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Let's Hike Potato Mountain in the Dark!

We will meet at the trail head at 5:45 pm and start the hiking promptly at 6:00 pm following a 15 minute social. It will be DARK on the way down, so please bring a flashlight or head lamp!

We begin at Evey Canyon entrance by side stepping the locked vehicle gate. We hike through the beautiful oaks and greenery of Evey Canyon Trail.

It is possible we may hear the water run through the nearby stream to our right of the trail. 

About a 1 ½ miles into the hike we reach an intersection leading to the Claremont Wilderness trail to the right or Potato Mountain to the left. We will take a short break at this point and wait for the entire group to catch up. 

On this hike we turn left and hike up to Potato Mountain. On a clear day we will have great views of Mt. Baldy and the nearby peaks as we ascend.

Once atop Potato Mountain we can view the Saddleback, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains as well.

We will be hiking 5 miles round trip with 1200 feet in elevation climb. Potato Mountain sits at 3422 feet of elevation. We will wait for all to make it up to the top and take a short break to enjoy a well-deserved snack.

Then we begin our descent down. Once at the intersection we will wait for the group to catch up and make the correct turn to the Evey Canyon Trail back to our cars.

Level: Advanced Beginner-Moderate. This is a good hike for an advanced beginner to earn points toward their moderate hiking badge. The trail is very wide, in good shape and is mostly dirt with very few rocks to step on. If hiking this trail is too difficult for your level at this time it is OK. Turn back anytime, you can always try it again and improve next time. It is very easy to turn back and follow the trail back to the locked vehicle gate then to your car. 

Dogs are allowed as long as they are on leashes. 

Parking is located on both sides of Baldy Road and is free. No Adventure Pass is required. You are not deep enough into the forest to require an Adventure Pass.


Map of Trail

Directions 

Coordinates: N34° 9.790' W117°[masked]' 

Directions from the 10 Freeway East or West:  

• GPS Navigation suggests exiting the Monte Vista Exit off the 10 Freeway. 

• Head North. 

• Monte Vista turns into Padua Rd. once you pass Baseline Rd. 

• Continue on Padua until you reach Mt Baldy Road. 

• Make a right on Mt Baldy Road and drive for 1 1/2 miles until you see the parking turnout lot on the right and left for the entrance to Evey Canyon. 

• The entrance to the trail is on your left. 

• Your drive on Mt Baldy Road will lead you just over ¼ miles past the San Antonio Dam. 

*** If you drove through the two tunnels you have gone too far on Mt Baldy Road ***

Directions from the 210 Freeway East or West: 

•  Exit Baseline Road Go west on Baseline to Padua Rd. 

• Make right onto Padua. 

• Continue on Padua until you reach Mt Baldy Road. 

• Make a right on Mt Baldy Road and drive for 1 1/2 miles until you see the parking turnout lot on the right and left for the entrance to Evey Canyon.

• The entrance to the trail is on your left. 

• Your drive on Mt Baldy Road will lead you just over ¼ miles past the San Antonio Dam. 

*** If you drove through the two tunnels you have gone too far on Mt Baldy Road ***

Photos: 

This hike scored 4 1/2 out of 5 stars from Yelp reviewers. http://www.yelp.com/biz/potato-mountain-claremont

RAIN/BAD WEATHER OR FIRE CLOSURES CANCELS THE HIKE.  CHECK MEET UP PAGE/COMMENTS THE DAY BEFORE AND PRIOR TO LEAVING ON A.M. OF THE HIKE.

Waiver of Liability/Disclaimer: Please read before signing up for this event.

These organizers are not professional hikers or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies.  Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need.  Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bite, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite.  By participation in this event/hike you agree to not hold these organizers liable for any harm that may come to you, your guests, or your property.  Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are leaving the group.  Stay on the trail, never hike alone and use your own common sense.

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  • Farrah

    Got off work late again!! I promise I'll make it one of these days! :)

    4 days ago

  • Alfonso

    Stuck in traffic, see you next time.

    4 days ago

  • Kristin S.

    Still in a meeting, sorry guys :(

    4 days ago

  • Selma

    I'm going to skip tonight. Enjoy yourselves.

    4 days ago

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