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Best trails in Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
Park information
Park hours
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact
760-389-2281
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Top trails (3)
#1 - Pilot Rock OHV Trail
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 23.2 mi
The trail can vary from easy to extremely difficult depending on what route you take. The main trail is easy for an high clearance 2WD, however many of the side trails require 4WD. This trail ends up Show more
#2 - Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
This trail navigates around the southeastern wing of Silverwood in Miller Canyon. Most of the trail is on paved trails, with a few exceptions where the trail's been covered with silt, damaged by slideShow more
#3 - Burn Out Hill and Silverwood Loop
Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Once you make your way to the top you follow Forest Rd 2N33 west towards the lake. When the dirt road is closest to the lake on a hairpin corner there will be a lightly used trail following the ridge Show more