Black Mountain’s network of trails has gotten more expansive with a new packed dirt path in Del Sur that is groomed and ready for hiking boots and all-terrain bicycle tires.

Connected to Santaluz trails and eventually to Black Mountain Open Space Park, the new section provides another link in the 18 miles of shared trails within the 1,000 acres of open space in and around the San Diego master-planned community. The new trail also connects to existing Del Sur trails that lead to the San Dieguito River Park and its planned Coast to Crest Trail.

Already crisscrossed with private and public trails, Del Sur’s newest trail extends from the community’s neighborhood park, Old Stonefield Park, down into Spreckels Canyon and then to a trailhead at Spreckels Lane. The path is highlighted by a canyon-view lookout.

From Old Stonefield Park, the trail may be followed north past the dog park and new homes under construction at Mandolin by Shea Homes, Valencia by California West Communities and Carleton by Standard Pacific Homes. When the trail crosses Camino del Sur, it connects with the existing Old Artesian Road trail. Continuing west and then south on this trail, along the perimeter of Del Sur, hikers will be able to connect to trails at Santaluz, and from there reach Black Mountain.

By going south on the trail, hikers experience the native flora and fauna of Spreckels Canyon, which nearly bisects Del Sur. The canyon trail continues to the new Spreckels Lane trailhead, passing new homes now under construction at Presidio by Standard Pacific Homes.

The integration of trails, open space, homes and recreational amenities is a hallmark of the land plan at Del Sur, according to Bill Ostrem, president and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch, developers of Del Sur. The community’s trail system is approximately 50 percent complete.

“Together with our six neighborhood parks, the well-maintained trails and expansive open space provide a quality of life for homeowners at Del Sur that cannot be duplicated anywhere in San Diego,” Ostrem said.

For more information, call 858-481-4200 or visit www.DelSurLiving.com.