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San Diego Hikes: Lilac Canyon Trail

Lilac Canyon Trail

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Lilac Canyon Trail is a one-mile long trail in Black Mountain Open Space Park that connects the Glider Point parking lot with the Miner’s Ridge parking lot.  This is a great easy trail because it is fairly flat and has some great mountain views.  It can also be combined with other trails, including climbing to the top of Black Mountain.

 

Starting Point: Either Glider Point Parking lot Carmel Valley Rd, east from Black Mountain Rd or Miner’s Ridge Parking lot another half-mile east
Length: 2 miles 
Elevation: mostly flat
Type: out-and-back with option to add other trails for a longer hike

The trail system at Black Mountain Open Space Park is fairly new and is still being defined.  For many years, there were no established trails through much of Black Mountain.  Trails were simple carved out wherever hikers felt like it.  Now the goal is to establish trails that do not interfere with the mountain’s ecosystem.  I

Lilac Canyon Trail, along with its companion Ahwee Trail, formally opened in 2015.  This is a great new addition to Black Mountain Open Space Park because it is a fairly flat, scenic trail.  It connects into the full Black Mountain trail system so hikes can be as long or short as you want.  It is so new it is not on Google Maps as of this writing.  You can get the formal map of all the trails here.

Lilac Canyon Trail
In Miner’s Ridge parking lot Lilac Canyon Trail is on the right as you face the mountain.
Glider Point Trail
Lilac Canyon Trail is clearly marked at the Glider Point parking lot

Lilac Canyon Trail is a curvy, but fairly flat trail that hugs the contours of Black Mountain.  It is high enough that you get great views towards the northern areas of San Diego County.  On clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean.

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There is plenty of parking at either Glider Point Trail or at the Miner’s Ridge Loop parking lot.  Both parking areas are reached heading eastbound on Carmel Valley Road.  If you are heading west on Carmel Valley Rd you need to make a U-turn at the Black Mountain Rd intersection. 

When you do the Lilac Canyon Trail you will also probably want to visit the very short Trail for All People.  This short loop trail is found at the Miner’s Ridge Loop parking lot.  If you are feeling more adventurous you can also do Miner’s Ridge Loop and even climb to the top of Black Mountain.

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We are just starting to enjoy Lilac Canyon Trail.  For about 18 months starting in January 2017 Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail was closed due to high arsenic levels.  This meant we did most of our hiking from the Hilltop Park area of Black Mountain.  Now Lilac Canyon Trail is part of our new favorite 6-mile hike up Black Mountain.

For more hikes in Black Mountain Open Space Park go to our overview.

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