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Circle Mountain SE Firebreak

Circle Mountain SE Firebreak

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Circle Mountain SE Firebreak

Page Type: Trail

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.34300°N / 117.5856°W

Trail Type: Downhill

County: San Bernardino

Technical Difficulty: Hard

Aerobic Difficulty: Hard

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 900 ft / 274 m

Length: 2.0 Mi / 3.2 Km

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Created/Edited: Oct 19, 2007 / Oct 19, 2007

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Steep firebreak route.

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.

Trail Description

From the parking area drop down in the quick shallow saddle. The firebreak heads straight up from here, do not take the dirtbike trail to the left. Gain the steep fire break and continue on a good trail to the summit area. At the summit area take a use trail to the right across the broad brushy summit. Round the large clump of bushes and you will see a triangle survey sign, ten feet from that there is another one tucked into the growing brush. Some riders may want armor and full face helmets. I usually feel this is overkill especially on this route since it is more gravel and sand then jutting rocks. Drop fast and have fun, don't burn your behind on the rear tire.

Getting There

From 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 Tape

Circle 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.


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