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Cleghorn Ridge and Sugarpine Springs

I set out to go an explore the Cleghorn Ridge Trail the other day, and quickly ended up taking every other trail in the area to try and find it.

In the end, I settled for the Sugar Pine trail which was itself a nice scenic treat up Sugar Pine mountain with many advanced spurs to divert off onto.

2n49 view from ford ranger

My road trip itinerary wasn’t very clear to begin with, so let me help you with yours.

Cleghorn Trail

The best way to get there is to exit the 15N at Cleghorn road and turn right or 15s at Cleghorn road and turn left about a mile before/after the 138.

The entrance is well marked 2n47

2n47 trail marker cleghorn ridge

The initial stretch is easy but just darn bumpy, and somewhat crowded with “weekend warriors” (of which I admittedly am one!). If you are going solo, someone will be there to tow you out!

Where I messed up is there is a fork that goes left towards power lines, and right towards trail marker 2n39 (I confess it’s 3 something)… I went left, you need to go right.

The left I swung there quickly put me onto the 138, and I figured I’d go around and catch the front end of the trail. About 7 miles down the road there is an exit for “Cleghorn road” and if you go right, you’ll end up at trail marker 2n49. This doesn’t take you to the Cleghorn Ridge though… instead it goes towards “Sugarpine Springs.” All this seems very logical, no? I really suggest that you map out the road-trip. Luckily my wife doesn’t care and is always happy!

2n49 ruthie

To catch Cleghorn Ridge from the other end, you want 2n39 and it starts about a ½ mile before this exit as I’ve marked the map.

How to find Cleghorn ridge trail map

Cleghorn is what I would classify as “scrub.” It’s not particularly picturesque and I didn’t stop to take any photos.


Sugarpine on the other hand was a very pretty drive and I think I didn’t stop to take enough pictures. It allows for distant city photos, scenic shots of lake Silverwood, the trail itself is charming, and there where sections where young saplings where thick like grass.  I really regretted not bringing my camera and only carrying my cell-phone. But you take what you can get!

2n49 sugarpine scenic

Here’s how to get to Sugarpine, just remember exit Cleghorn and go away from the lake:

Rating: Easy (my truck was acting up with a bad fuel pump… and it still made it!)

Nearby Trails with reviews: Lytle Creek

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