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.

Excellent usually but warning, closed for fire today 7/14/18 3PM

Awesome trail for beginners.

This is the trail I use when I want to kick my own butt. The first part is called burn out hill. The Pilot Rock Fire Camp uses it for training and exercise. Up top you follow the dirt roads, best to go mid week and not during the summer (too hot, too many motorcycles and way too many rattle snakes). The old path is kind of hard to find and you might want to use hiking poles for the down hill. Once you hit the lake it is an easy breezy hike back to the bottom of burn out hill.

Great trail! Great for families. Great views and very peaceful!

This was a great trail! The alternative routes add extra fun to the trail. I wouldn't recommend off shoot 8 which has an extremely steep incline. But 9, 10 and 11 are good. A fun trail for beginners and moderate off roaders.

I can’t recommend this trail for anyone looking for a traditional SoCal hiking experience. The first part of the trail is unmaintained and indeed steep, almost steep enough that I was practically climbing in a couple spots in order not to slide back down. The forest road at the top is frequented by OHVs, so it’s less of an escapist affair, which I prefer in my hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Thanks to Jessica’s review, I was able to complete this hike by finding that very lightly used bushy and rocky descent. I’ve done about 30 hikes in Southern California and this was the worst so far. Unmarked trail and no maintenance turned my rating from decent three stars to two. This area has potential for five.

Still better than watching TV at home. Beautiful views for the most part. Difficulty level: moderate, not hard. I recommend long pants, machete, tick tweezers and the AllTrails app.

Note to self: don’t do hikes with just a few reviews. There are most likely better ones.

off road driving
3 months ago

Awesome everything

The first part of this trail is super hard, lots of loose rocks and it’s steep. Then you walk on a ohv road for awhile till the hairpin and then you walk down a trail that looks like animals use it, it was super steep in parts and lots of loose rocks watch your step. Also there was an area when you start to head to the West that had some old barb wire on the trail. When we finished this trail it said we were at a 9.14 what the trail said and we followed the trail.

This is a difficult hike to say the least, at least the first mile after that it's all downhill.

Great hike for kids or dogs but be careful in the warmer months I have been pinned on a trail by a rattle snake over by the point.

Awesome trail!!

off road driving
6 months ago

cool trail. No need for a 4x4

Great hike for young families or those who are new to hiking. Enjoyed a brisk walk with my German shepherds and my two boys. Beautiful environment.

off road driving
6 months ago

Great trail to do with very nice scenery and views. I really enjoyed the views. 4x4 is really not needed if you stick to the main trail. Please don’t liter and help keep these trails clean for everyone’s enjoyment.

hiking
7 months ago

I went up the firebreak in Miller Canyon and hiked the ridge that way. Hardest uphill trail, well in my top 5 for sure.

off road driving
8 months ago

Guys don't miss out if u haven't driven on this trail yet you should definitely do it , cuz it's a very very nice trail driving on it is so fun it has very nice views ,it's around 12 miles one way ends on highway 173 close to lake arrowhead , no need for 4x4 but in the winter when it start raining and snowing definitely 4x4 recommended

off road driving
8 months ago

Had a good time on this easy trail. Headed up to Lake Arrowhead and had lunch with my family. Did it in a Tundra 2.5 lift. Put it in 4 high but never needed it.

off road driving
9 months ago

Good Trail with alternates for various skill level. Only disappointment was the leg that appears to reach Silverwood Lake. The old Trail has a locked gate and a small sign that indicates it’s illegal and subject to fines. Great alternate challenges though, including the short leg to Pilot Rock. Fun day, especially late afternoon with fall colors.

Had an amazing time. Great trail for the avg joe. Did it Aug 13th at 3:30pm from Hesperia. Trail ended near arrowhead about 6:45. Decided to check out Arrowhead afterwards. It is beautiful!

off road driving
11 months ago

Rocky and very dry conditions.Spring and fall conditions would be better to review this trail. Our stock jeep had no problem. Had to use 4 low about 1/2 way up and then the rest rocky and dusty conditions.

off road driving
Monday, July 17, 2017

Good trail, I would suggest 4x4, but if you're a decent driver y'all should be fine.

off road driving
Monday, July 10, 2017

I've done this trail twice, first time completely stock and stayed on main trail. Very easy trail. Second time went with lift, larger tires, disconnects and went on many of the offshoot trails, Awesome. The view of the lake is fantastic in several spots.

Friday, June 02, 2017

very fun trail we loved it

Easy trail with lots of shade. Lots of lady bugs, bees, lizards, and snakes.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

great day lots of fun

hiking
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Very peaceful trail! Lots of birds chirping. Trail wraps around the lake on a paved trail (for the most part). Nice picnic area once you make it to other side of lake. Restrooms and covered tables are there for picnicking. Due to recent heavy rains you have to get a little wet to cross the river. I would say this will be is a temporary/seasonal issue. There is a $10 fee to enter the park. CASH ONLY! Surprised nobody has mentioned this to help other hikers to come prepared.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Such a good trail. Loved all the views of the lake and the shady wooded areas!

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

My wife and I hiked it 2weeks ago and we loved it real good work out and a lot of nice views

off road driving
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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.

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