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27C

Black Mountain #1 (LO)

7772'

Location: Riverside County, about 10 miles southeast of Banning, 105 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoLake Fulmor 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 960K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)


Nearby Peaks: Castle Rocks

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 2700'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Al Campbell, October 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 mile, turn left.
  • At 0.7 mile, turn right on San Gorgonio Avenue.
  • At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
  • At 11.8 miles, pass the Vista Grande Ranger Station.
  • At 12.8 miles, fork on the left and a sign "Black Mountain Trail". Turn left on Black Mountain Trail.
  • Drive 100 yards to the end of the road and park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5120'), hike up Black Mountain Trail (2E35) for 3 1/2 miles to the Black Mountain Lookout Road near the summit.
  • Turn right on this road to the summit. It is possible to shortcut this road by turning right just before reaching the road, then following a use trail to near the top of the Lookout Road.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 1 mile round trip on road
Gain: 400'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Al Campbell, October 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • See instructions for Driving Route 1.
  • At 12.8 miles, fork on the left at a sign "Black Mountain Trail". This is the turnoff for Route 1. Keep straight.
  • At 15.6 miles, Indian Vista scenic stop and fork on the right with 4S21. This is the turnoff for Indian Mountain.
  • At 16.9 miles, Black Mountain Road (4S01) on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.5 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 4.8 miles, fork on the left to Boulder Basin Campground. Turn left. Continuing straight goes to the trailhead for Castle Rocks.
  • At 5.3 miles, a campground in Boulder Basin. Drive through the campground and park at the left road fork signed "Locked Gate Ahead".

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (7520'), hike up the left road fork (signed "Locked Gate Ahead") and follow the road to the summit lookout.

NOTES

Volunteers man the lookout tower on the summit during the summer. The tower maintains a visitor sign-in book, which replaces the HPS summit register.

Black Mountain #1 (LO) is often combined with Castle Rocks in one hike. A permit is required to hike Castle Rocks. The permit can be obtained from the USFS Ranger Station in Idyllwild. It may be quicker to approach Idyllwild from the south via SR 60, SR 79, the Ramona Expressway, SR 74 and SR 243 (south) to obtain the permit.

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