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Black Mountain Trail (2E35)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
68% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,329' 710 m
Descent: -13' -4 m
High: 7,499' 2,286 m
Low: 5,183' 1,580 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)

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Trail shared by JH CX

This trail starts at Hwy 243 and climbs 2,361 ft for 3.7 miles to Black Mountain and the lookout tower.

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Description

Also known as Trail 2E35, this trail leaves from Highway 243 at a small dirt parking lot 1.3 miles south of the Vista Grande Fire Station. The trail begins in chaparral at 5140 feet and ends on the forested slopes of Black Mountain (7772 ft) at the Lookout Tower. The trail maintains a steady climb to Black Mountain with occasional reliefs that lighten the load on your legs. The trail itself is fairly well maintained and consists of packed dirt and, at times, loose gravel. Runners should keep an eye on the trail and where it goes. The trail is not marked and, in a few spots, it can be easy to lose the trail. Use the Trail Run Project mobile app to help find your way.

There are excellent views of Banning Pass and Mt. San Gorgonio.

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Nov 27, 2017
Amy White
Didn't make it whole way but enjoyed nice views of surrounding mountains. Good hill training! 2.4mi — 1h 54m

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Beautiful views looking north at sunrise.
Nov 26, 2017 near Cabazon, CA
Views from ~2.4 miles up, looking south
Nov 26, 2017 near Cabazon, CA
Unique and large granite boulders dot the hillsides along the trail
Nov 26, 2017 near Cabazon, CA
Looking west from the trail at the low cloud cover over Hemet, CA.
Sep 18, 2017 near Cabazon, CA
An amazing Coulter Pine cone!
Nov 26, 2017 near Cabazon, CA
Typical trail for the first 3/4 of a mile - lots of surrounding brush with no views and steady climbing.
Nov 26, 2017 near Cabazon, CA

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