Claremont Wilderness Trails - Trail, Claremont, California

Claremont Wilderness Trails - Trail, Claremont, California

DESCRIPTION

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.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 20, 2016]
greenMarine
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

Pfft.

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3
[Sep 12, 2014]
Damon Valverde
Cross Country Rider

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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2
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3
[Jul 19, 2010]
ezirydr
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

From the parking lot

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3
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4
[Mar 30, 2007]
chockwald
Cross Country Rider

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.

Customer Service

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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5
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5
[Dec 30, 1999]
john

The dirt wasn't very clean (dirty).

Customer Service

you've got to take the cobal canyon ascent past the water tank. Once past you'll enter the ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (watch out for reefer growers-they shoot to mame!). Once at the fork you can puss out and take the Evey Canyon trail to Mount Baldy Road; or take the Potato Mountain ascent to the top. At the top is a fantastic view of the San Gabriels, Pasdaena (on a clear day) and the Eastern section of the S.G. valley/ Inland Empire. Steer clear of the pentagrams and white pride temple at the top. Look for deer and antelope-they like to play here. Once in a while you'll catch a glimpse of a registered sex offender-this is county land afterall. On the way down keep an eye out for the actual refrigerator Jeffry Dammer kept his heads in (don't ask me what it's doing up here- it's just an item of interest, o.k.!) Take Evey Canyon down once at the fork. A fun downhill reminiscent of Thoreau's Walden Pond- Don Henley excluded. You'd better pedal like the dickens-mountain lions. I've seen more than one of the varmints carrying off a cyclist or two. If you have a rare blood type carry an extra pint.

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Start at Mount Baldy Road and avoid the above advice.

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4
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[May 07, 2000]
Scott Adams

Burbank's much better for climbing: it's more scenic, is a little more winding and has some good rest points if you need them. Here's the blow-by-blow: The first third starts off pretty mellow. You'll encounter some moderate climbing sections followed by flat sections. Enjoy this; the trail gets steadily harder. As you transition from the redder dirt of the lower trail to the tan dirt, the climbing becomes pretty consistent. If you need to catch your wind, pick one of the inside turns. The two-thirds mark (rougly) is a fork in the trail. Stay to the right - left is private property. If you're feeling tired and/or out of shape, TAKE A BREAK here. The next 3-400 yards is the steepest, most consistent climbing of the trail. You'll have a beautiful view of the road you climbed and the inland valley off to your right. Shortly thereafter, you'll encounter your first descent - watch your speed on this one! There's an off-camber turn at the bottom that can toss you into the hill if you're not awake. You'll have about three easy descents and rises before the descent starts. The first two-thirds of the descent requires care - watch for very loose dirt/gravel and some washed out areas. Once you descend into the canopy of oaks, though, it's pure bliss. The turns are all wide, you have very good visibility in front of you, and the terrain is easy. You can really let it out here. If it's spring, you'll go through about two or three creeks, followed by a nice big splash through a stream. Five miles roundtrip.

Customer Service

Stay left at the start and climb the Burbank Canyon trail, loop into the top of Cobal at the top and enjoy the awesome descent.

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As you descend Cobal, you can ascend another fireroad. It's just to your left as you encounter the water tank. This is a good trail, but less-traveled and less-maintained. It's still quite safe for riding, but the dirt can get pretty loose and rocky. Be ready for some sizeable climbs. This leads into Angeles Forest, and you can't go wrong there.

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4
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[May 09, 2000]
Scott Adams

The gate to get to Marshall Canyon is going to be on your left if you're riding Burbank to Cobal, on your right vice versa. The sign says something like, "Claremont City Limits." There are a lot bees around here, thanks to honey bee farm nearby - they very rarely sting, but just be aware of it. Descend about half a mile on the fire road, looking for a small train on your left. A little wider than single-track, there's a sign that says "Marshall Canyon Trail". Be CAREFUL on this trail! It can be technical in sections, and forward visibility is low - watch out for horses and pedestrians. If this is your first time on these trails, keep your speed LOW and your weight BACK. There are some sharp hairpins, wash outs, and some bumps/holes that could easily throw you for an endo. Depending on the season and recent trail maintenance, watch for loose dirt too. Keep descending and staying to your left, and you'll end up on a BEAUTIFUL and fast creekside path. You'll cross the creek several times, and the terrain mellows out a bit - you still have to keep your eyes open though. If you finish the trail, you'll end up next to some huge water tanks and houses. You have to turn around here - there's a very substantial gate blocking the exit. As you ascend, make sure you stay to the left (Angeles Park) side of the creek. There's a winding, switch-back laiden trail on the right side that's both pretty brutal and possibly on private land. (I say possibly because I've encountered park service on it and they've had no complaints, only to find a "private land" sign at the top.) So, leave that alone and stay to the left. Climb back out, descend out of the Wilderness Area, and go get some food and shower! About 12 miles round trip.

Customer Service

Do your usual ascent to the top of the ridgeline (I prefer the Burbank trail), then drop into Marshall Canyon, ride the creek, and ride back out again.

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A lot of good stuff in Marshall Canyon - just be aware that trails can throw some unexpected things at you. The fire roads, as usual, are reasonable.

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5
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[Jan 02, 2002]
Deb

This trail (fireroad) gets boring after a while but it is a good workout. It is only a 5 mile loop so many people ride it several times. Going up Burbank allows for many rest stops if you need them and the trails are in pretty good shape even after a rain. There are some ruts/erosion and loose ground right at the start of the Burbank trail, a nice washboard on the Cobal part trail where you're happy to have shocks, and a cool descent through the trees. It's not a technical trail, great for a novice rider who is in shape. Beware of people on the trail especially near the bottom of the trail and rattlesnakes sunning themselves in summer. It's a hot, sunny ascent in summer...go early.

Customer Service

From parking lot cross stream then stay left at fork and ascend Burbank canyon. To do the Burbank/cobal loop, stay right at all the forks. You'll descend cobal canyon and can either cross the stream and go home or decide to do it again.

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The first fork off Burbank leads to Johnson's pasture and the second fork off Burbank/cobal leads to Marshall canyon where you can find a ride for all skill levels (singletrack to fireroad). The roads marked private can be ridden on as long as you stay on the road and be courteous to other users! Visit a local bike shop for maps of the area.

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3
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[Jul 05, 2002]
Mike

This is a good workout and is good for training.The only problem is it's way to crowded on weekend mornings and it is short.I ride here 2 to 3 times a week.I prefer to go up Cobal and then descend back down through Marshall and ride to Baseline (yeah,I know it's the street)take this a short distance to Towne Ave and go north to Thompson Creek bike trail which will drop you off back at Clairmont again for about a 14 mile loop.Not really hard,but sure is fun.

Customer Service

I like riding up Burbank side ,but both are ok.This is my local after work ride.I'll either do it 2 or 3 times.If I don't drop down into Marshall Canyon.

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If I told you....I'd have to kill you.

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4
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[Jan 15, 2003]
trailbuilder

When you're bored with the world.

Customer Service

thru gate, first left up burbank canyon, right near top continuing up to crest, look on right for second old beaten sign, (used to say closed, first sign is a shorter trail guarded by big rocks that is less interesting) drop in to 'Itchy and Scratchy' single track over log drop, following ridge and sowewhat rutted steeps to rolling up and down nice trail back to near start. Very good trail but watch a few steep sections. Ends back on Burbank canyon fireroad above wide section, take a right and climb again. Hang a left at the fork and head left at Johnson meadows, by the powelines, look for a singletrack on left. Descend down over drops to a fire road heading left to Thompson bike path back to trail head, climb Burbank a third time again, head right at fork, left at private road sign, right at first or second singletrack, descend, right up canyon bottom to gate, left on road, descend to car. Just one idea, hey.

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Inland empire has beat singltrack, drive!

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2
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