Cleghorn Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a straightforward hike on a dirt road. You head in and up to the top of a very impressive ridgeline. The gain is steady and actually makes for an exceedingly enjoyable climb. This area was completely devastated in the Old Fire of 2003, and fell victim to firestorms of the recent past as well. The flora of the region is beginning to make a recovery due to the massive rainfall of 2005,but it is still a shadeless, waterless, and barren burnt-out chunk of land. It is doubtful that this section of the forest will ever regain its former glory. It will probably remain a victim of desertification; it is doubtful that even the junipers will grow back, let alone the pinyon pines that graced these slopes more than a century ago."
--Allen Riedel, Best Hikes with Dogs: Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"An exciting and scenic drive. An easy trail is intertwined with a difficult trail. Choose an easy or difficult route at almost every fork. Finish at beautiful Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area. Many other great roads in the area. If you park along the trail, you’ll need a Forest Adventure Pass. A very popular area for ATVs and dirt bikes. Steep and rutted in places. Many optional sideroads from moderate to very difficult. Suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs with high ground clearance and low range gearing, provided you take the easy choices."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
Great trail, not for the inexperienced.
Ran this trail with stock JKU wrangler and buddy came with MB GL, easy trail but when we went in Dec it was muddy. Tons of fun great views. Did not try the harder trails since buddy's MB was having difficult time already.
Update repeated the trail and completed it. There is a bypass at near the end which should be taken if you dont want body damage. There is a NO PASS spray painted on stone at this point. Go back and to the left (right as you come back) and take this bypass.
I liked this trail. I had my family with me it was easy and safe we got up there about 6:30 pm and we were out by 9.
Big thing I liked about it that it gives you the option to take a steeper (little harder had got to use my 4L) way up or the normal way up but end up on the same path. I have no problem in my 14 jeep wrangler unlimited few upgrades 3.5 lift on 35" with disconnect sway bar links
This is a nice drive with beautiful scenery. The main trail is fairly easy and most stock jeeps should be able to navigate it with little to no problems. However, there are many alternative routes to take that are much more difficult and only experienced drivers with appropriate rigs should attempt to take on these trails. All in all, a great deal of fun.
As others have said, this is a very easy trail until you leave the main path. It was muddy when we ran it so that added to the challenge. Our group had everything from bone stock JK's to some pretty well equipped rigs. We mostly drove the harder off-shoots and everyone got through fine. Great views, especially from the top of the mountain. Very fun.
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