Potato Mountain Wilderness Trail

MODERATE 532 reviews

Potato Mountain Wilderness Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Claremont, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 hours ago

I made it to the top for the first time last weekend. Not taking any breaks made it a tough challenge.

The scenery at the beginning of the trail looks beautiful in the morning sunlight.

hiking
4 days ago

I hiked up the steep section to the south (via the sharp switchback at the beginning of the trail) and jogged down the fireroad on the way back. Great way to spend an afternoon while I was in the area.

hiking
13 days ago

Mostly no shade. It actually has two ways to go up to the peak. The direction shows on map is easy but takes longer time to get to the peak. The other one is harder but shorter way to get to the peak. Potatoes are cute! The view is around 270 degree, you can take some rest at the peak, but still no shades.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

The trail climbs steady, but it isn’t too long of a hike. The trail is pretty and the view from the top is good. The only downfall was the large amount of trash and crappy toilet paper left behind. There were also a few shady people hanging out on the trail. I say hanging out because they never made it to the top. The trail itself was good and a quick cardio workout.

1 month ago

Amazing hike!

1 month ago

My husband and I completed this hike on March 15 while we were in CA for my cousin's wedding.

The first half of this trail is mostly shaded, with more sun exposure as we climbed higher. It was pretty chilly and a bit breezy even. Moderately steep almost the entire way. Good views of the rear mountains and of the SGV.

hiking
1 month ago

There is a small dirt lot by the trail head and a small dirt area across the street that people were using. I didn't have trouble finding a spot at 7:30 on a Saturday morning. My app clocked it at abut 4.4 miles and it should take about 2 1/2 hours total to complete if you are just walking like we did. Most of the walk there is uphill, but it isn't too bad and of course the walk back is downhill and easy. You take the same way back as you do there. When you get to the top there is a round cement area to sit on with the word potato spelled incorrectly (unless you are Dan Quayle). There are great panoramic views. During parts of the hike you can hear the running water from below.

hiking
1 month ago

Pros:
- Solid workout
- Close to city
- Expensive views of mountains and city

Cons:
- Crowded
- Fire road (not as interesting as single-track trail)

I really enjoyed this hike. I haven’t been hiking much so it was challenging, I almost turned around a couple of times but kept pushing through.

1 month ago

I went for my first time today. Very beautiful, helped me relax mentally and also a good little physical trail. Definitely coming back!

2 months ago

Tough trail! Great workout. Uphill till you get to top. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Good quick workout with a great view

walking
2 months ago

I liked this trail.
Cons:
Some exposed areas could be super hot in summer.
A lot of people/not a walk for solitude.
Bikes zoom down the path, listen for bike warnings.
When the turnouts are full it can be hard to park.
Not long enough to be a day hike.
Pros:
Pretty trees and rocks along the shaded areas.
Great uphill cardio.
Wide walking path that feels stable (some slightly loose sandy areas)
A lot of people so you feel safe.
Short enough to get a good morning workout and still have your day left ahead of you.
The view at the top is panoramic.
You feel accomplished when you reach the top.

Bring your adventure pass for parking and lots of water.

2 months ago

Great for cardio work out...

2 months ago

Got there early! The incline was a bit tough but I pushed through!

2 months ago

Get there early. Limited parking. Good steady incline the whole way. you need a Wilderness Pass.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike to do alone or with friends. A lot of incline, but the view at the top is well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Prepare for incline pretty much half the time.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is great from Evey Canyon and from the Claremont loop! EC was an easy going, early morning ‘we want to get in and get out so we can get some pancakes ASAP’, but CL was a nice little challenge. It does get very hot from the CL side with little shade, but EC is nicely shaded all the way up!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for moderate hike! Dogs do well!

3 months ago

Nice wide trail to the top.

3 months ago

i found this rather difficult....but then again i am out of shape lol. I completed it though, so its all that matters!! woot woot!

3 months ago

Took our dog up the main trail, great hike. Next time we’ll take poles and the steep cut through trail - without the dog.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this hike! My friend introduced me to the shortcut that has a steep incline but is well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a lot of fun and very good exercise for my friend who hasn’t gone hiking in a long time!

hiking
3 months ago

Underrated but beautiful hike in a gorgeous setting with a great view at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

hit the trails to kick off 2018. this was my first time there and I'm very happy my cousin introduced us to it. It was pretty steady with hikers and cyclists. Can't wait to go again.

3 months ago

We hiked in at 4:30 a.m. and enjoyed the sunrise. The city lights were spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

My kids and I hiked in at 5AM and watched the sunrise over hot chocolate. Good times.

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