Sugarpine Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This moderate trail is only a short distance from San Bernardino, making it an easy day trip from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The trail leaves US 215 through the community of Verdemont, and after a mile it leaves the paved road and continues along a narrow road into San Bernardino National Forest. The road is restricted to street legal vehicles only—no green-sticker vehicles. It immediately starts to climb into the mountains along a narrow, uneven shelf road. The surface gets a little rougher as it climbs around the West Fork of Devil Canyon. After 5.9 miles, a very short spur trail leads to the top of Monument Peak and the historical marker commemorating the Mohave Trail. Immediately past the marker is a wonderful view over the San Bernardino Valley. Special Attractions: Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area; Long, moderately difficult trail very close to Los Angeles; Trail passes through a variety of chaparral and forest vegetation. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."