shaded section of trail
destination, and turn around point, that peak in the background
Stoddard Saddle it the high point of this route, and also marks a point where the trail widens back to a fire road. However, since the road is not maintained in any way, landslides and brush means that much of the road has reverted to double and single track trail. Once again, it is an easy grade down, with a scenic rocky mountainside on your left and the depths of Stoddard Canyon on the right. You ride in and out of small side canyons, some wooded, some with streams. Day hikers rarely seem to go this far, so it is mostly likely just you and whatever wild creatures are out and about. Just before reaching the flat area at the top of West Cucamonga Canyon, and trail junction to other points, you head into one of those small side canyon (this one somewhat larger). There is a large corrugated pipe here, a concrete wall which I assume was a check dam at one point. The trail is long since washed out here and is the one place you will need to dismount. Continue on down to the flat area which is now heavily littered with aluminum cans. You can head down into Cucamonga Canyon from here, or go up to Frankish Peak.
recently widened tunnel of ceanothus
the offending spines of ceanothus
up on Frankish Peak looking down on the alluvial fan of Cucamonga Canyon
some manzanita was coming into bloom
nice riding trail
If I had out-of-town visitors who wanted to sample the home trails, those that are mere minutes away, I can think of three that we would ride, Monroe Truck Trail, Marshall Canyon/Palmer-Evey to Potato Mountain, and the Barrett-Stoddard to Frankish Peak. It's a worthy ride.