Summit Serenity: A Guide to Black Mountain Group Campground in the San Jacinto Mountains

Perched at an elevation of 7,350 feet near the summit of Black Mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest, Black Mountain Group Campground offers a unique high-altitude camping experience with breathtaking views. Before you embark on your adventure, explore our top tips for first-time campers, strategic approaches for optimal camping, and gear recommendations to enhance your stay amidst the scenic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Map & Reservations

Top Tips for Campers Camping Here the First Time:

  • Early Reservation: Secure your spot by making reservations well in advance, especially during major holidays.
  • Water Considerations: As drinking water isn’t provided at the campground, bring ample water or refill at Cinco Posa Spring tap 2 miles south of the site.
  • Weather Awareness: Check weather conditions, and pack accordingly, as the camping season spans late May through mid-October.
  • Explore Nearby Trails: Take advantage of the proximity to hiking trails, such as the Fuller Ridge Trailhead on the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • Respectful Camping: Adhere to leash rules for pets, practice responsible campfire etiquette, and respect fellow campers for a harmonious experience.

Top Strategies and Tactics for Optimal Camping:

  • Ideal Season and Month: Optimal camping conditions are during the late spring to fall, avoiding extreme weather conditions.
  • Early Arrival: Plan to arrive early in the day to secure the best campsites and make the most of available daylight.
  • Group Size Consideration: Group camping fees vary based on the number of people, ranging from $50 for 1-24 people to $140 for 75-100 people.
  • Accessible Attractions: Explore attractions like the Black Mountain Lookout Tower, Fuller Ridge Trailhead, and scenic viewpoints in the vicinity.
  • Extended Stay: Given the scenic trails and attractions, consider a longer stay to fully experience the beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Recommendations on Camping Gear:

  • Cooking Gear: Portable grill, cookware, and utensils for outdoor cooking.
  • Sleeping Systems: Quality sleeping bags and pads for a comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Clothing for Varying Temperatures: Layered clothing to adapt to temperature changes, including warm evenings.
  • Backpack Essentials: Compact backpacks for day hikes and exploration.
  • Explore Our Gearlist: Check our gearlist account for detailed recommendations on camp cooking, sleeping systems, backpacks, and more.

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Embark on a memorable camping escapade at Black Mountain Group Campground, where the stunning landscapes of the San Jacinto Mountains await your exploration.