This page is about the difficult 4×4 off-shoot areas of Cleghorn 4×4 Trail. To read about the fire-road only (easier) portions of Cleghorn Road, please see this page: Cleghorn Fire Road
Cleghorn (2N47) is a fire-road that runs from Interstate 15 at the Cleghorn Road exit to Silverwood Lake. The fire-road is approximately 12 miles long and ends at Highway 138 just across from Silverwood Lake Recreational Area. The trail reaches a peak elevation of over 5,000 feet and often has snow in the winter/spring months, making the fire-road challenging/dangerous and many of the off-shoots very difficult. The trail is usually extremely windy near the peak and night-time temperatures can often drop well below freezing, even during mild weather.
Cleghorn Road has several “off-shoots”. These offshoots are mini-trails that veer-off from the main dirt-road and range from a few hundred yards to a mile or so in length. These “optional off-shoots” are mostly steep, rutted hills that range in difficulty from mild to extreme – it is these off-shoots that make Cleghorn such a unique and exciting trail for off-roaders. Most of these off-shoots can be easily viewed from the main road so you can decide if you want to try it or not – however many of the longer offshoots appear flat/easy from the road but get extremely difficult the further you go – some have no possibility of turning around and once you commit to these offshoots, there is no going back. The video review below clearly points out these “no going back” off-shoots so that you can avoid (or find) them.
Cleghorn Trail Full Video Trail Review Part One
Cleghorn Trail Full Video Review Part Two
Cleghorn Offroad Trail Starting & Ending Locations
Most people run Cleghorn “West to East” – beginning at Interstate 15 and ending at Highway 138 near Silverwood Lake. The trail can also be run “backwards” or East to West. When running Cleghorn backwards, the optional offshoots in the first 2 miles can be particularly challenging and it is not recommended for novice off-road drivers. Cleghorn 4×4 Trail also has a starting point a few miles east of Interstate 15, at the Summit OVH Staging area. Starting here instead of at Interstate 15 will bypass about 3.5 miles of switchback fire-road.
- Cleghorn Offroad 4×4 Trailhead (Interstate 15 starting point) – Map link: Interstate 15 Cleghorn Road Exit
- Cleghorn 4×4 Trail ending location – Map Link: Cleghorn End
- Cleghorn Off Road Trail “Middle” starting location Entrance to Summit OHV Staging Area – Map Link: Cleghorn Road/Hwy 138
- Summit OHV Staging Area – Map Link: Summit OHV Staging Area
- Entrance to Cleghorn Trail, entering from Summit OHV Staging area – Map Link: Cleghorn Road Continuing from Summit OHV
This GPS (.gpx) track file begins at the “middle” starting point of Cleghorn, just off of Hwy 138 near the Summit OVH Staging Area and follows the trail east, toward Silverwood lake – this track includes all of the difficult off-shoots.
Max elevation: 5298 ft
Min elevation: 3501 ft