Black Mountain (San Diego County, California)

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Black Mountain
Black Mountain is located in California
Black Mountain
Black Mountain
California, U.S
Elevation 4,048 ft (1,234 m) NAVD 88[1]
Location San Diego County, California, U.S.
Coordinates 33°09′36″N 116°48′29″W / 33.159938322°N 116.808041817°W / 33.159938322; -116.808041817Coordinates: 33°09′36″N 116°48′29″W / 33.159938322°N 116.808041817°W / 33.159938322; -116.808041817[1]
Topo map USGS Mesa Grande
Easiest route Hike, class 1[2]

Black Mountain is a summit in the Cleveland National Forest of the Peninsular Ranges in eastern San Diego County, California, north of Ramona. The peak is measured at 4,048 feet (1,234 m), and is sometimes referenced as Big Black Mountain to distinguish it from the smaller Rancho Peñasquitos Black Mountain Open Space Park in the city of San Diego. Black Mountain offers a WX channel for people who wish to tune in on radios to hear the weather; channel is located on VHF frequency 162.4000 MHz.

Black Mountain is home to one of the largest remaining tracts of the threatened Engelmann Oak (Quercus engelmannii).[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Black Mountain". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  2. ^ "San Diego Peaks List". San Diego Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ "San Dieguito - Black Mountain". Projects & Plans - Land Management Plan. Cleveland National Forest. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  4. ^ Nixon, K. et al. (1998). "Quercus engelmannii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 

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