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.
Great trail with increasingly better views. Very easy to get to, the directions from the All Trails lead you right up to the trail head start. Note: If you have a regular, unmodified car park it at the picnic tables you see as you turn in from the 138. There is also a smaller parking spot with a portable toilet a little bit farther down the road, you will have to drive on a sketchy part of road for a little to get to it though.
The entrance to the actual trail with be marked with a small green and white sign that says "MILLER CANYON" along with an elevation marker that says N237 and N238.
I did the full 9.8 miles and it was worth every second. Once we got to the end of the trail the overlook was worth the knee pain. The trail also goes from paved to dirt off and on, increasing gradually with the elevation. I went on a Monday and only saw one car parked there total, really peaceful views.
The trail is easy, but the elevation climb makes it moderate at best. The beautiful views, the vast amounts of water (after all of our rain this year), the good company, and the endorphins made this a a magical hike!!! We hiked 3 miles in and out.
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.
sure it says moderate off road difficulty; however I know for a fact that if I had a 2WD & or stock suspension, I would been stuck at least twice. I warn any amateurs to be cautious and ready for a few oh shit moments. other than that, I made it out alive and had a great time..