|Highest Elevation:||5300 feet|
|Duration:||About 5 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Hesperia|
|Official Road Name:||2N47|
|Management Agency:||San Bernardino|
Cleghorn Ridge is located near beautiful Lake Silverwood, offering spectacular views overseeing the lake and the San Bernardino National Forest. This trail is great for those looking for a day of adventure. Mostly a graded fire road that any vehicle can pass through, it also offers optional difficult routes for those looking for a more challenging trail. Nearby food, gas, and camping make this an ideal trip for a family weekend. This trail has a rating of "6" which is based off the optional routes, the main trail is easily rated at a "2" and passable by a 2WD SUV or truck.
Quite rocky or deep ruts. Rocks to 12" and frequent. Water crossings may exceed hub depth with strong currents. Shelves to 6". Mud may require checking before proceeding. Moderate grades to 20 degrees. Sidehill may approach 30 degrees. 4WD necessary and second attempts may be required with stock vehicles. Caution may be required with wider vehicles.Read more about our rating system
The east end trailhead for Cleghorn is located off Highway 138 roughly 1 mile east of Highway 173. There is available parking for small groups on the dirt area directly at the trail head, or for large groups there is a big parking area across the highway for a nearby hiking trail.
Not far into 2N47 you will run across your first fork in the road, a left will lead you to the first "Most Difficult" rated side road. Passable by a high clearance 4WD with low range, this one isn't too bad. Towards the end where it meets up with 2N47 there are some rocks to navigate around so choose your line wisely if you don't have much ground clearance.
The action starts quick running Cleghorn east to west. Unofficially named "Tip Over Challenge", you can see as to why it's been getting this name! This is the first turn off the main fire road that is marked as "Most Difficult". Once you enter Tip Over Challenge you'll have two choices: go left and you'll be catching some air time right away, go right and you can skip the 37" tire swallowing ruts for a short while but then you have no choice but to dive right in. A few rocks scattered here and there as you round the corner and start climbing up the trail lay ahead.
The original Cleghammer was on the west side of the trail but due to heavy fires followed by heavy rain the Forest Service has closed that route to rehabilitate the area. It was a very rutted and very very rocky section of Cleghorn. Now closed, Cleghammer II has taken its name. Most say that the new Cleghammer is harder than the old one and I would have to agree. Large rocks and very off camber areas make this by far the most difficult section of the entire trail.
After getting through Cleghammer, you'll come up to this split. Follow the heavily rutted trail on the right and crawl your way up the Big-V. The Big-V is exactly that, a long deep V-Notch cut through some heavy brush. About 3/4 of the way up you'll come up to a large rock face that you'll have to go up. Between the v-notch and the steep step up from the rocks, it's easy to get your axles crossed up and catch some air time with one tire. Slow and steady is the name of the game here; lots of traction but one wrong move and you've got a long way down.
After coming out of the Big-V, you will find yourself in front of an obstacle. With no name, and ever changing conditions, it's hard to say what it will look like when you arrive. But due to recent heavy rains the rut has been cut out extremely deep, as most others on the trail are right now. For those not willing to dive in, the trail is wide enough to go around it. It's a fun, flexy crawl but watch your passenger front tire placement as you creep over that rock. There is a big hole in front of it that will send the back of your Jeep air born if you don't ride the wall.
As you exit the Big Rut you will come to an intersection with 2N47's main Fire Road. Continue straight ahead to stay on the "optional" hard routes.
Once you crest the top of the trail you will encounter one of the few areas of Cleghorn with large rocks. These ledges are notorious for jarring your teeth out if you slide off them. The unforgiving rocks have given quite a few rear bumpers some battle scars.
After coming down the Rocky Hill, you'll hop back on to 2N47 fire road for about a mile until you come up to Ridge Runner, on your right. Literally cut on the ridge of the trail, it's a quick climb up and back down to 2N47 with a few twisties in-between to get the axles crossed up.
After coming down Ridge Runner you'll cross right over 2N47. Continuing straight you will start up a very green area, the trail is cut deep into the earth so you'll have walls of dirt on each side of the Jeep about 2-3ft high. On top of that there is thick brush that, at certain times of the year, will create a tunnel as they start to connect over the top of the Jeep's. It starts to climb almost right away with lots of off camber sideways fun. Once you reach the top there are some rock outcropping that can be challenging to open differential vehicles, but not impossible.
As with many areas in Cleghorn, there is another huge rut cut into the trail here. Completely optional, but suitable for all rigs.
Stay left after you come back to 2N47 to continue on the optional hard route. This will bring you up high where you can get some good views. At the end of this hard path where it connects to the easy path just before The Chute path is the Punch Bowl. This half berm turned full 360-degree berm is a fun stop to see how dizzy you can get. Many people do circles in this 360-degree berm till they can't anymore
The "Chute" got its name from most people coming down it. Depending on which direction your traveling, some people say feels like falling down a laundry chute! On this day we were traveling east to west so we went up it. You will definitely need high clearance here, it's a 3 foot vertical climb on the drivers side so long wheelbase vehicles beware. Just past the first climb you'll come up to another rocky, but now, super off-camber climb that will quickly send your front bumper pointing to the sky as seen in the 3rd picture. Once you reach 2N47, turn left to continue traveling west. You'll notice at this point you will be staying on 2N47 for quite a while until the next way point, this is due to a Wildlife Rehabilitation project that has closed down the majority of the west side hard routes. Please remember to tread lightly and stay on the designated routes.
After about 3-4 miles of winding down 2N47 you'll come to this intersection. On your left you'll find what used to be the original Cleghammer now fenced off. To stay on the optional hard route go right, although this section is not that hard it is still worth going on. Offering some spots to twist up your suspension while also keeping you up high on the ridge line, the views of the Cajon Pass are great. Typically you can spot the trains running along I-15 that stretch for miles. Once you reach 2N47 go right to continue traveling west. You'll have about 5 miles of scenic switch backs on 2N47 fire road before reaching the end.
The west trailhead (or end, depending on your direction of travel) is directly off I-15 one mile south of the HWY138/I-15 intersection. There is lots of room and even shade under the freeway overpass to air up and get the rigs highway ready again. Go north just one mile off HWY138 for the nearest gas station and food options.
Trailhead Coordinates: 34.300484, -117.337088