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WILD gone from WILDerness?

You might think by getting an early start on a Saturday morning, the chances are good to beat the heat and crowds at the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. It’s not often that one can experience the great outdoors with some peace, quiet and solitude so close to home.

Think again.

  • The entrance to the park gets quite busy in the mornings.

    The entrance to the park gets quite busy in the mornings....

  • The road is steep and less traveled on the north side of the 5-mile loop trail.

    The road is steep and less traveled on the north side of the 5-m...

  • Some deer have gotten used to the humans walking the trails.

    Some deer have gotten used to the humans walking the trails....

  • This panorama is from the top of Potato Mountain. The 2.7 mile trail can be accessed from the Wilderness Park.

    This panorama is from the top of Potato Mountain. The 2.7 mile t...

  • The road can get rough is some spots.

    The road can get rough is some spots....

  • A redtail hawk eyes the ground below for prey.

    A redtail hawk eyes the ground below for prey....

  • Even at higher elevations, the temperatures is quite hot in the summer.

    Even at higher elevations, the temperatures is quite hot in the ...

  • Even during the shot ummer, there's plenty of green trees that provide shade.

    Even during the shot ummer, there's plenty of green trees that p...

  • The road along the loop trail is wide and well groomed.

    The road along the loop trail is wide and well groomed....

  • Parking is always an issue in the mornings. Our advice would be to check out the closest lot and pay the parking fee.

    Parking is always an issue in the mornings. Our advice would be ...

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