The Trail for All People is a short 1,100 foot loop in Black Mountain Open Space Park. This fully ADA accessible trail opened in September 2016. It is a great place to visit on its own, but we like to come by here on some of our bigger hikes up Black Mountain.
The Trail for All People is located in the Miner’s Ridge Loop parking lot. The parking lot is reached via a right turnoff from Carmel Valley Road. Note, because of a road divider if you are heading west on Carmel Valley Rd from Rancho Bernardo or 4S Rancho you will need to go past the turnoff to Black Mountain Rd to make a U-turn. Either way the turnoff can be easy to miss.
The trail is officially named the Jas Arnold Trail for All People after Jas Arnold. Arnold was a resident of the area who passed away in 2016 after a battle with multiple sclerosis. He advocated for this trail because he really enjoyed the views in the area.
The Trail for All People is high enough on Black Mountain that you get great views of the northern area of San Diego. It also has several shaded areas to stop and enjoy the views. Along the way there are several signs identifying the plans of the area, as well as the landscape.
Trail for All People is a short walk, not really a hike. However, there are several larger hikes you can combine from here. Lilac Canyon Trail is a fairly flat 1-mile out-and-back trail, for a quick 2-mile hike. Miner’s Ridge Loop is a more strenuous 2.5 mile loop. For a more epic hike see our 6 mile hike that combines all these trails with a climb to the top of Black Mountain.
For more hikes in the area, designed for all skill sets, see our guide to Black Mountain Open Space Park.