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Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point

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Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Black Oak Picnic Area to Jamajab Point is a 4.6 mile out and back trail located near Hesperia, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

no shade

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 slides over the years, or broken up with age. This trail is also open to bikes. The trail along the southern lake shore is mostly shaded under forest canopy with plentiful lake views and provides a handy path to get from day-use areas to shoreline and campsites. Much of the northerly shore of Miller Canyon around the lake is exposed but it does provide a few spots of shore access and views from the other side. A great little hike! The Silverwood Lake area boasts an active wildlife population that includes California mule deer, gray foxes, coyotes and the periodic mountain lion. Cottontail, brush rabbits, jackrabbits, western gray and ground squirrels, ringtails, chipmunks and wood rats can be commonly seen. Along the Mojave River black bears, bobcats and golden beavers live. Bald eagles fly during the winter, fishing the lake's waters. Other water birds include Great blue herons, snowy egrets, avocets, western grebes, loons, Canada geese, mergansers and several varieties of ducks, frequently in large numbers. Other bird species include Red-tailed hawks, Cooper's hawks, ospreys and roadrunners. This area is also home to Clark's nutcrackers, Steller's and scrub jays, rock wrens and mountain bluebirds. Silverwood Lake vegetation habitats include ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and black oak. Along the lake's shores are chamise, live oak, manzanita, ceanothus and mountain mahogany grow. Stream species include Alders, willows and sycamores. Back in October, 2003 Silverwood was hit by wildfires that severely damaged about 1,000 acres of the State Recreation Area. Since then winter rains have brought flooding. The impact can still be seen along this trail in the form of washouts, slides, trail silting, and fire damage to fencing, all still awaiting funding for repairs. The bright side is nature's amazing ability to recover. Silverwood Lake's story actually begins in the Northern Sierra Nevada foothills up around Oroville, California and the Feather River Basin. The waters travel southward in the State Water Project aqueducts and pumping stations and a portion ends up here at Silverwood Lake. The lake is also fed by the Mojave River. The water is then stored and used to generate electricity, provide water to various agencies, is distributed to Lake Perris and then sent all over to several Southern California Counties.

Our fault leaving really late, bugs swarming everywhere. Just explored a little with the kids on foot. Found a fun little beach. Located a good fishing spot... will come back again.

hiking
1 day ago

Hey all! Can you swim from this trail?

10/10 recommend for new mountain bikers! Hilly enough but not too much! Definitely will be back

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail. Nice views of the lake. Dog friendly. PEOPLE!! Clean up your dog poop PLEASE!!

mountain biking
bugs
fee
over grown
8 days ago

Great trail to test out my new e-MTB. 10$ fee to enter park. Adults only on this ride but my teens could handle it, not sure about my elementary schooler. Lots of pavement, some dirt and bridges. Got to Serrano Beach and enjoyed the view for a while. Tried to get to Jamajab but the trail became too overgrown, extremely narrow and prickly. Other than the bugs constantly in your face near the water areas, it was a fantastic morning ride. Lots of shade and breezes to cool us off on this day. Would recommend and definitely will do again!

hiking
bugs
fee
10 days ago

Nice and easy hike that was mostly paved. $10 single day park entrance fee. Half the trail was shaded so it’s best to come early. Encountered a rattlesnake. Lots of mosquitos in the shaded area as well. It is a bike trail so make sure to keep your pets leashed and stay on the right side.

hiking
10 days ago

I went last week with my nieces and my daughter. It’s beautiful the scenery the lake was nice and clean. It was our first time so instead of hiking lol we ended up admiring the lake and it’s surroundings. We took lots of pictures and ended up taking our shoes to put our in the water. Next time we’re doing the hike!!

mountain biking
bugs
over grown
18 days ago

Awesome bike trail, the only downside is the last half mile was too overgrown to ride through. Other than that I’d highly recommend bringing lots of water & bug spray!

running
bugs
fee
1 month ago

Very beautiful trail, nice if you want to go for a run! $10 for parking, closes at 7pm.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a really nice way to spend a day. Need to make my way back to this trail soon. It’s paved and wagon friendly. Found ourselves a little spot to swim away from the crowded beach area. Seen a bobcat on the way back and it just casually waited for us to walk past so it could get to the water near the water tank area. Very scary and huge! We just surrounded our little one (who was 2, now 12) and became fully aware of its presence.. we didn’t bother it and it did not bother us. This trail actually kickstarted my love & respect for nature & hiking.

Nice paved trail and many picnic areas. Great for kids and is wheelchair asscessible . Very fisher friendly and they had kayaks and paddle boats (not open when i went) many activities.

hiking
4 months ago

if you dont mind paved trails this is the place for you. I personally prefer natural worn trails. they still have the road closed you need to be on to start the trail. plenty of restrooms on the path but most were closed down. lots of trees and great views of the lake, no sign of any animals other than their scat.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail! Mostly shaded by beautiful forest trees and not very steep! Kid friendly with lots to look at. We seen a fox! The beginning of the trail was hard to find, but once we found it, it was great. You have to pay $10 to be able to get into the park. We brought food and ate at the picnic tables by the “beach”. Overall it was beautiful!

hiking
bugs
fee
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! I wasn’t expecting the $10 parking fee, but it was well worth it. Most of the trail is paved, and despite it being a Saturday afternoon we did not pass very many people.

Great for the family !

hiking
bugs
fee
off trail
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

Easy trail and we decided to keep going until it ends on top of a bluff. We were able to hike down to the beach and had a snack. On the way across the stream we heard a large animal in the brush and it scared us. On the way back we found fresh bear scat. Bugs were awful in one section. Absolutely beautiful with the fall colors.

Nice paved trail. Family friendly. Parked in boat trailer area because regular parking was closed off. Pay $10 for day use. Lots of picnic benches and restrooms. We took lunch and ate lunch by the boat dock at the end.

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