Socal - San Diego County - Ramona NickNames: #BlackMountain
Don't confuse this with the Black Mountain in Rancho Penasquitos. This one is much more 'mountainly' at over 4,000 feet.
To get there, take I-15 to Scripps-Poway Parkway and go east to Highway 67, then north on Hwy. 67 (past Iron Mountain trailhead) into Ramona. Keep going straight through Ramona and when you get downtown, turn left on 7th St. On 7th, bear right. 7th turns into Elm St. Then turn right on Haverford at the 'T' intersection. Haverford quickly becomes Pamo Rd. Follow Pamo Road down into the serene valley. You're in Cleveland National Forest now (so you'll need your Adventure Pass to park.) The pavement will end. You'll cross a cement bridge (with no railing!) over a creek, then a cattle crossing about 1.5 miles later. Just after the cattle crossing is the trailhead on your right. Just park to the side of the dirt road you're on, next to the barbed wire fence.