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part ofSan Bernardino National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 25 2015   Season Dates


The Black Mountain Group Campground provides a picturesque camping location for large groups. Views from the campground encompass the desert divide, San Jacinto Mountains and, on a clear day, as far north as the San Gabriel Mountains.

The surrounding area provides a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, climbing, fishing, biking and wilderness exploration.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in a heavily forested area of the mountains in southern California at an elevation of about 7,500 feet. The roads to and within the campground are not paved and much of the area is part of classified wilderness area.


The Fuller Ridge Trail, which serves as part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail, is located just steps away from the campground. Starting at 7,600 feet, the trail follows the high, timbered ridge above Snow Creek, offering spectacular views of the desert. From there, it joins Deer Springs Trail and a strenuous climb to San Jacinto Peak, at 10,804 feet in elevation.


The campground provides one large group campsite that can accommodate up to 100 guests for tent camping. A parking area can accommodate up to 50 vehicles, but rough roads to the site are not recommended for trailers of any kind.

The site is equipped with multiple tables and campfire circles with grills. Vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is not available in the campground, but can be found at the Cinco Posa Spring tap, along Black Mountain Road, about two miles from the campground.

Nearby Attractions:

This group site is located approximately 50 miles southeast of San Bernardino, California, and 16 miles north of the small town of Idyllwild, which offers locally owned shops and restaurants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Hiking
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Lookout Tower
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Trailheads
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground
  • Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest
  • Contact the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2922 to check on fire and water conditions prior to your visit
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.83417, -116.73889
33°50'3"N, 116°44'20"W

From Idyllwild, California, travel north on Highway 243 about 9 miles. Take a sharp right turn onto Black Mountain Trail/Forest Route 4S01 and continue just over 2 miles. Forest Route 4S01 turns slightly left and becomes Black Mountain Truck Trail, which leads to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PO Box 518
Idyllwild  CA  92549

Phone Number:

Information:  (909)382-2922
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