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Nighthawk Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 474' 144 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 1,254' 382 m
Low: 810' 247 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

Dogs

Leashed
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Trail shared by Craig Pfaff

Doubletrack trail from Hilltop Community Park.

Craig Pfaff

Features Views

Closed dusk till dawn. No services after leaving Hilltop Park.

Description

This rocky doubletrack trail takes you from Hilltop Community Park to the service road near the top of Black Mountain. This is an alternate route to taking the service road to the top and offers access to many side trails to explore the rest of the mountain.

Flora & Fauna

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis), Cliff Swallow (Hirundo pyrrhonota), Mexican Free-tailed Bat (Tadarida brazilensis), Common Raven (Corvus corax)

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Apr 8, 2018
Jenna Vivanco
Aug 10, 2013
tyler young
Boring trail I would only recommend doing in the winter when the weather is cooler

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Black Mountain, framed by clouds, viewed from the start of the Nighthawk Trail
Apr 16, 2018 near Poway, CA
Foggy morning hike.
Nov 2, 2016 near Poway, CA
One of many signs that point to side trails
Mar 25, 2019 near Fairban…, CA
Start of the Nighthawk Trail.
Mar 25, 2019 near Poway, CA

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