Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
#58 of 105 trails in

Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1906 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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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10 hours ago

1 month ago

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

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6 months ago

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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10 months ago

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.