Anchor ads are not supported on this page.

4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Get close to sagebrush, toyon, lemonadeberry, laurel sumac, and black sage — in a wheelchair

Trail for All People open one year now

 There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek.
There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek.

The Trail for All People is one of the few trails in the county that is wheelchair accessible, built to ADA requirements. The trail was created for people with mobility issues within Black Mountain Open Space Park. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department manages it. Reservations may be made with park rangers for a group outing. The trail is only about 0.25 mile in length and essentially flat, and the trail surface is decomposed granite. Pets are allowed on leash.

Four shade structures are along the trail with benches and space to accommodate wheelchairs.

Leaving the parking area, you are immediately immersed in coastal sage scrub habitat. There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek. Plants encountered include the normal coastal sage scrub species: coastal sagebrush, toyon, lemonadeberry, laurel sumac, and black sage, among others. It is common to see quail and rabbits, and raptors can be seen flying overhead.

The trail is only about 0.25 mile in length and essentially flat.

While the trail is open year-round, the best wildflower viewing is in the spring. In the summer, bring water and enjoy the smell of California sagebush, a member of the Asteraceae family that is aromatic due to terpenes contained within the plant. Look for frothy clumps along the sagebrush stems that is produced by spittlebug larvae waste as they feed on plant sap. This produces an environment that insulates against heat and cold and is protection from predators.

Sponsored
Sponsored
In the summer, bring water and enjoy the smell of California sagebush.

There are several interpretive signs along the trail, some with the plant names and interesting facts about those plants. A large topographical map helps point out landmarks and roads in the area. Four shade structures are along the trail with benches and space to accommodate wheelchairs where one can relax and enjoy the views and fresh air.

The Trail for All People became a reality in August 2016 with its official opening in September. The primary champion of the trail was Jas Arnold, a Rancho Peñasquitos resident who spent many years working to get the approvals for the trail. Unfortunately, Arnold lost his battle with multiple sclerosis just months before the trail opened. At the dedication ceremony, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said, “This trail gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It opens up a part of San Diego to seniors, families with small children, and those who use mobility devices that wasn’t accessible before.”

Note: Public access to a portion of the adjacent Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail is closed as a precaution while researchers conduct testing due to the higher-than-normal arsenic readings. An abandoned arsenic mine that has not been used for more than 80 years is near the trail.

Place

Black Mountain Open Space Park

12115A Black Mountain Road, San Diego

Distance from downtown San Diego: 23 miles (Black Mountain Open Space Park). Allow 35 minutes driving time. There are several entrances to the park, but the closest one to the Miner’s Ridge Loop trail is off Carmel Valley Road. From I-15, head west on SR-56 and take the Black Mountain Road exit. Turn north (right) on Black Mountain Road and continue for a couple of miles until the road ends. Turn right onto Carmel Valley Road. The park entrance and access road to Miner’s Ridge Loop is about 0.75 mile down on the right, past the Glider Park entrance. Parking is free. No facilities.

Hiking length: Approximately a 0.25-mile loop.

Difficulty: Easy. Wheelchair accessible with no appreciable elevation gain/loss.

The latest copy of the Reader

Please enjoy this clickable Reader flipbook. Linked text and ads are flash-highlighted in blue for your convenience. To enhance your viewing, please open full screen mode by clicking the icon on the far right of the black flipbook toolbar.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Sandollar, Courtly Noyse, Shelbi Bennett, Jewel, and Punk Rock Chili Dog Social

Folk, world, punk, rock, and reggae in Ocean Beach, City Heights, Carlsbad, Little Italy, downtown
 There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek.
There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek.

The Trail for All People is one of the few trails in the county that is wheelchair accessible, built to ADA requirements. The trail was created for people with mobility issues within Black Mountain Open Space Park. The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department manages it. Reservations may be made with park rangers for a group outing. The trail is only about 0.25 mile in length and essentially flat, and the trail surface is decomposed granite. Pets are allowed on leash.

Four shade structures are along the trail with benches and space to accommodate wheelchairs.

Leaving the parking area, you are immediately immersed in coastal sage scrub habitat. There are expansive views to the north toward the 4-S Ranch and west toward Black Mountain and Lusardi Creek. Plants encountered include the normal coastal sage scrub species: coastal sagebrush, toyon, lemonadeberry, laurel sumac, and black sage, among others. It is common to see quail and rabbits, and raptors can be seen flying overhead.

The trail is only about 0.25 mile in length and essentially flat.

While the trail is open year-round, the best wildflower viewing is in the spring. In the summer, bring water and enjoy the smell of California sagebush, a member of the Asteraceae family that is aromatic due to terpenes contained within the plant. Look for frothy clumps along the sagebrush stems that is produced by spittlebug larvae waste as they feed on plant sap. This produces an environment that insulates against heat and cold and is protection from predators.

Sponsored
Sponsored
In the summer, bring water and enjoy the smell of California sagebush.

There are several interpretive signs along the trail, some with the plant names and interesting facts about those plants. A large topographical map helps point out landmarks and roads in the area. Four shade structures are along the trail with benches and space to accommodate wheelchairs where one can relax and enjoy the views and fresh air.

The Trail for All People became a reality in August 2016 with its official opening in September. The primary champion of the trail was Jas Arnold, a Rancho Peñasquitos resident who spent many years working to get the approvals for the trail. Unfortunately, Arnold lost his battle with multiple sclerosis just months before the trail opened. At the dedication ceremony, San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said, “This trail gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. It opens up a part of San Diego to seniors, families with small children, and those who use mobility devices that wasn’t accessible before.”

Note: Public access to a portion of the adjacent Miner’s Ridge Loop Trail is closed as a precaution while researchers conduct testing due to the higher-than-normal arsenic readings. An abandoned arsenic mine that has not been used for more than 80 years is near the trail.

Place

Black Mountain Open Space Park

12115A Black Mountain Road, San Diego

Distance from downtown San Diego: 23 miles (Black Mountain Open Space Park). Allow 35 minutes driving time. There are several entrances to the park, but the closest one to the Miner’s Ridge Loop trail is off Carmel Valley Road. From I-15, head west on SR-56 and take the Black Mountain Road exit. Turn north (right) on Black Mountain Road and continue for a couple of miles until the road ends. Turn right onto Carmel Valley Road. The park entrance and access road to Miner’s Ridge Loop is about 0.75 mile down on the right, past the Glider Park entrance. Parking is free. No facilities.

Hiking length: Approximately a 0.25-mile loop.

Difficulty: Easy. Wheelchair accessible with no appreciable elevation gain/loss.

Comments
Sponsored

The latest copy of the Reader

Please enjoy this clickable Reader flipbook. Linked text and ads are flash-highlighted in blue for your convenience. To enhance your viewing, please open full screen mode by clicking the icon on the far right of the black flipbook toolbar.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Jakob Nowell takes up his father’s role as Sublime frontman

New lineup will perform at Bayfest on July 20
Next Article

Shorebirds active in local tidal zones, full buck moon on Sunday

Extreme high tides this weekend, perfect for grunion grabbing
Comments
Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox Movies@Home — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close

Anchor ads are not supported on this page.