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.
Ok, this trail was fun, I went on the both sides, since the main trail was CLOSED FOR WINTER! Both ways I went were cool, it would've been nice to know it was next to the State prison I was alone with my Chihuahua, it being chilly & quite was creepy!! All in all gorgeous scenery ✌️
Tried it with a stock 4WD SUV, everything was pretty easy until I reached a point a few miles up the hill where even with ~8 inches of ground clearance, it'd be too risky to go through because of the tall rocks on the trail. I'm definitely coming back when I have a skid plate. The road is mostly narrow so if you have to pass someone, it'll be a little tough but I guess that goes with the territory.
Enrique M. on Sugarpine Mountain Trail
Nice and easy trail with great views. Started off of Palm Ave. and ended on Cleghorn Rd. Total driving time of 3 hrs. with a few stops to take in the views and a lunch break.
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.