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A Hike To Potato Mountain via Evey Canyon

Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike

It felt good to hit the trail this weekend after taking a few weeks off. For 2015, I completed the 52 Hike Challenge and covered more than 800 miles in the process. Setting a goal of 52 hikes for the year really forced me to get out and explore. It was pretty difficult at times, and a challenge to stay motivated, but looking back, it was my greatest year of outdoor adventures. For this reason, I’m excited to be picking up where I left off, and am setting out to complete another 52 hikes for 2016.  To get started, I took Julia, Isla, and Lilly to Evey Canyon to hike Potato Mountain. We usually hike to Potato Mountain via Claremont Wilderness Park, but opted for this new route to give ourselves a new challenge.

This hike is 4.4 miles roundtrip with 1150ft of elevation gain to the 3,360ft summit of Potato Mountain. 


Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
Potato Mountain

The trailhead for Evey Canyon is right off of Mt. Baldy Rd, with parking available on small dirt strips. We’ve passed this trailhead on our way up to Mt. Baldy countless times, and have always wanted to try it, but our eyes were always drawn towards the higher mountains. The beautiful thing about Evey Canyon and Potato Mountain, is that you have views of Cucamonga Peak, Ontario Peak, and Mt. Baldy that aren’t available anywhere else.  These views are especially incredible at the moment with all of the peaks covered in snow. I’m feeling the urge to get back out on those peaks to enjoy some of that snow before the warm weather comes back to melt it all away.

The Evey Canyon trail starts with a slight downhill before climbing up through a canopy of trees on a wide dirt path. There are no junctions or side trails, so navigation is as easy as it gets. A creek runs alongside the trail for nearly the first mile. It was cool, so the bugs weren’t a factor, but if you’re hiking this trail on a warmer day, come prepared.


Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
At The Trailhead
Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
On The Trail

The first and only trail junction for this hike is where the Evey Canyon trail meets up with the trail from Claremont Wilderness Park. Coming from Evey Canyon, the trail makes a u-turn and climbs steeply towards the summit of Potato Mountain. From this point on, the views of the San Gabriel mountains are quite spectacular.


Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
U-Turn Trail
Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
My Two Goldendoodles
Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
San Gabriel Mountains

The final half mile of the 2.2 mile hike to the summit is the steepest and most beautiful of this entire hike. What made it even more so on this day was that a grey and overcast sky was just beginning to transition to a canvas of blue and white. Isla and Lilly caught sight of another dog, and the sounds of voices up ahead had their legs churning.


Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
Approaching The Summit
Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
Looking Down To Claremont Wilderness Park

After almost one hour of hiking, we were standing at the summit of Potato Mountain with views of the Inland Empire, San Gabriels, San Gorgonio Wilderness, and Los Angeles County before us. We took some time feed Isla and Lilly, while taking photos and enjoying the views. After spending about 20 minutes at the summit, we made our way down on the same trail we came up. It was a great way to start the year, and a great start to the 52 Hike Challenge for 2016.


Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
Top of the Tater
Potato Mountain Evey Canyon Claremont Wilderness Park Hike
The Fog Burns Off

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

9 comments on “A Hike To Potato Mountain via Evey Canyon

  1. Thanks for all of your great hike pictures and blogs! Potato mountain is one of my favorite, quick go-to hikes/runs in Claremont. If you want a nice run that really pushes your cardio and legs to a new level, this is one of them! Stunning views this time of year are a great benefit, and the solitude from a trail less traveled than others nearby make for a fabulous experience.

    Cheers to my fellow hikers!!! 🙂

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  2. wow!! looks amazing 🙂 would love to to do this hike!

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  3. Smooth trail with great views! Cheers!

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  4. I’m sure you know it, but you really are so lucky to have this on your doorstep.

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  5. wow great pics! I want to head to CA and do this hike myself–to bad I have to shlep to work tomorrow instead!

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  6. Last picture has an amazing view!! Thanks for sharing!

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