Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
#41 of 121 trails in

Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Temescal, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,922 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

scenic driving

forest

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Once you hit the trail, it's 3 miles of straight up. Single track trail (lots of gravel). Gorgeous views the entire way, especially at the top. Watch out for mountain bikers coming down... There's a reason it's called the "Motorway." Water crossing at the trail head. Absolutely No tree cover!!! If you're thinking of doing this in the Summer, start early! Trail head parking is extremely sparse (5-6 designated spots) with a sign posted "No parking unless within designated spot." Adventure pass required.

hiking
3 months ago

the "trailhead" is not where alltrails indicates.. also the trail is not a hiking trail but as the name indicates, a gravel road. careful when you get out there, there is a lot of private property

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome Trail with a great view of all of Southern California. As other reviews say, its 3 miles straight up but there are plenty of switchbacks to help with the ascent. My garmin said it was about 2023 vertical feet. There is gravel for about 75% of the hike so be sure to wear comfortable shoes with good traction. Bring plenty of water and maybe a little snack to fuel up after your climb. I'm defiantly planning on coming back and doing this one again.

Side note: We brought our dog (which this trail is dog friendly) but maybe have your dog wear boots cause the gravel can be a lot of a dogs paws.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning views, lots of elevation gain, exposed to sun the whole way. Easy navigation.

8 months ago

Steep going up and obviously a breeze coming down. Very enjoyable views

hiking
11 months ago

I found it hard to find the trailhead, no distinct signs. Just hiked on Maple Springs Rd.instead.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Grace my GSD and I just finished this hike. I 100% agree with a previous review that you can skip leg day after this one. I agree with everything Sara Anne Robinson wrote. I'd like to add this this isn't kid friendly. I say that because you're exposed to the elements and it's a straight up for the duration of the first half. Also, getting to the trailhead isn't tricky but you could start to second guess yourself. Just stay on Silverado Canyon Rd until you come to the end of the road and that's the trailhead.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

You can definitely skip leg-day after this trek. Once you hit the trail, it's 3 miles of straight up. Single track trail (lots of gravel). Gorgeous views the entire way, especially at the top. Watch out for mountain bikers coming down... There's a reason it's called the "Motorway." Water crossing at the trail head after rains. Absolutely No tree cover!!! If you're thinking of doing this in the Summer, start early!
Absolutely stunning in winter/spring after a bit of rain!!!

Trail head parking is extremely sparse (5-6 designated spots) with a sign posted "No parking unless within designated spot." Adventure pass required.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Awesome views quite a few switchbacks do it when it's cool out ,early morning bring water and snacks and sturdy shoes. Also sometimes the mountain bikes really come down that trail fast so if hiking keep alert

hiking
Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Also referred to as the 'motorway', this is the best sustained climb on the south side of the Santa Ana Mountains. Do it two or three times back to back if you're looking for mileage!

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

3 miles and a 2k ft climb. This trail will definitely kick your butt, if you aren't used to a steep incline and switchbacks. There is no shading, so it will definitely get hot. I wouldn't recommend it for the summer, unless you leave really early. The views are amazing on a clear day!

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