Black Mountain Group Campground

San Jacinto Mountains

San Jacinto Mountains

San Jacinto Mountains
Attractions and Activities

The San Jacinto Mountains provide great outdoor experiences year-round.

  • Birders look for Steller's jays, mountain chickadees, Clark's nutcrackers, red crossbills and others.
  • Hiking and horseback riding on mountain trails
  • Visit the Idyllwild Nature Center
  • Join a guided tour in Mount San Jacinto State Park
  • Take the Panorama Point Trail Interpretive Audio Tour
  • Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Children ages 7 to 12 participate in the Junior Ranger Program in the state park.
  • Make the arduous hike to the summit of San Jacinto Peak. (best in spring or fall)
  • Watch for wildlife such as raccoon, weasels, squirrels, chipmunks, deer, coyotes, foxes, bobcats, and perhaps even a bear or bighorn sheep
  • Winter cross-country skiing

Key Black Mountain Group Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on leash and attended at all times.
  2. Confine campfires to the provided fire pits. Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions.
  3. Obtain firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.

Black Mountain Group Campground

Black Mountain Group Campground is located at an elevation of 7,350 feet near the summit of Black Mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest. Access to the campground is 7 miles up unpaved Black Mountain Road. The road is not recommended for low clearance vehicles or trailers. Visitors to the campground enjoy wonderful views of the desert divide, San Jacinto Mountains and, on clear days, the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. The campground is 2 miles from the Black Mountain Lookout Tower with more spectacular views of the area. The area around the campground is popular for mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and fishing.

Black Mountain Group Campground can accommodate up to 100 people and 25 vehicles. The campground is in a heavily forested area. Drinking water is not provided at the campground, but is available at the Cinco Posa Spring tap along Black Mountain Road, about two miles south of the campground.

Campground Basics
Location: Black Mountain Rd.,7 miles off Highway 243, 9 miles north of Idyllwild
Elevation: 7,350 feet
Mileage from Gateway Cities: Riverside - 58 miles
San Diego - 130 miles
Campground Open: Late May through mid-October
Number of Sites: 1
Max. People per Site: 100
Vehicles per Site: 25
Pets: On leash, always attended
San Jacinto Ranger District: (909) 382-2921

Reservations required: whenever campground is open
Booking Window: Reservations can be made from 3 days up to 12 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 12 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $60 - $120 per night
Reservations: Black Mountain Group Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Black Mountain Group Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic tables, fire ring with grills; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water, but water available at Cinco Posa Spring tap
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Nearby attractions: Trail to summit of Black Mountain and to Lookout Tower, 1 mile to the Fuller Ridge Trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail, Fairview Point Scenic Viewpoint,
Mount San Jacinto State Park and its Panorama Point Trail (universal access, 1-mile loop to scenic viewpoint),
Lake Fulmor Picnic Area and trail,
Idyllwild Nature Center,
Humber Park, Devil's Slide Trail to Tahquitz Peak,
Indian Mountain OHV Trail

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