Sugarpine Mountain Trail

Cajon Junction, California

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."

Sugarpine Mountain Trail Reviews

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This was a fun Sunday drive up the mountain on 2N49. Went a couple days after rain and the beginning of the trail in Verdemont was pretty rutted. Great views of San Bernardino and the surrounding mountain scape. There was some residual snow left on the ground at higher elevations, but the trail was clear and dry most of the way. Terrain was rocky, but not challenging. High clearance 4x4 will have no problem here, even with the ruts at the beginning of the trail. Will definitely drive this again.
Fun little trail. We went when it was snowing. We had a mix of stock 4x4 and modified 4x4. Any stock 4x4 can make this. The parts that we can see the view was amazing. Great little family day trip. Watch for people on ATVs and mountain bikes.
Cool trail, pretty easy. Some small rocky spots. Great views along the way. Ends at Silverwood lake close to Crestline.
Really scenic trail. I wish it would have been a bit more challenging though. There was one rut that was fun to navigate but most of it was just flat with 4 inch rocks. The brush was really overgrown so I had to be careful not to scratch the sides. But overall I'd like to go on this trail again.
Palm Ave is 2N49 service road, a pretty nice trip, very rocky on some areas and driver skill and correct tire placement is crucial to this drive. Hundreds of side roads all over the place and my route connected to 2N59 eventually getting me to Silverwood Lake. Various areas with plenty of 12"+ snow still around the trail, and some spots of deep mud. My Tundra 4x2 did quite well, glad I had a good Differential and plenty of torque for the tough areas.

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Trail Information

Cajon Junction
Nearby City
Trail Type
2 hours
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,600 feet
Top Elevation
San Bernardino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS San Bernardino North, Silverwood Lake, Cajon, San Bernardino
Local Maps