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Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Silverado Canyon Motorway Trail 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 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

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.

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8 months ago

lots of shell rock

off road driving
10 months ago

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

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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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

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
Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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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