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Silverado Trail to Bedford Peak



7.7 mile 12.5 kilometer out and back
79% Runnable


Ascent: 1,974' 602 m
Descent: -1,973' -602 m
High: 3,791' 1,156 m
Low: 1,876' 572 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 35% (20°)


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Trail shared by John McKinney

A moderate 8-mile out-and-back run up to Bedford Peak.

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There may be fire restrictions in effect.


A nice sustained climb up Silverado Trail to Bedford Peak.

Need to Know

May need an Adventure Pass to park.


From the parking area, head east on Maple Springs Road (which continues off of Silverado Canyon Road). At about 0.1 miles, just after crossing a creek, take a left onto Silverado Trail. The path immediately begins to climb at a moderate grade up the north wall of the canyon. The numerous switchbacks help to ease the steepness of the climb.

The trail, which weaves through sage and bedrock outcrops, ascends the ridge between Silverado and Ladd Canyons; the higher you climb, the nicer the views. Continue up the ridge until you reach North Maine Divide Road at about 3.4 miles. Take a right onto the road and follow it up the road to about 3.6 miles, where there is a path that turns off to the right; this leads up to Bedford Peak.

Bedford Peak is not a true peak in that it stands prominent against the surrounding topography; rather it is more of a bump along the road and if you stop paying attention you may miss it. Regardless, it offers great views of the Santa Ana, San Gabriel, and the San Bernardino ranges, and the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.

Flora & Fauna

Sage and other shrubs. Assortment of trees line Maple Springs Road.

History & Background

Silverado was named for the hopes of finding silver in the canyon in the 1870s. Silverado Trail was originally a fire road but has eroded down to a simple footpath.

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Oct 27, 2019
Guillermo Batres
First 3 miles going trough Silverado motorway are really steep, after that on main divide to pleasant peak is up and down. Great for training hills 14.5mi — 2h 40m

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