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hiking
16 days ago

Only went 3 miles in to the saddle at Smith Mtn. 1st mile is a bit steep & hovers over the road. Keep going. It's worth it. Lots of birds, a skunk, and few people. Have gone the other direction from West Fork as well. Love it!

off road driving
18 days ago

Cleghorn is awesome all year round. We have seen the most beautiful sunsets here! You can make the trip as easy or as difficult as you'd like. There are so many trails to take, flexing to be had. We have done "the no point of return trail" and it is freakin' intense. I do not recommend it unless you enjoy pooping your pants. :P
It is best to go week days and make sure to catch the beautiful sunset.

Did this hike over two days, the descent down to the river can be tricky, especially with a big pack, as much of the trail is washed out. Didn’t see anyone else for the duration. Saw some bear tracks. Over all good hike.

Very steep from the park and was afraid of falling on the way down. Usually able to handle the mileage but the incline here at the beginning was just too much. Again was worried about the trip down.

off road driving
28 days ago

Great views, awesome trails!
Perfect trail for all enthusiasts. Drove up with my 09 4runner (2.5 inch lift, 32's) and my brothers stock 2013 Jeep Wrangler 4dr. Did the majority of the offshoots besides "the point of no return" trail (need sliders atleast). Had no problem completing the rest of the trail. A good spotter will help alot if you are not comfortable in some sections. Also be aware of not blocking the fire road for vehicles that just want to pass by.

This is an incredible piece of land. We did this west to east as 3 day/2 night backpacking trip from Black Canyon to the North Entrance. You are beholden to where a road crosses the trail for caching water. There seem to be several spots including Covington, Ryan Campground, Geology Tour Road and Twin Tanks. We chose Ryan Campground and Twin Tanks and stored 2 gallons per person (which turned out to be more than enough). Though it's common sense, I had read to throw away any punctured jugs. This is because rodents with hantavirus. The trail is well marked, but I recommend buying a Tom Harrison map. We did no route finding until the last section in the west before the North Entrance backcountry board. This was mostly because it was a large wash. This section goes in the same general direction and tended to funnel us back to the trail (though this might be annoying at night). We camped in a valley near the 13 mile marker before the steepish ascent and again just a mile passed the Geology Tour backcountry board. We saw next to no one and absolutely no other overnighters. I found the general grade of the ascents to be easy and the same with the descents. Most of this ascending/descending is in the first half of the trail. Can't recommend it enough. Enjoy!

off road driving
1 month ago

a moderate off road. It more challenging after ot rains the loose compact samd creates a challenge.

Great trail. Lots of choices once you get up there with more difficult options if you choose to take them. Otherwise it's a pretty simple road with a lot of great views

off road driving
1 month ago

This is a fun trail with some gnarly off-shoots! It’s a great place to test your rig and yourself. Great for folks new to wheeling, and some great views for everyone!

off road driving
1 month ago

Went through this trail a few times already. Great, close to home, trail. Rangers show up on busy days to warn or look for people driving on unmarked paths/off shoots. Some off shoots are intimidating and still working up the confidence to run through them.

off road driving
2 months ago

Amazing views and gnarly off shoots for some challenging climbs and drops with high walls

off road driving
2 months ago

Followed the main trail all the way through with my stock Subaru Forester XT with no issues. Definitely will do again!

One of my favorite hikes, did it roundtrip from the first West Fork parking, went up Bear Creek, past the turnoff aways, then back down to continue the trail up to the saddle, climbed Smith Mt., then on to Hwy. 39 and ran that back to my vehicle. Almost 20 miles total.

off road driving
2 months ago

Did a night run with 5 Rigs a power wagon and a Tacoma. The last off shoot is the craziest, but what an adventure. Heavy moguls and drops. Took my JL first time on a heavy trail. Me and my son had a blast. Ride with the Sons of Thunder 4x4 club. Nice group of men and women. A night run to remember!!!

Hiked in mid October. It was raining and cold but overall hike was great. We only made it to the creek before heading back up about 7 miles there and back. It's all uphill with no breaks on the way back. Saw lots of evidence of bears but didn't encounter any thank goodness. So be prepared for that. It's a beautiful hike over all.

It was a very beautiful day with some rain I really recommend to do at least one hike under the rain is an amazing experience it was my first time and I really like it there were not to many people and it was not cold except when you reach the top is very windy but other than that is a very nice hike last week I did the Cucamonga peak and it was also very good trail in two weekends I experienced two complete different weather I recommend both of them my advice is start no later than 6 am so that way you can have a good day.

Very fun trail. I have a 2wd truck and had no problem. Just stay on the fire road. Off shoots are for 4wd vehicles. Nice views

We recorded over 16 miles for this route. Ontario Peak view is wonderful. There are a far amount of felled trees to climb over, but not an issue for experienced hikers. Bighorn was “one and done” for us. There is a lot of shale and crossed switchbacks made path hard to find at times. Chapman trail on the way back is not for those with fear of heights, but it’s a nice alternative to lower trail. Be aware it is very exposed, very sunny so if you want shade opt for lower trail.

We do it the other way, we’re old. And we use a shuttle car down at Apple tree.
And we go from grassy...

fun trail. if you stay on the fire road it could be made in a suv or light truck. we took our lifted jeep and some of the off shots were pretty gnarly. All are passable with the right equipment. We will be back...

Fire road = easy with beautiful views.

Off shoots = some are intimidating, especially to the noobs. Pack of 6 vehicles and 3 incurred minor body damage. Disconnect if you can or else you might find yourself leaning against the mountain walls riding a good line. Expect to use rock rails at some off shoots.

off road driving
4 months ago

Fun trail, definitely 4x4 if taking the harder routes. Fire road is doable on stock vehicles , possible 4x2.

Drove it 9/3/18 during dry weather,

Good for someone at the intermediate level that's ready to get off the fire road and try some obstacles for the first time. Remember the trail is very slippery when wet.

backpacking
4 months ago

This has become my go to site. Beautiful hike and over night backpacking. Every time I have gone shared the site with at most 2 more groups and sites are spaced out far enough you really don’t get overlap at all. Be aware of the trail when it turns off the main creek it can be easy to miss, you want to go up the hill before the creek splits. From the fork there is no way to miss the spot. Trail can be tricky in spots depending on the water and time of year. In the winter there can be high water and tricky crossings with rock hopping and once we had to use a fallen tree to cross in the early spring.

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Comment on descending the Chapman trail: it was longer, narrower (above the camp site), at times washed out and a little sketchy, and with steeper sections than the main icehouse trail. Chapman was nicest below the camp site located about half a mile from its origin from icehouse. Was it worth less crowds? I was hot, tired, and the sharp rocky sections hurt my feet, so no for me.

I second what J P said about the bees! I highly recommend long pants or at least a jacket to cover up with when walking through the very narrow stretches of trail with manzanita bushes on both sides swarming with bees. I’m glad I had a windbreaker to use as a shield. If not from the bees, at least from the very thorny bushes that will be rubbing all over your legs. Bring plenty of water. It’s plenty exposed and very hot in the sun.

Hiked to Ontario Peak on July 24th. Beautiful hike and I had the summit all to myself. It’s a miracle that I wasn’t stung by any bees! There are a lot of flowering bushes that you have to squeeze by on this hike and they were all buzzing with bees. Hm... I’m either lucky or the bees just aren’t aggressive or easily threatened. The gnats were annoying at times too. My bug spray didn’t seem to keep them from buzzing right in my face and ears. All in all, I’d do this hike again. I liked it more than Wilson and cucamonga. Views from the ridge line are stellar.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike. No water source until about mile 5. Trail can be hard to follow at times. Lots of rock hopping. We only saw one other group of backpackers the whole time. In July the mosquitos were prevalent at night. Overall a fun overnight trip about 45 mins from a main town.

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