Black Hill (California)

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Black Hill
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Black Hill.
Highest point
Elevation 663 ft (202 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Coordinates 35°21′31″N 120°49′54″W / 35.358558325°N 120.831674953°W / 35.358558325; -120.831674953Coordinates: 35°21′31″N 120°49′54″W / 35.358558325°N 120.831674953°W / 35.358558325; -120.831674953[1]
Location Morro Bay, California
Parent range Santa Lucia Range
Topo map Morro Bay South
Age of rock 20 million years
Mountain type Volcanic plug

Black Hill is a hill in Morro Bay, California. It is a part of Morro Bay State Park. The hill is the second to last in a series of volcanic plugs called the Nine Sisters.

The west side of Black Hill is accessible by a trail that goes all the way to the top. The road to the trail is officially open during the day, but the opening and closing of the gate is unreliable. Black Hill is rumored to have received its name because of a tar seep on the north side of the hill.

Monterey Pine forest[edit]

There is a forest of Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) trees on Black Hill, called Fleming's Forest, on the hill which were planted by John Fleming, a former park superintendent. Fleming was working on another project and ordered twice as many trees as he needed, thinking that he would not get his entire order. However, he received his order in full and decided to use the left over trees on Black Hill.

Many of the trees have died or are in the process of dying from the pine pitch canker, an introduced fungal disease, also threatening the Monterey Pine's remnant native groves in Cambria and the Monterey Peninsula.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Black Hill Reset". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  2. ^ "The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo County". Santa Lucia Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 

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