Maple Spring Truck Trail is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
off road driving
Great trail for me because I live in OC not far from Silverado cyn. which is basically the beginning of Maple Springs rd. Be mindful driving through the town it's a tight 2 lane road for most of it. After quite a ways in you come to the trailhead where there's a parking lot and a porta-potty and a white gate. Sometimes gate is locked depending on fire danger or threat of rain. You can always check online or call ranger for gate status. If open you can continue and the road is paved for a bit and mostly narrow with a few water crossings if it's been raining. Then all of a sudden the blacktop ends and now it's Maple Springs truck trail. Part way up there's a crazy hairpin turn (look for a huge boulder on your left and a huge crazy looking dead tree laying on the hillside also on the left just after the big rock) if you park by the boulder off the trail and look down in the canyon you'll see a truck that apparently lost it an went over the edge while coming down...it just kinda puts it all in perspective, you know? I look out for this turn every time coming down and still to this day get it close to the edge on the way down. Keep going up and there's a good size clearing and a great spot to watch the sunset. Continue on up and after passing through another gate you will meet up with Main divide rd.
***Go right it goes up to Santiago and Modjeska peaks (great views from the top). Continue past peaks and you hit Indian truck trail (white gate) which if you go left it will take you to the 15 fwy in Corona or continue further on Main divide and it goes all the way to the 74 Ortega hwy. close to Elsinore.
***If you turn left on Main divide it goes northwest up the ridge and there's one more trail out this way called Bedford motorway which goes down and past a golf course at the end and dumps you close to the 15 fwy also in Corona. If you keep going past Bedford for a good ways there's a cool old "chimney house" ruins of someone's home from long ago called Beeks place. We saw a deer one night over in this area. I have a 4WD Jeep and obviously have no problem...dirt road is very rocky in spots and some ruts but a 2wd truck with a little extra clearance will get you thru with a little know how.
Great for off-roading, but kind of a boring trail. Good workout