Black Hill is the second to last of nine volcanic plugs that lie between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay (the last being Morro Rock itself). The hike to the top travels through Fleming's Forest--a hillside of Monterey Pine trees that were planted by John Fleming (a former park superintendent). It is rumored that Black Hill received its name due to the tar seep on the north side of the hill. The distance from the Morro Bay State Park campground to the top and back to the campgrounds is approximately 3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 600 feet. This scenic and enjoyable hike is relatively easy and can be done in just a couple of hours (elevation 665 feet).
Dogs on-leash permitted.
Directions: Take Main Street into the Morro Bay State Park, take a left onto Parkview Drive (entering into Morro Bay Golf Course), take Parkview Drive to the fork. At the fork, stay to the left (going uphill) and the road changes to Upper State Park Road and ends at a small parking lot. Please note: there is a sign signifying road closed, but please pay attention to the times below.