High in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, 20 miles north of San Bernadino, Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area captures the eye and the imagination with vistas of snow-capped mountain peaks reflected on the lake. Silverwood Lake was formed by the 249-foot Cedar Springs Dam, which holds back the waters of the west fork of the Mojave River as it passes through the San Bernardino Mountains. At 3,350 feet, it is the highest reservoir in the State Water Project. The park features hiking trails, swimming beaches and designated areas for boating, water-skiing and fishing. The lake has trout, large mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a marina with a launching ramp, boat and equipment rentals, and a store. The park has picnic areas, including three that can only be reached by boat. The lake attracts waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. Canada Geese and an occasional bald eagle can be seen in the area. Warm, dry breezes prevail during summer - with high temperatures averaging between 90 and 100 degrees from June to September. From December through March, rainy winter temperatures vary from the low 30s to the low 60s. The park is open Friday through Tuesday, from 7am - 5pm and is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
We enjoyed this trail immensely. The main trail is about a 2.5 difficulty. There are several side spurs that run from a "fun" 3 to a "holy cow" 5. Watch for the trail markers. Most of them are marked. We went out on a Saturday. Lots of traffic including one off road club that opted for some reason to park their 20-30 vehicles in the middle of the trail and party. Cleghorn is a fun trail, and we'll be taking our Jeep Rubicon Hard Rock out there again.
This place is awesome for a first timer in their new 4x4 or even and AWD vehicle with clearance.
My wife and I had blast pulling over and hiking off the trail sides for some photo ops. The perfect touch is it ends at silverwood lake so pack a lunch and eat at the lake.
Girlfriend and I took my 95 4Runner out for a morning trail ride. The trail is pretty fun. Mostly light driving with a few rocky spots where 4x4 is needed. Id say about 3/4 of it Was a pretty bumpy ride until I pulled over to air down my tires. The other 1/4 is smooth soft dirt. Took us maybe an hour and 15 minutes until we reach high enough to see some great views. To the south overlooked San Bernardino and to the north you can see lake silverwood. We went Monday morning at 10am and only saw 2 other vehicles. The top gets more and more beautiful as it turns to less rocks and more trees. Will definitely be going again
Tried this trail today in my 2001 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4. Had a great time. Nice bumpy roads made it fun for my first off road run. Tried one of the first challenging climbs and almost got stuck. Had to have my girl get out and guide me. Will def be back. Good for a nice day trip out and back.
Have a stock 91 4Runner that just had all brakes and suspension replaced. Have read about this easy run and was excited to drive. Great views and remote. Only say 1 group of 10 Jeep off-roaders and 1 ATV. Was nice to have the place to ourselves. Nothing really too hard on the easy sections, but some of the harder off trails looked challenging.
When I took it I was in a 2000 Chevy metro lsi. I found it pretty easy the difficulty came from the front wheel drive. It seemed like it would be easier if the car had more clearance and if it was 4wd. Overall a very good and easy trail.
This was a really cool trail. We did it just after the Blue Cut fires had been extinguished which provided a bit of a charred landscape. Right off the I-15, it's easy to get to and can be completed in less than two hours. It dumps you out right by Silverwood Lake. My suggestion would be to continue onto Pilot Ridge Trail and take that over to Lake Arrowhead. Easy trail with several very technical bits off to the side. Each technical shortcut had a fireroad bypass, easily completed by any stock 4x4.
The trail itself was phenomenal. I'd highly recommend it to all levels of drivers. Overall the main fireroad is easy to drive and shouldn't give any stock 4x4 vehicle a problem at all. There are side tracks that would definitely venture into the hard genre. When we did it, the 2016 Blue Cut fire had just been put out which revealed charred landscapes sprinkled with neon pink fire retardant. I would do this trail soon to check that out.
Keeping that in mind, I would be forewarned for the rainy season. There are areas that look like they could easily be washed out and become incredibly muddy, even more so now with all the trees being burnt to a crisp. We drove the Cleghorn Ridge trail and then ventured to this one, taking us from the I-15 to Lake Arrowhead. This trail can be done in under 2 hours with minimal ventures onto the side roads. Overall I'd highly recommend it.
Blake P. on Cleghorn Ridge Trail
Perfect beginner trail with moderate trails off to the sides.