Summary: This is a basic follow the road to the top trip. You pass through recently burned areas that are reminiscent of the moon, or perhaps a forest ravaged by orcs.
It is uphill all the way, but it can be done in an afternoon. I made the trip in 3 hours.
You certainly wont see much wildlife, a few birds, maybe some small mammals, but the views of Baldy, Pine, Dawson, Three T's, and Cajon Pass are outstanding - best done on a clear winter day.
My digital camera is on the fritz, so I have included shots from the top of Baldy and Cucamonga Peak - once I can upload pics, I'll put in some recent shots.
Trailhead: Take the 15 or 215 North up Cajon Pass, exit on the 138 follow it east for 4 curvy miles, until you reach an unmarked dirt road 2N44. From the other direction, it is marked as Elliot. If you travel more than 4 miles, you have passed it. It should be easy to find. Drive up the hill and park next to the gate marked Private Road, if the forest road is closed.
As of now it is closed to Off-Road Travel.
Follow the road and electrical towers past the PCT, and then make a left to stay on the main road. There are lots of short cuts (steeper) along the way that cut out the curvy switchbacks, follow whichever path suits you.
The peak register survived the fires of 2004. (Lat:34.29416 Lon:-117.41257)
Trail Guides for Cleghorn Mountain:
Best Hikes With Dogs - Southern California
by Allen Riedel (Mountaineers books)
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Bernardino National Forest (909) 887-2576 Lytle Creek
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by tarol on 5/26/2010
The area is recovering quite nicely from past wildfires - and the wildflowers and views are incredible!! Go during the week and you'll have it all to yourself, too. Link to my photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarol/sets/72157624020632085/
Reviewed by KLS on 12/21/2009
12-19-2009 The gate is open and you can drive to the top with the right vehicle. We walked, just for the exercise, and managed to avoid being run over by all the dirt bikes, jeeps and other off road toys. Amazingly, the summit register is still there.
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