West Cucamonga Truck Trail

HARD 7 reviews

West Cucamonga Truck Trail is a 9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rancho Cucamonga, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2693 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

views

wildlife

old growth

over grown

hiking
6 days ago

Our hike started in the San Antonio Heights, on Mountain Ave, went up the southwest ridge of Frankish Peak, and then down the "fire road" on the northern slopes of Frankish to the West Fork Trail and out to Skyline Dr. in Rancho.

Here's some info for anyone looking to poke around any of the areas we visited. The West Cucamonga Truck Trail is actually in pretty good shape. The section going through West Fork Cucamonga Creek is pretty precarious (if you don't like fairly narrow single track over 20+ foot drops, then give this trail a skip). The section between where Barrett Stoddard meets w/ the truck trail and Frankish Peak is completely overgrown. It's passable, but prepare for a thrashing and bring GPS because the brush is thick so it's hard to visually get your bearings. Overall, I'd strongly recommend shuttling from Barrett Stoddard road near Baldy to northern Rancho Cucamonga. Be careful where you park in Cucamonga, because they will ticket/tow! Good luck!

Also I almost forgot to mention, mountain bikers use this trail, and they go through very fast. Be alert for them!

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful area but trails are not maintained . Trail was not marked well but we used AllTrails to track and it was fine. Not a busy hike . We never saw another hiker the entire time.

4 months ago

I started with my Golden Retriever at Sapphire Road and hiked to Baldy Road and then headed back to Sapphire. Good long hike, but minimal shade and very hot. Bring lots of water. Started as a dirt road and the single track trail was flat dirt, no boulder hopping .However, there are some narrow spots. As you near Baldy Road the trails turns into a dirt road again. Hiking boots not necessary. I would call it a strenuous day hike because of the length, around 18 miles, and elevation climb. I only ran into one couple mountain biking the entire hike.

10 months ago

we parked the truck in mt baldy at Barret Stoddard trail head and it looks to the truck trail it started as one of the best mtb rides ever trail was smooth technical wavy and had a great view BUT as soon as it became Rancho truck trail it got really sketchy it was overgrown and wash out's with a ten foot drop and the trail was only three inches wide for about a mile I was terrified and I was walking the bike I wanted to go back but it was 6 miles uphill so all and all trail is decent but expect to be terrified when it brakes off to Rancho if anyone finds how to take that trail and avoid Rancho lemme know !!!

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

I'd really nice trail after you come out of the fire Road, a lot mosquitoes, where log pans,it's just the careful with the people on bike, because isn't really a small trail, and some areas is to small for the banking and the hikers.it's not that much people walking, but it's a nice experience to see a lot of wild berries.I did 18 miles in and out.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

I have hiked this trail since 2001. After the fire in 2003, it has been unmaintained. It has become overgrown and has multiple washouts. I have not seen another person on the unmaintained section of the trail for many years.

My route begins near Archibald & Wilson, over to Haven, up into Calamity Canyon (aptly named when you see the trail washouts), follow W Cucamonga Truck Trail west to Cucamonga Canyon, down to Sapphire, and back home. Its about 17 miles so it isn't an easy hike at all.

It is, however, an adventurous hike with washouts, overgrown trail, and wildlife. I've observed bobcats, mountain lions, deer, rattle snakes, and even tarantulas. It is important to note that there is evidence of BEAR activity along much of the trail but I have never seen one.

The views are nice but it needs to be very clear to see downtown LA well or the islands like Catalina.

Overall, it's a great hike if you want to go on a long, unique hike that is isolated yet close to civilization. You should have cell service most of the time once you are out of Calamity Canyon.

I plan to start some maintenance projects on the trail to cut back the plants and make the washouts safer.

mountain biking
Friday, July 22, 2016