Evey Canyon and Potato Mountain are some of the most loved places in Claremont. Potato Mountain stands as a sentinel over Claremont and it's Wilderness Park. Great views of the Inland Valley and the foothills of Claremont are to be seen. Evey Canyon is filled with Coast Live Oak and Sycamore trees, though four years ago fire sweep through them but they are recovering nicely. This is a great route for riding in the spring when flowers are blooming. Evey Canyon Road can also be linked up with other route in the Claremont Hills.
The Evey Canyon route used for Potato starts at the Evey Canyon fireroad trailhead. Ride around the closed gate on the left side. The fire road at first descends then climbs through oak woodland for 1.5 miles where it reaches a open chaparral saddle. Take the left road and ascend to the summit in about a mile. On the summit is a concrete water tank. It is a nice place to sit and watch the view.
A nice side trip is to take the west ridge firebreak back to the saddle with Evey Canyon.
Getting ThereTake the 210 Freeway to Basline offramp in Claremont. You want to head west on Baseline to the first light interesction, Padua Ave. Turn right onto Padua and go north, towards the mountains, for about 2 miles to the lighted Mount Baldy Road intersection. Go right onto Baldy Road and continue for about 1.5 miles reaching a series of turnouts just pass the San Antonio Dam.
When to Bike @ Red TapeEvey Canyon can be ridden year around.
You will need a Adventure Pass to park at the turnout. Adventure Passes are available at many gas stations in Claremont and Upland. You will also need a permit from the Pomona College Biology Department. Call them at 909-607-2993 and they will mail you one. This permit though is only required for the begining of Evey Canyon Road, not the entire mountain. Locals have been hiking this route for decades without ever getting a permit. Use this information at your own discrepancy.