Circle Mountain is a prominent peak on the San Andreas Fault zone on the eastern backside of the San Gabriel Mountains. It has a blend of Montane Tranverse and Mojave plant life. Beautiful stands of Pinyon Pine, Fremontodendrons, Mountain Mahogany, and little Lupines populate the slopes of Circle. On the summit there is expansive views of the western Mojave, San Gabriel high country, and the distant San Bernardino Mountains. Circle Mountain is a quick jaunt located just outside of Wrightwood. The South-east firebreak route is steep loose route to the top. The firebreak does see occasional motorbike action. The route is strickly for downhill riders requiring a hike-a-bike to the top. This could be a good ride to combine with other trails in the are.
Getting ThereFrom the I-15 take the SR-138 Exit and go west on the SR-138. Go west 1.25 miles until you reach Lone Pine Canyon Road on the left. Take Lone Pine Canyon Road for about 7.5 miles where it reaches it's crest. At the crest there is a quick right to a dirt road, on the opposite side there is a small turnout where low clearance vehicles should park. If you have a high clearance vehicle continue down the dirt road about 500 feet to a parking area.
When to Bike & Red TapeCircle Mountain can be ridden year round as along as roads are open. Lone Pine Canyon can experience temporary weather closures.
You will need a Adventure Pass to park at the turnout. Adventure Passes are available at many gas stations and grocery stores in Wrightwood and at the SR-138 Exit from the I-15.
Go to San Bernardino National Forest for current conditions and camping information.