Johnson's Pasture is a local Claremont treasure. It was a old livestock ranching site that has recenty be bought by the city of Claremont after intense debate and funding allocation. This place really is the soul of this little Inland Valley Empire town. The route itself is more of a connector to many other trail options like Webb Canyon, Claremont Wilderness Park, and Marshal Canyon.
Basically there is a lot of side trails and firebreaks that come and go on this route. There is a lot of fun to be had. As along as you follow this road, which bacially runs the crest of the hills you'll be alright.
Roundtrip out and back is around 5-6 miles with 800+ feet of elevation change.
Getting ThereTake the 210 Freeway to the Towne off ramp in Claremont. Go north on Towne to the Baseline intersection and turn right going east to the next lighted intersection. Turn right at this intersection, Mountain Ave., and head north up into the hill. Continue all the way up until Mountain ends, turn right on the last road. Go to the end of this road and park in front of the houses.
When to Bike & External LinksThe park hours are from sunrise to sundown. Mountain bikers and hikers are to stay on fireroads only. And there is no camping. In the past my friends and I have camp all over these hills. There are places to hide and camp just outside of the park boundaries. There is little supervision in these hills, so do so at your own risk. Also fires are definitely not safe anywhere or anytime in these hills.
For more information on the Claremont Wilderness Park.
For more information on efforts to preserve the Claremont Hills go to savejohnsonspasture.org.