Cleghorn Fire Road

Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area, California

Distance15.9mi
Elevation Gain7,618ft
Trailhead Elevation2,997ft
Top5,276ft
Elevation Min/Max2997/5276ft
Elevation Start/End2997/2997ft

Cleghorn Fire Road

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. This trail connects with the following: PCT- Section C and 2n47.

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."

"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."

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10/23/2017
Great trail, not for the inexperienced.
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1/14/2016
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.
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1/1/2016
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
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7/5/2014
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.
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1/26/2013
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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4/25/2010
Fun trail. Collectively, it's easy enough to run it solo; but exploring the side roads gives it enough difficulty to get your blood going. I noticed the mile markers listed in the trail guide are slightly off, but trail crews have posted stakes to keep you on your way. If you have a GPS, just make sure you stay on Route 2N47. One last word of advice, get out and walk the more difficult spurs before going in. A few of the harder trails look deceivingly easy at first then unveil one obstacle that is impassable in anything other than a pro rig. All in all, an enjoyable day drive that is great for a stock suv.
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Very exciting trail with great view of Silverwood Lake, we have our friend Kerwin and Cherry on our Honda Ridgeline and their Seqouia 2x4 and we didn't encounter any problem ascending the main trail ridgeline of Cleghorn Mountain.
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1/31/2009
lots of fun. main trail is very easy and can be run in a few hours. the cut off and their are many of them can take days and some are for highly modified vehicles only(jeep like). start at the 138 exit, east side of freeway to the main staging area up the dirt road to avoid rangers or have an adventure pass and park at cleghorn overpass(i didn't get a ticket) the scenic veiws of silverwwod lake are awesome well worth the ride. i nearly flipped my 08 rincon onto myself a few times on one of the cutouts closer to the lake, use caution on them, main trail is very easy though. have fun
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3/8/2008
I took my Rover down. it's an amazing trail. just stay on the main road and nothing can happen to your truck. Also, if your looking for more dificult trails they run parallel to the main road. It offers some challenging ones. I went there the second time and took the difficult trails. They are very challenging. There are places you really need a great off-road truck to climb.
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2/5/2007
Very scenic trail, with lots of side trails. Some can be done with an agressive stock 4x4, but the main trail is fairly easy. Any vehicle with good ground clearence could drive it. Lots of fun with great views, recommend it!
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Trail Information

Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area
Nearby City
San Bernardino National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
San Bernardino National Forest
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer; San Bernardino National Forest map; USGS San Bernardino
Local Maps