Black Mountain Regional Open Space Park offers many trails for cyclists, equestrians, and hikers. But it’s the Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail that offers hikers the opportunity to explore the outdoors with their family members – and find some real surprises in one of San Diego County’s best outdoor recreation areas.

Winding through the chaparral and sage covered hills, ridges and canyons on the north slope of the mountain, the 2.5 mile loop trail is moderate in difficulty, and provides the visitor with some spectacular views – including both 4S Ranch and Del Sur neighborhoods – and the opportunity to break away from the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life. A wide variety of native plant and animal species can often be seen while trudging along the well-marked and maintained trail. With a diverse number of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles often seen during any Miner’s Ridge excursion, it’s easy to imagine coastal California as it was before houses, highways and…well, hikers.

For local residents who venture this convenient trail, don’t just trudge diligently to your destination (where you started); instead, take the time to smell, and to listen. Explore your surroundings and experience this invigorating outdoor activity.

Access Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail along the south side of Carmel Valley Road between Black Mountain Road and Bernardo Center Drive.