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Cleghorn OHV Trail

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Other Names

Cleghorn Fire Rd, Cleghorn Ridge, Cleghorn Rd, Cajon Pass, San Bernardino National Forest, Powell Canyon, Sugarpine Spring, Silverwood Lake, Summit Trailhead, Summit OHV

Last Known StatusOpen

This old fire road is about 15 miles long and eventually ends near Silverwood Lake. The trail itself is rated easy, but there are a few side spurs that may offer a little bit of challenge. The terrain is mostly hard pack dirt with a few rugged sections but is wide enough for jeeps. The scenery is pleasant and offers some nice views of the San Bernardino Mountains and the lake.

The staging area off Cajon Pass is small and narrow and just big enough for a few compact trucks. RVs and trailers are advised to park at Summit OHV Staging area off Hwy 138, which offers plenty of room for parking, several picnic tables, garbage cans and a vault toilet. There is no shade structures and overnight parking is not permitted.

The trail is open year-round but may close on short notice during and after poor weather conditions or during fire season. All machines must display a current OHV registration sticker and Adventure Pass which can be purchased online or at nearby ranger stations.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from Oct 1 to April 30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic


Approx Size3,200 acres (5 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3100 to 4500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Chevron (760) 249-4575
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Chevron (760) 249-4575
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Mountain Lakes Campground (909) 887-7070
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Mountain Lakes Campground (909) 887-7070
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Mountain Lakes Campground (909) 887-7070
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Applewhite Campground (909) 382-2881
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Chevron (760) 249-4575


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year


Prosgreat scenery
Consstaging area is very small, no single track, not really a trail, just an old road
Our RatingRatingFair
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySan Bernardino, CA
AddressCleghorn Road, Phelan, CA 92371
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: San Bernardino, CA
1) Take I-15 North to Exit 129
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp, continue about 25 yards.
3) Stage at side of road.

For Summit OHV Staging Area:
1) Take I-15 to Exit 131
2) Turn right (east) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 138, continue 4 miles
3) Turn right (south) on FS Road 3N22/Cleghorn Road, continue .5 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (west).


Contact InfoSan Bernardino National Forest - Lytle Creek Ranger Station
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
(909) 382-2851
Contact InfoBig Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive
Fawnskin, CA 92338
(909) 382-2790
CommentSells Adventure Passes


Cleghorn Trail Photo

Cleghorn OHV Trail

The trail is mostly wide and smooth, making it a good spot to bring novices. The scenery is nice too, but there is no shade or water.

Cleghorn Trail Photo

View of staging area with four trucks parked on the shoulder of the road from the trail.

The staging area is tiny. If your vehicle is not small enough to fit on the shoulder you will have difficulty. Those with long trailers should park at Summit OHV Staging Area, which is north at Cajon Pass.

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Mature woman on full sized ATV and young child on small ATV navigating 4x4 trail.

This trail is a good place to bring the family.

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A close up photo of the OHV trail.

This is the beginning of the trail near Cajon Junction.

Cleghorn Trail Photo

Scenic view of jeep trail with mountains in the background.

For a short distance, the trail follows the interstate but heads in a northeast direction toward Silverwood Lake.

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Trail with gate left open on the trail.

This gate is locked when the trail is closed.

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Scenic view of trail and San Bernardino Mountains.

From Cajon Junction the trail heads east underneath the powerlines. From here you can see I-15 in the distance.

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View of trail heading towards the San Bernardino Mountains.

Another view of the old fire road. The trail heads east and eventually ends near Silverwood Lake, which has camping, beaches and boat ramps. This is a good place for an easy offroad trip in a 4x4.

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Staging area with I-15 in the background.

The staging area is located right off I-15.

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Forest Service signage for 4x4 trail.

The signage shows that the trail is marked as easy and open to dirt bikes, ATVs and jeeps.

Cleghorn Trail Photo

A scenic portion of the ATV trail heading into the San Bernardino National Forest.

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