 months ago

When they say "hike a portion" they really mean "a portion."
The view from signal peak lookout is breathtaking, however to get there you're actually hiking an access road, which is really challenging because of the incline through a giant section of burned forest.
I'm a junkie for mileage so I enjoyed it, very challenging from the bottom up, even if it is only an access road. 1.5 liters of water was perfect.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Awesome trail. High elevation - up to almost 9000' - and a number of ups and downs, but nothing too strenuous provided you are physically fit. There are some burn areas but otherwise it's a lovely wooded area with stunning views.

Sunday, June 22, 2014