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Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain

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  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • The view opens up with increasing elevation.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • The view to the north from Glider Port Trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • The trail ascends through dense chaparral. - Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • The last segment of the trail is the steepest.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • View from the penultimate peak.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Almost there.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Looking back down at the trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • View to the northwest from the summit.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • View to the north from the summit.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • View to the west from the summit.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Black Mountain Peak.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • View to the southwest from the peak.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming at the summit.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming at the summit.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
  • The trail descends through chaparral. - Glider Port Trail to Black Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Little shade.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
1,555.00 ft (473.96 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Total elevation gain: 
980.00 ft (298.70 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
785.00 ft (239.27 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Glider Port is one of the many trails within Black Mountain Open Space Park that leads to the summit of Black Mountain. Even though it is a relatively short hike, the route is quite steep, and there is little shade to be found. Despite this, the wildflowers along the way and the panoramic views at the top make it absolutely worth the trek.

The trail starts at the northwest corner of Black Mountain Open Space Park and immediately begins its sharp ascent. After following a series of switchbacks through dense chaparral, views of the suburbs and surrounding countryside below open up. Just below the peak there is a saddle that is marked with a cairn. The final stretch to Black Mountain is the most challenging because it covers a very steep and eroded trail. Although antennas obstruct part of the view at the peak, hikers have the option to walk a short loop around the perimeter to see the whole picture. On a clear day the vista extends to the Coronado Islands to the southwest and the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.

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