2N47 - Cleghorn Ridge

Hesperia, California (San Bernardino County)

Last Updated: 07/11/2020
4.8 / 5 ( 26 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 15.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 5300 feet
Duration: About 5 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Hesperia
Nearest Town w/ Services: Hesperia
Official Road Name: 2N47
Management Agency: San Bernardino National Forest
District: Front Country Ranger
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Highlights

Highlight: 2N47 - Cleghorn Ridge
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.

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Waypoints

1. East Trailhead ( mi)
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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.300484, -117.337088

Starting Point: Cajon Pass, CA

West Entrance: From Riverside county, take I15 north to Cleghorn Road exit located about 5 miles north of the I15/I215 interchange. After exiting the freeway turn right onto the Cleghorn road and you will immediately come up to a forestry service gate and the pavement will turn to dirt, this is the trailhead. East Entrance: From Riverside county take I15 north to HWY138 East. Follow HWY138 east for about 9.4 miles, you will come up to a scenic viewing area of Lake Silverwood on your left, and almost directly across from it on your right will be a dirt road, this is the trailhead for Cleghorn.

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Trail Reviews (39)

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Status: Open
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Ran it from West to East, took all the options with the exception of the second hill (very wet a muddy, my trail partner could not get any traction so we just went arround). Every other option was in great shape. The 2007 JKU 2.5" on 35's did it all, with just a few slips, a few rock rail slides, and some choice lines. The first little fun hill has lots of options so we did them all. The most difficult was the far left with a 3' wall in the middle of the climb, needed to inch to the left even more and made it over with the right front tire flying in the air. Most of the optional spots are on the left going up to the summit, then on the way down most options go to the right. By far the hardest hill was the last one heading out to the 138. As I ran W to E I went down it and few spots I was thinking what did I get myself into :), but just added to the fun. I'm glad for the upgraded teraflex breaks, the jeep felt in control while I was dropping off some required boulders. We were pretty late in the day, so not sure of the edicate here, but you would not want to meet anyone on this hill going the oppsite direction as you. Next time maybe I'll try running it East to West or drive arround then go back up in the East to West direction.

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Status: Open
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I’ve been on both the easy and extreme parts of Cleghorn. It’s a great trail for beginners who want to feel out their rig or people who want to get a little sketchy. I tend to stay away on the weekends because it’s usually overcrowded and a small trip can turn into an all day event, so pack a lunch.

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Status: Open
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Easy trail - we started where the coordinates took us to start but someone told us it’s wrong and to start the other way. 🤷‍♀️

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Status: Open
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Traveled west to east. Chose not to take any of the optional stuff since we were solo in a 30 year-old rig. Looking forward to trying some on our next trip. Great temps for summer excursions as well as great views. It really is like an amusement park in that you can choose your obstacles or just drive past. Did not see any other vehicles on the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Still doesnt disappoint

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail is in great condition. First time running it and I started at the west trailhead and went east. Super fun little trail with a lot of great looking optional lines to take. Amazing view down to Silverwood lake!! Will definitely return when im not driving it solo and try the optional lines. Not a single person seen on the trail, took a little over 3 hours with various stops for pictures mixed in. I have a Cherokee Trailhawk with a 2” lift and some 31” tires, kept it in auto for 99% of the trail. If you stick to the main trail any 4wd can make this. For those newer to off roading like myself, this is a great trail to test your skills and become more comfortable with your rig without much fear of damage. And side note, most of the trail seemed to have cell service

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Status: Open
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Trail is in good condition, but there were some sections on the main fire road that required 4wd. Two vehicles I was following got stuck in a section about 3 miles in from the west trailhead. One of the guys had a 2wd truck and the other guy was driving an AWD SUV of some sort. Had to be pulled out, then both had to turn around. 2wd might make it, but you need ground clearance, and choose your line more carefully. I went through in an F250 Tremor and just bulldozed through everything! Took some of the easier offshoots, as my truck is probably too big and wide for the tighter trails like the Chute. But all in all, a fun trail. And plenty of traffic and people willing to help you out if you get in trouble. So going alone is ok, as long as your vehicle is in good working order. Getting stuck would be ok, but annoying. Breaking down would be a nightmare. It is a long trail. Expect to be on it for a few hours. And make sure you get out of the way for faster traffic like dirt bikes and side by sides. Just take it slow, and you will be just fine on this trail.

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Status: Open
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We're newbs to all this, but we are totally HOOKED!! We had a ton of fun on this trail yesterday!! Considering this was our first time out (aside from fooling around at Azusa OHV), I stayed on the fire road all the whole way through. We started at I15/Cleghorn Exit and ran East. The majority of this trail is pretty easy, while some rutted areas were a little tough. But I've been watching plenty of videos provided by all the Awesome people on TOR.com and some on YouTube, so I had decent understanding of what kind of line to take. There was a really bad rut a couple miles before the end of the trail that tested my nerves. I had to reconsider my line three times so we didn't flop... luckily we escaped unharmed. I will definitely run this trail again, next time we'll travel west from 138. F150 4x4 ProComp 6" lift with level ProComp 35" A/T Sport Tires

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Status: Open
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One of my favorite Fun trail with a awesome view. Lots of technical areas with by passes.

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Status: Open
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I've done the trail 2x within the past month. Each time I've been exploring the offshoots more, but each time the fireroads have gotten more and more rutted out making it even better. I still have a lot more offshoots to do, but I won't be doing all of them.

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Status: Open
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The tail was in good condition I was able to finish the trail before the rain came in. Very few times had to go into 4 wheel drive.

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Status: Open
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Amazing trail. Great way to challenge your skills and to learn more about your vehicle. There are ruts but very drivable and the offshoots were at times smoother but take your time and enjoy.

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Status: Open
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The rainfall we had last winter made for some deeper ruts and would probably rate this more of soft moderate for that reason, but relatively easy 90% of the time. Ran the main trail at sunset into night. Trail is still well kept otherwise. Would definitely wanna do this again and try more challenging options. (JKUR 3” lift w 33s”)

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Status: Open
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I've ran this trail maybe a half-dozen times under different weather conditions and it's always a good time. You can stick to the fire road and enjoy the views, this makes it a very easy trail or you can hit some of the offshoots for more fun. Ran it stock a couple of times and was able to do a decent amount of the easier off-shoots (some not shown here closer to the 15fwy) with a little pucker factor since I was just learning the ropes. I've since added a suspension lift to my rig and tackled more of the offshoots and they have really challenged me but I made it through with no issue or body damage. I feel I need rock sliders and go in a group before tackling the tougher ones. I will say in the snow/rain it is very slippery and feels super sketchy as you ride next to the cliffs even along the fire road.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail today to put my 2-door JL's new 2.5" lift and bigger tires to the test. Had a lot of fun! I've done this trail many times and always do it in the reverse of what's listed here (I go eastbound). It's in good shape, though a little more warn that I remember in the past. It doesn't detract from its variability though. It's one of my favorites to do for beginners and experts alike. Stick to the main road and it's very easygoing, or take one of the brief offshoots and get in some serious flex. Not too far outside the city, great views, and perfect for an easy day trip without getting home too late. Going eastbound you end with a gorgeous view of Silverwood Lake dead ahead as you descend.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Quick inspection run. The trail has gotten a bit easier but still dangerous. Be safe, have fun.

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Status: Open
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Awesome place to enjoy a day out on the trail! Went on Jeeps Birthday so what a great way to celebrate. The trail is easy enough for a stock 4x4 ( 2WD w/ no playtime on the off-shoots ) and enjoyable enough for even a built rig running 37's. We went the West to East Route ( Cleghorn Rd Off the 15 switched over to the Cleghorn Ridge Trail then to the 138 ) I bypassed a few of the obstacles but we did end up taking "Hells Highway", Whether you're built or stock that final route ( Or First ) is awesome! Definitely take your time and enjoy the difficulty of it. My Jeep is nearly stock but I made it down just fine with the right line. I got some pin striping which will buff out easy LOL, rock rails did their job and my exhaust is no longer a circle but it was all worth it!

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Status: Open
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This review is from the RZR riders point of view. We are new to the off roading scene, so we chose to bypass the bonus challenges and just stuck to the easier route. We started at the east end (SR138 by Silverwood), traversed the entire trail to its terminus by interstate 15. Over-all the trail is in good shape, with one or two exceptions. I was not able to plot a location, however, if you are traveling east to west there are two areas of collapse that would be pretty damaging if struck. They are both on the right (south) side of the trail, the first approximately 10 miles in. It is on the edge of the road, unmarked, somewhat hidden, and easily large enough to swallow the front tire of the RZR. The second is at around mile 12.5. It is somewhat marked, but encompasses about 1/4 of the road and if you fall into this one, it is a long tumble down the hill. The views up the east side of the mountain are beautiful, you can take in a fantastic view of Silverwood Lake, surrounding mountains, and some of the high desert. As you reach Cleghorn peak you can see the forest and some trails (Sugarloaf, I believe) which are also very nice. The view on the west side of the peak is dominated by interstate 15 and the Cajon Pass (Cajon Junction), however you can also see the east side of the Mountains that lead to the LA forest. All in all a great ride for “newbies” I felt there was enough to keep us occupied and interested without being boring. Of course, there is always the alternate, more challenging bonus route if you need a challenge.

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Status: Open
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First off-road trip in an 85 CJ (6cyl, 5 speed) we've owned for 6 months. This was a shakedown run to test 4 hi and lo and NOT break anything on what is, let's face it, my wife's toy. In from the East I needed 4 lo almost immediately. 1st gear is a bit tall with oversized tires. The 32 inch BF Goodrich All Terrain tires slipped a little more than I expected on the steep sandy areas. The going got a steep and rough at around marker 13 (not really sure). My daughter and I were literally all alone on the trail so we decided to head back to the starting point and roll into Arrowhead for lunch. Arrowhead is a 30 minute beautiful twisty mountain drive away. The trail was green, beautiful and silent except for the wind.

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Status: Open
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Started at the 15 and traveled east to Silverwood Lake. The main trail is easy and in great condition. Lots of offshoots to have some fun. The wildflowers are still blooming. Stopped for lunch to enjoy the views. Nice easy 4 hour trip for us.

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Status: Open
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We started at the East Trailhead and took the trial west until we ended up at the 15 freeway at Cleghorn exit. If you stay on the main 2N47 this is a very easy trail. With that being said there is still plenty of fun to have while driving the trail. There was some off camber sections with decent climbs uphill, rain ruts and some rocky sections. There are several offshoots you can take that provide a more difficult wheeling opportunity that will bring you back to the main trail. This trail is a ton of fun with great views and cool places to pull off and relax. If you stick to the main trail it will take you around 3 hours to complete. 🤘🏻

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Status: Open
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Started off the 15 entrance. Trail is pretty flat, the offshoots aren’t bad until you get to the chute and Hells Highway toward the end. For those two wouldn’t recommended anything under 33’s and skids. My XJ with a 6.5” lift and 35’s and long travel did it no problem, but it was a little hairy and we had to help get a couple JK’s down who didn’t have spotters. Will definitely be back though!

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ran today via 15 entrance . Awesome time , the harder b route trails were a blast , close to SFV ill be back !

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Status: Open
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Fun trail all year round with bypasses fun for everyone at all skill levels

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Status: Open
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Always super fun. Have done this trail in both stock 2wd ranger and 4wd rigs in the past. It's always awesome. Great views. And not so far away to have to trek to the trail. Can be a little crowded at times. Motorcycles, side by sides and other 4x4

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran the trail with the group from JStar and had a ton of fun... Its been a while since I have ran this trail which makes me wonder why it been that long.... Can't wait to go back again.

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Status: Open
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Ran Cleghorn west-east from the I-15 entrance. First time for this trail, and it was superb! Good technical spots (Rocky Ridge and Chute, I'm looking at you) and the evening view was spectacular. All off-shoots were open as far as I could tell. I'll be back for Cleghammer II, that one I didn't do. 2018 Tundra, 6" lift and 35's

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Status: Open
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Fun trail , love it . It was actually the first trail I’ve ever been to ever. And I can say it was great. Great for beginner/moderate 4x4 owners

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Status: Open
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first time going on dirt with my 2018 Tacoma (completely stock). I was very surprised that there were very few vehicles present. I arrived at 8:30 am and struck a conversation with 2 older guys like me who were deflating their tires. I ended up following them and 2 very cool old Broncos followed as well. The bottom half of the trail had just been graded which made it very smooth and soft. I used 4 high thru this. The second half was rutted out in a few places and required a little more patience to cross. I ended up in 4 lo most of the second half. I enjoyed this trail and would travel it again because its really not a huge journey to get to. The 2 fellows I met continues on past the 138 and I went home. It took a total of 4.5 hours because we stopped several times to enjoy the views...

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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What a great day on Cleghorn... I was fortunate to wheel with some great people. As I continue to test out the new tires, I wanted to see how they would handle on slippery mud in more extreme locations... Boy, was I impressed. The new Falkens are great tires. The jeep is working great... Next stop, Johnson Valley.

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Status: Open
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We had a great time doing Cleghorn. This was my second time on the trail, and my first time tackling "The Chute." Big ruts and a fair amount of off camber areas are what make this such a fun trail. Your rig will get a workout in terms of full flex. The trail can change quite a bit from one trip to the next. Some might feel like the more difficult sections on Cleghorn deserve a 7 rating instead of a 6, especially going backwards (the way indicated by Trailsoffroad...east to west) especially up The Chute. Great trail for all levels of experience since virtually every offshoot is optional.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We completed Cleghorn Ridge going the opposite direction as noted here; basically, west to east. We took all of the difficult routes and had a great time. There were a few trails closed near the beginning for restoration, but for the most part, all of the more difficult trails are still open.

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Status: Open
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FUn, easy & close to home. Stock rigs did this with no problems at all. Just make sure you watch out for dirt bikers as they seem to run in to your brand new truck, and then try to flee with out exchanging proper information....Other then that, its an awesome beginner trail

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Status: Open
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A friend and I decided to head up Cleghorn Ridge to see if we would have access to some snow. Unfortunately there wasn't any, but the area was really wet and muddy. There are some signs of erosion due to the couple of storms that we have had in the past weeks. They don't pose a threat to the trail. On some areas the mud is about 8 inches deep which might be an issue for 2wd vehicles. Other than that you have that nice cool breeze with the smell of wet soil. Posted a picture of the aftermath of the trail.

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Status: Open
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On this day my wife and I enjoyed the challenge of 21 miles of off-road terrain, which took 4.5 hours to complete. Met some great people, and distributed tracts to fellow off-roaders. “Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth” (Proverbs 5:18).

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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My son and I headed up to Cleghorn to do some wheeling. The last time we had been up here was in November 2015, before what little rain we got. There seems to be more ruts on the fire road due to rain, but nothing too bad. We also ran most option trails and they didn't seem to have much runoff damage. All and all the road and option trail are in good shape.

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Status: Open
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Ran up to Cleghorn last night for a pre run of the trail to check conditions and access for 4x4 training class I'm hosting this weekend. Glad to report that even after a huge fire, the area of the trail is completely fine! We just blasted through the fire road and checked all entrance and exits of the option side trails, all legal trails are open. Overall the trails looks great with no trash and no burn areas. Stay safe and remember to TreadLightly! Also if interested on an off road tour of off road training check out my website at www.SCORschool.com

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Status: Open
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On our recent visit to Cleghorn, we took our newly acquired Nissan Xterra Pro-4x, with 32" tires, a rear locker, and fancy traction control working the front axle all from the factory and felt confident enough to tackle all of the optional difficult trails. We made it unassisted throughout the entire trail with some creative line choices on a few specific obstacles where ground clearance could prove to be an issue. Unfortunately we did end up going home with some rock rash on rocker panel, but nothing a new set of sliders wont cover up! Along with us came a few more modified rigs which had zero issues with the trail but still had an awesome time. Due to the large off-camber ruts, Cleghorn will test your suspension flex to its limits, and for me in my bone stock Xterra it tested my 3 wheel balancing abilities as well!

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: What obstacles do you recommend for a4x4 tundra leveled w/ 35’s, and a semi experienced off-road driver one this trail? I’ve completed anza-Borega lower coyote canyon and a few other trails similarly rated?
–Alex (08/15/2018)
–Josh Noesser (09/07/2018)

Writer Information

Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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