Cleghorn Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area and San Bernardino National Forest. It is 15.9 miles long and begins at 2,997 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 29.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,618 feet. Cleghorn Mountain (elevation 5,325 feet) can be seen along the trail.
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).
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