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Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail [CLOSED]

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Cleveland National Forest

Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,922 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Views Wildlife Closed No shade No dogs
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. 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.

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Charles Johnston
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Mountain bikingClosed

Forest closed 9/4-9/8/20 by USFS: https://www.facebook.com/718031118245192/posts/3176240722424207/

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Nathan Sells
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Hiking

I Got married at the base of this trail. It’s a beautiful spot with a few fields near the the parking lot that nobody uses. Great spot for a small ceremony!

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Andrew Vautrin
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HikingNo shade
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Shawn Toro
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HikingNo shade
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Shawn Toro
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HikingNo shade

lots of shell rock

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Michael Snowdon
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Off Road Driving

Fun local trail to get the car dirty. As discussed before the North Divide road is closed going South at Bedford Peak. Be careful as several kids in pick up were driving really fast and this trail is narrow with alot of blind corners. Would be fun to continue on the North Divide Road toward Corona. Michael

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Ryan Vargas
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The last reviewer must have gotten lost because the trailhead is exactly where AllTrails indicates and it’s not a gravel road, it’s a dirt single track trail. It’s not private property either, all Cleveland National Forest.

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Emmanuel Janos
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Hiking

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

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Stefan Andersen
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Hiking

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.

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Jasen Lewis
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Hiking

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

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

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Emily Harrington
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Hiking

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

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Art Urroz
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Hiking

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.

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Sara Anne Robinson
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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.

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Steven Mikus
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Hiking

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!

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Sarah B
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Hiking

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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Osh Bitar
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Mountain biking
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Jason Moore
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Hiking
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Ching Lee
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Hiking
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Pamela Austin
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Jim Griset
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Jeremy Wyld
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Joel Morgan
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JB Cha
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Hiking
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Cynthia Anastasio
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Jenny Verburg
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Kristen Verdoia
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Nico Du
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Off Road Driving
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Lesley Gill
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Hiking
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Robert Wagonis
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