Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Silverado with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Love this trail but gotta go after a heavy rain to see the waterfall in all its glory...and it’s a long hike take plenty of water and good comfortable shoes a lot of climbing over rocks

Awesome hike if you don't mind climbing over and under rocks and fallen trees. I was really beautiful . You should go early in the morning because it gets really hot. The end was where the water fall is supposed to be. It was a very nice adventure and I do recommend.

Long way on a paved road to the BOULDERS. Never seen such big ones! Fun climbing, jumping, slipping on our bottoms.
Missed the top, ran out of time. Will be back!

No waterfall in the summer when we went and the barren waterfall smelled like sulphur.

However, I will say that the bouldering was really fun and made up for the non-existent waterfall.

Trash on the trail, graffiti on the rocks, and 2+ miles of fire road before you get to the real trail.

Long paved road leading to the real trailhead. I would call it moderate because of the length and the boulders to navigate. Otherwise it’s a relatively easy hike. No major inclines, no switch backs. We recorded 6 miles in and out.

volunteeer-led urban wild park hike with a group of 20. Great volunteers. Nice countryside and the limestone sink overlook is interesting. However, I prefer a less social hiking experience but that's not an option as the park access is regulated. Understandable, but disappointing nonetheless. Road noise as we hiked up the small ridge but that faded as we dropped down into the canyon on the back half of the loop. Personally I would rate this hike as easy.

If you'd like to hike this trail you'll need to make an advanced reservation for a guided hike, otherwise you'll be trespassing to reach what's known as Orange County's Grand Canyon (The Sinks). The various hikes offered are quite long and challenging, typically between 7-13 miles round-trip featuring different scenery and different viewpoints. You'll need to pre-book your hike at least a few weeks in advance as there are very limited spaces available, usually 20 people per hike. The link to book these hikes (among others in Orange County) is:
https://www.irlandmarks.org/activities

hiking
1 month ago

I really liked this trail. However, we learned a lesson that might be helpful to other hikers. Since this was our first time we did what other hikers recommended and went down the trail to the creek. It’s the trail before the Cleveland national forest sign if you’re coming from Harding Truck Road. Problem is, when we got down to the dry creek we turned left and headed down stream instead of turning right. We got to a straight drop where it looks like a damn for water control was built. We climbed down to the bottom where there was a lot of shade and a creek. We started walking that path and came across a large sign that said “KEEP OUT” spray painted on a wood board. We thought this was a way to trick people away so we kept going anyway. We came to someone’s house who lives in the middle of nowhere at the end of the creek. It was kind of creepy. Don’t know who they were or if they were someone dangerous so we headed back. That’s when we figured out the right way to go.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Perfect mountain biking through OC’s most haunted canyons!

Good one but tough to get over all the boulders toward the end. Enjoyable and great sites. Not a beginner trail in my opinion. The trail from parking lot to the start of the “falls trail” is easy but once you start out for the falls it gets tougher and tougher. I would suggest a nice cool day or start early. Proper hiking shoes definitely a must. Pack a snack and appropriate water (depending on the heat).

This one was tough. We went in woefully under-prepared (we each had a small water bottle, that’s it) and ignorant of what the actual hike entailed (we knew it had a waterfall).

The first part of the trail is a scenic walk through black star canyon, great views, but not exactly what I’d call challenging. The hard part came once we got to be river. Hopping across the rocks and hiking along the river was a lot of fun, but when the rocks turned to boulders and we went from hopping to climbing, things started to get dicey. Neither of us had ever done something like that before, so you can probably imagine the...challenge we had to overcome.

But overcome we did, we made it to the waterfall, and it was beautiful. The hike back was tough, and once it was over I had a serious case of jelly-legs, but I’m glad we persevered. It was a valuable lesson that helped me grow as a hiker and a person

My struggles can’t be blamed on nature, the hike itself was beautiful and rewarding, Would like to do it again one day.

It was raining when we went and it was a tough hike. But worth it to see the waterfall at the end.

This hike was so much fun but be prepared to do some rock climbing. There is a river that runs through it but it depends on the time of year and the rain we get.

We took our boys but it kicked their butts.

A little crowded on the weekend but a fun hike

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, especially when it isn't hazy. Short but steep climb, but nothing technical other than a couple loose sections. Good training hike but avoid it on a hot day.

hiking
2 months ago

This was my second hike ever and this hike kicked my ass lol still got to the end though!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Not too crowded, and easy to park. Flat fire roads at first, but then you get into a nice riverbed with great views. There wasn’t any water when we went, but it would probably be even nicer after some rain. Both my dogs did great- one big, one little. But we turned back right before the end because we heard the last part was hard to get the pups up over the boulders and there wasn’t a waterfall right then anyway. Would recommend.

Not a ton of elevation to fight. Light amount of scrambling. Lots of newts! Too much poison oak

Super cool hike! Apparently it's claimed to be the most haunt trail in Cali. Super beautiful and the end is a blast. For dog hikers, know it might be a bit hard to get your canine up the very last stretch. The hike is super awesome as a whole. Hope it rains soon!

hiking
2 months ago

My sister and I did this hike about a year ago.
It’s a super fun hike, but it gets pretty hot. We went right after there was that couple month span of a ton of rain so there was an actual waterfall there and a little pool at the top.

We made the mistake of hiking through poison oak the entire way (and there’s a TON of it so keep your eyes peeled!).

Fun hike.
Very challenging at the end when you’re clambering over rocks and things. Expect to get a full body work out here.
I would recommend going after heavy rain so you can soak your tired feet in a pool of cold water when you get to the top.

Do you like long hot trails to nowhere?? No waterfall, no water...

hiking
2 months ago

Last half mile is very hard and challenging with rocks and boulders. There was no water at the fall. There are lots of wizards and birds singing along road. Good 4 hour hiking. I like it very much.

Decent trail with lots of rocks and boulders. It’s definitely a full body workout

on Bedford Peak Trail

2 months ago

Clear trail, easy to follow. Good workout. Very exposed to sun. Nice Vista from the top although hazy today.

Great hike, gigantic boulders, tons of poison Oak! No water up top, so we turned around 15 minutes short.

if you're going to do this Trail be prepared there's a lot of rock climbing without ropes but a lot of boulders but it pretty cool extreme Trail to try

We went in September and it was too dry but still an awesome fun trail with just the right amount of challenge

hiking
3 months ago

Incredibly peaceful hike! There were plenty of ponds along the way with a great deal of newts and frogs. We saw a swimming garter snake and some lizards as well.

Animals aside, the nature becomes fairly dense and shaded about a mile or so in, so you won't have to worry too much about heat after the initial barren descent into the dried up creek. There were also some beautiful maple trees, flowers, and butterflies. Just make sure you bring waterproof boots, and you're sure to enjoy this trail!

moderate trail with lots of rocks ..

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