Claremont Wilderness Park to Potato Mountain is one of the long ways to do Potato. It is also one of the most classic mountain bike rides in the San Gabriels. The only drawback to this route is the Claremont Wilderness Area is very prone to fire and flood closures.
From the Baseline Exit on the 210 freeway head west towards Claremont. Go to the second lighted intersection at Mills Ave. Turn right onto Mills and head north towards the mountains with the towered summit of Sunset plainly seen. Go all the way to the Baldy Road junction. Go straight, on your immediate right there is the Wilderness Park overflow parking, continue straight to the upper parking lot and trailhead.
The round trip is about 9-10 miles with over 2000 feet of gain.
Essential GearJust the usual hiking gear, trekking poles, sun protection, and maybe tick protection depending on the season. If you are riding you will want all of your normal riding protection and bike tools.
External LinksFor more information on the Claremont Wilderness Park
For current conditions Angeles National Forest.
For more information on the Lower Peaks List of the Sierra Club.