Open Space Parks
Black Mountain Open Space Park
12115A Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92129
- Plants and Wildlife
- Things to Do
- Park Rules
- Open Space Trail Map Draft (PDF)
- Information on the Black Mountain Open Space Park Natural Resources Management Plan
Black Mountain Open Space Park is owned and managed by the City of San Diego and is made up of a series of chaparral and sage covered hills, ridges, and canyons. The park is currently 2,352 acres, with expansion a future possibility.
It is located in the Rancho Peñasquitos area of northern San Diego, situated between Camino Del Sur to the west, Peñasquitos Drive to the east, Lusardi Creek to the north and Carmel Mountain Road to the south. The centerpiece of the park is the 1,554-foot summit of Black Mountain, which provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area. On a clear day, the visitor can scan the horizon for ocean views to the west, mountain views to the north and east, and views of downtown San Diego to the south.
Access to the summit is provided by a 2.5-mile hike or bike ride up a dirt road that is near Hilltop Community Park located at 9711 Oviedo Way.
How to Get to Black Mountain
Black Mountain Open Space Park is easily accessible from four different trailheads. Black Mountain itself is served by two trailheads. From I-15 or I-5, you can take Hwy. 56 to Black Mountain Road and head north. For the Nighthawk Trailhead, turn right on Oviedo Street and right again on Oviedo Way. Proceed to the top of the hill and park at Hilltop Community Park. The trailhead is just to the north. If you would like to get to the Miner's Ridge Loop Trailhead, continue north on Black Mountain Road until you reach Carmel Valley Road. Turn Right (east) on Carmel Valley Road and proceed approximately .75 miles to the entrance you will see on your right.
The northwest portion of the park also has two trailheads. The first is on the north end of Black Mountain Ranch Community Park. From the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Carmel Valley Road described above, turn right (east) and take your first left at the stoplight into the community park. To reach the San Dieguito Trailhead from the same location, you will turn left (west) on Carmel Valley Road and proceed to Camino Del Sur. Take a right (north) at the stoplight and continue on Camino Del Sur. When you reach San Dieguito Road, make a left turn (west) and the trailhead is .5 miles on your right.
* Camino Del Sur also connects directly to Hwy. 56.
The City of San Diego offers numerous volunteer opportunities for people to get involved in Black Mountain and other open space parks. Volunteer opportunities include cleanup projects, habitat restoration and trail maintenance projects. If people are interested, they are encouraged to attend the Black Mountain Open Space Parks Citizen Advisory Committee meetings held bi-monthly. For more information, please contact the park ranger staff at 858-538-8082.
To report suspected illegal activity including transient encampments, encroachment onto City property, or other maintenance needs, please call 858-538-8082.
In an emergency, please call 911.