Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Cleveland National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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off road driving
7 days ago

Fun trail with beautiful views. Trail is a little narrow at times and we’re sharing the road with bikes, hikers but no problem if you know your vehicle!

off road driving
13 days ago

Made it up with no issues with my Subaru Forester XT 2018.

The last reviewer must have gotten lost because the trailhead is exactly where AllTrails indicates and it’s not a gravel road, it’s a dirt single track trail. It’s not private property either, all Cleveland National Forest.

Beautiful view

Only negative is all the trucks and motorcycles. A very dusty trail due to that... otherwise it’s a great hike with great views... nice trees!

A great hike with amazing views at the top on a clear day! Need to be in good condition.

off road driving
4 months ago

Nice trail, some steep areas that get a little exciting but mostly fairly tame driving. It can get hot, so keep water close, totally worth the ride for the views.

Great wide trail. Absolutely beautiful up in the Pine Tree areas. We were blessed with a cool morning, but not a shaded hike. Moderate hike, took longer than expected, as we did not have any parking at the trail head. Lots of friendly bikers, we missed the very top, but hiked 16 miles. We plan on a Fall Hike to make it. A must see.

Pretty long trail with a decent amount of elevation gain. Didn’t make it to the top so plan on taking a few hours to go out and back. Don’t go on a hot day, there’s not a whole lot of shade. Still very pretty.

Nice little trail to get away from it all for a few hours.. I plan on going back at night my next time around

the "trailhead" is not where alltrails indicates.. also the trail is not a hiking trail but as the name indicates, a gravel road. careful when you get out there, there is a lot of private property

Great trail! Beautiful views at the top!!

off road driving
7 months ago

Went today 3/28/18 and it was closed to off roading due to weather conditions.

Awesome Trail with a great view of all of Southern California. As other reviews say, its 3 miles straight up but there are plenty of switchbacks to help with the ascent. My garmin said it was about 2023 vertical feet. There is gravel for about 75% of the hike so be sure to wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Bring plenty of water and maybe a little snack to fuel up after your climb. I'm defiantly planning on coming back and doing this one again.

Side note: We brought our dog (which this trail is dog friendly) but maybe have your dog wear boots cause the gravel can be a lot of a dogs paws.

It was a awesome drive it can be hard for car that are not 4 Wheel drive but it can be done so many awesome views of the surrounding areas. And there’s a café that we went to and it was really good if you ever want to try this trip was amazing

Stunning views, lots of elevation gain, exposed to sun the whole way. Easy navigation.

Nice trail with plenty of shaded areas. Not very difficult but 4x4 is recomded.

8 months ago

Very easy. Very short.

9 months ago

This trail is NOT 19.7miles! It’s actually 26miles if you hike from the visitor center all the way to Santiago Peak. It could’ve been a good alternative to the Holy Jim Trail for those who don’t have a car suitable for off road. I’m not sure if you can park your car along the first 4miles paved road to save some miles. The view at the top is definitely worthwhile.

off road driving
10 months ago

This is a great trail to do with great scenery and views. Start off early in case all of the trail gates are open so that you have enough time to turn back around. You will need a 4x4 vehicle in some areas. Please don’t liter and help keep these trails clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

off road driving
10 months ago

This is not a hard trail. I did this today in my stock G5 4Runner. No issues at all.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Steep going up and obviously a breeze coming down. Very enjoyable views

off road driving
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Great beginner trail and not very hard

off road driving
Monday, August 28, 2017

sorry to hear it is closed. during the winter this place is beautiful and when it rains plenty of mud to have fun.

off road driving
Sunday, August 27, 2017

It was a super fun trail and was not as hard as it seems. I'd definitely do it again

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

I found it hard to find the trailhead, no distinct signs. Just hiked on Maple Springs Rd.instead.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Grace my GSD and I just finished this hike. I 100% agree with a previous review that you can skip leg day after this one. I agree with everything Sara Anne Robinson wrote. I'd like to add this this isn't kid friendly. I say that because you're exposed to the elements and it's a straight up for the duration of the first half. Also, getting to the trailhead isn't tricky but you could start to second guess yourself. Just stay on Silverado Canyon Rd until you come to the end of the road and that's the trailhead.

on Boulder Creek Road

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Good for gentle off-road - great for off road with strenuous hiking at Three Sister Falls. Nice vistas, water falls and switch backs. A bit long and monotonous.

You can definitely skip leg-day after this trek. Once you hit the trail, it's 3 miles of straight up. Single track trail (lots of gravel). Gorgeous views the entire way, especially at the top. Watch out for mountain bikers coming down... There's a reason it's called the "Motorway." Water crossing at the trail head after rains. Absolutely No tree cover!!! If you're thinking of doing this in the Summer, start early!
Absolutely stunning in winter/spring after a bit of rain!!!

Trail head parking is extremely sparse (5-6 designated spots) with a sign posted "No parking unless within designated spot." Adventure pass required.

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