Home to Black Mountain, which, at 1,554, is the second highest peak in the city of San Diego, Black Mountain Open Space Park near Rancho Penasquitos is a little-used gem that has riding opportunities for nearly everyone. Since 2002, the park has twice doubled in size and is now approximately 2,300 acres with more than 20 miles of trails. The original park, which includes Black Mountain itself, has intermediate and advanced trails. The main fire road to the top, which can be accessed by going through the gate at the top of Laurentian, is a non-technical cardio intermediate workout. Reaching the top, youll have unobstructed 360 degree views of Escondido to the north, the ocean to the west, downtown to the south, and the Laguna mountains to the east. As an advanced alternative with significant technical challenge, take the Nighthawk trail from the top of Sundevil Way and meet up with the fire road about two-thirds of the way up. For some sweet intermediate single-track, drive to the staging area off Carmel Valley Road midway between Black Mountain and Bernardo Center Drive and ride up to the Miners Ridge Loop Trail. Finally, all levels of riders can enjoy a 14-mile loop that begins at the community center near the corner of Black Mountain Road and Carmel Valley Road just follow the mile markers.
Intermediate Level Ride
Name: Miner's Ridge Trail
Distance: 8 miles
Trailhead Location: Northwest side of park off Carmel Valley Road
Brief: This is sweet singletrack built by mountain bikers. It climbs around and above the valley. Expect a sweeping, roller coaster ride with technical areas.
All Level Ride
Name: Sundevil Way to the Peak Loop
Distance: 12 miles
Trailhead Location: Park at end of Sundevil Way off of Bernardo Center Drive
Brief: Singletrack, doubletrack and fire road take you to a 360 degree view of San Diego county. Get a workout and reward yourself coming down sweet singletrack.