1N54 - Clarks Grade

Big Bear Lake, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 12/09/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 23 reviews )
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Highlight: 1N54 - Clarks Grade
Clarks Grade is a 4x4 off-road trail in the San Bernardino National Forest. Driving this trail is a journey through several ecosystems, starting at the lowest elevation at the Santa Ana River and continuing to the ridgeline south of Big Bear Lake. The lushness of the canyon bottom gives way to the semi-aridness of mesquite, sage, and scrub oak. Finally, towards the end, you reach groves of conifer and an open-air ridgeline. Rumor has it that this trail was cut in one week as an alternate way off the mountain when, in 1949, the storm of the century blocked all access in and out of Big Bear Lake/Snow Summit. A sign at the north end explains that the trail has been in place since well before 1949. Harland Clark always told the story his way; it looks like his brother Hiram made the improvements.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead for 1N54 - Clarks Grade, is actually a few hundred feet to the west of Seven Oaks Road, just north of the white bridge crossing the Santa Ana River. There is ample space for meet-ups and airing down.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Redlands

From Redlands and the 210 Freeway, go east on Lugonia Avenue (it becomes Highway 38), 20.3 miles to the Middle Control Road and turn left. You will have passed Angelus Oaks and the Oaks Restaurant just before this turn. The Middle Control Road is dirt and you will travel 3.5 miles until you cross the Santa Ana River at the white bridge. The road is now Seven Oaks Road. Continue 475 feet and turn left on 1N09 - City Creek, continue 0.2 miles to the 1N54 - Clarks Grade trailhead. 1N09 - City Creek, will veer off to the left.



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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How do I download these trails directly to GAIA maps?
–Brian Grebbien (11/12/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (11/13/2019)
–Dennis Clark (11/13/2019)

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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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