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Claremont Wilderness Trails

Average Rating:    (3.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

There are two main trails from the bottom - Burbank or Cobal. Both are intermediate fireroad climbs. Once you reach the top, you can drop down into Marshall Canyon (see Marshall canyon write up) or go up to Potato Mountain. Great fast trails with some single-tracks on the Marshall Canyon side.
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Latitude
34.146334157393916
Longitude
-117.70854949951172
Trail Directions
Take the I-10 to Indian Hill and go North to Baseline. Turn left on Mills road. Take Mills to the end and park in lot at left -- you'll see the gate.
Trail Length
5-15 depending on loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Claremont
   


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Review Date
November 20, 2016

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: greenMarine ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Lame! There are too many bad ass places to ride in Southern California to ride here. This place came highly recommended to me by a friend who relocated to Texas from S. California. The only excuse to ride here is that it is close and your limited on time.

Why I feel so strongly that this place sucks. Its fire roads - no single track. Apparently there are some Down Hill routes on the western edge with shuttle access, but I was expecting single track. I did not look at any reviews before riding.

My bitterness about this trail was that it was simply fire roads. Good climbing for cardio, but not a rewarding climb with the adventure of a down hill decent. Again, this place would be a great place to train on a mountain bike for endurance. But is lame for the sheer thrill of riding.

I'll likely never go back.

Recommended Route:
Pfft.



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Review Date
September 12, 2014

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Damon Valverde ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ive just been in this area a short time and have seen many a fire road. The single track I have seen is not what I like. Having rode a lot in CO UT and HI. That said however I have not yet been to the Marshall Canyon side. I discovered this place just by cruising the roads at the Mountains base. Park at the top of Mountain Ave you can access Johnson's Pasture. You can cruise around on the dirt road ridge lines and get an understanding of the layout. To the far NW is Marshall Canyon where I plan on going today. Straight N is a fire road that takes you to Burbank trail intersection. Here you will encounter many walkers who pay and park at its trailhead. Mainly family types working off the fast food culture of So Cali. You will moderately climb to rest hut. NE is Potato Mtn. NW is Marshall. S is Clairmont and SW is back whence you came Johnsons pasture. Yesterday I started at the base and went up the Webb Schools road to a house and turned right onto the dirt. It is a Power Line truck road that is miserably steep and the 100 degree day did not help. At the second power tower is a single track. Head down and at the fork I bared left on a miserably dry hard rock rutted washboard single track. Every now and then stupid launch pads would pop up that unless you and some serious body armor or good insurance I would avoid. Maybe I dont have enough spring. At my age I ride to stay out of the hospital not go in it. Anyways go to the bottom and bear left then a quick right and it will take you back to Webb schools and to Baseline road. Today I hope to go up Marshall and bear right on the single track which looks to meander a little more.



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Review Date
July 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ezirydr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just be in shape if you want to tackle this ride. We started from the Park entrance, and it was easy going for 100 yds, then it was uphill crowded fireroad for 2 1/2 miles. A nice quick ride down the back side. Maybe I'm just an out of shape wimp. Probably.

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None known



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Review Date
March 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: chockwald ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this area more in the summer as the Cobal fire road provides a lot of shade for the first part of the climb. The Burbank fire road is exposed to the sun for the entire climb.

Recommended Route:
Have been riding this area for about 15 years. My favorite route is to take Cobal (nice and shady in the summer mornings) to the fork in the road (you'll see an old corragated water tank on the right just before the fork), then bear right toward Potato mountain. You'll hit a second fork where you will bear to the right and begin your steep ascent to the top of Potato mountain. You will encounter some steep section on this 1 mile climb over 12%, but the view at the top is worth it. After a break begin your descent retracing your steps to the for in the road by the old water tank. Bear right and do an easy 1/2 mile climb to the top where you will begin your desecent to the Marshall Canyon entrance. There are numerous routes through Marshall Canyon, some more challenging than others, but all eventually end at Emerald St. in La Verne. From there you can ride down to Baseline and go east to Towne Ave. and left to pickup up the Thompson Creek Bike Path which will take you back to the parking lot at Claremont Wilderness Park. Total ride time is about 2 to 2.5 hours depending on your conditioning. About 15 miles for the whole loop.



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Review Date
February 12, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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2.20 of 5, 5.00 votes

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Reviewed by: trailbuilder , from claremont

Summary:
Inland Empire still blows the big one for singletrack riding:DRIVE Hey, why do you think we're going to war with Iraq?

Recommended Route:
ammendment to my earlier review: at the very top of Burbank, go ahead and drop in at the beat up closed sign, I forget the name 'F*&%ked up and Rutted' maybe it should be, but it is still a good and challenging descent, drops you back near where you started climbing, go up again to the same place, get 'Itchy and Scratchy' (see earlier review), probably the best piece of singletrack in the park, drops you to the base again, go up (of course), hang the left instead of going to the top, go through the meadows, take the left up to the two power line towers and go to the cul-de-sac, look to the left, drop in, cross the road, head right back onto the ridge, keep dropping, and figure out how to get to the bike path and back to the Mills entrance, up again (do you hate me yet) to the very top, and go left into past the private sign, hang a one of two rights down into Marshall and right back up the singletrack to Cobalt and down home for an ass kicking loop that grabs most of the good singletrack this 'wilderness' park has to offer. Probably 17 mi. but I'm too old and cheap to buy a computer (they scare me!)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Juan, Trabuco, Holy Jim (San Juan Capistrano), Santa Anna River Trail (Redlands) MT. Lowe Summit(Altadena, highly under-rated, unknown ride), Vettner, Hillyer, Chilao Loop with Silver Moc Ext. (La Canada, Rt 2)



Comments
antslow (05/13/2007)
i though you said to go drive rather than ride there.
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