Bedford Road (aka Bedford Motorway)

Corona, California (Riverside County)

Last Updated: 05/27/2018
5 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6 miles
Highest Elevation: 3611 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Corona
Nearest Town w/ Services: Corona
Official Road Name: 4S03
Management Agency: Cleveland National Forest
District: Trabuco/Riverside District
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Highlights

Highlight: Bedford Road (aka Bedford Motorway)
Bedford Road is a non-technical trail that takes you from Corona to the Main Divide Road on top of the Santa Ana Mountains. Locals from adjacent housing tracks below have used Bedford Road for years as a gateway to the hills. As you climb up, the road offer lots of flourishing plant life and great views of the valley below.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Bedford Rd Trail Head (0 mi)
After traveling down Bedford Road from the pavement, the trail starts between two golf courses. Eagle Glen is down the hill on the right hand side. To the left, one of The Retreats greens is adjacent to the trail head.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.799150, -117.532490

Starting Point: Corona

From the 15 Freeway exit Weirick Rd (Exit 90) and go west. At Knabe (the first light) go left. Continue a half mile until you come to Bedford Motorway on the right hand side. The trail head is 1.7 mile straight ahead. Finding the trail head for the first time can be intimidating. The road is surrounded by newly developed neighborhoods and golf courses. On your way to the trail head you will see lots of "No Trespassing" signs. These signs pertain to parking. The road is open to the public. The trail head starts at 33.79915, -117.53249. Be sure to check the trail status before you go. This road is closed more than it is open.

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Trail Reviews (16)

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Went here today. Perhaps I backed out too early, but there were signs everywhere saying I was on a private road and only authorized vehicles were allowed. Never even made it to dirt. Bummer.

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Went up wanting a nice, easy, night run and was met with a closed gate and light snow starting to precipitate.

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Status: Open
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I used this trail to get from the Corona side of the mountains to Orange County. There is one optional route half-way up that offers a good test of your articulation.

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Status: Open
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Easy trail, very scenic. Not very many others on trail especially considering it was on a Sunday. Will definitely do again and explore the connecting trails as well!

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Who can we call to get the gate opened up?

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Tried to go through this trail but gate was closed. Was able to explore some other nearby dirt and pastures.

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Status: Open
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Easy relaxing ride. Felt like the only one on the mountain. Lots of stops along the way to enjoy the view. Took it up to Main Divide, then the North road from the divide for 2 miles. Windy day so view was beautiful. 4wd most of the way but probably not necessary. Saw only one car in two hours. It was a Crosstrek who might have issues with some ruts along the way.

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Status: Open
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Another nice and easy trail. Entered from the main divide north and went straight to the 15 freeway.👍🏿 I'm not sure if I was on the right road exiting because it said private road, but it was fairly short, less than 3 minutes to get to the main street.

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Status: Open
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My first time up Bedford Motorway. No traffic going up or down. I only saw a Jeep and. Landcruiser on the trail. Not technical perfect for first timers. Great view when it forks out to North/South Main Divide. If you venture either left or right there is no other way down. Per the Ranger everything is closed going down Skyline or towards the OC, especially towards the OC because of recent fires. Pretty much an out and back.

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Status: Open
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Ran up Maple Springs, across Divide, and down Bedford today in search of mud. We found it, and lots of it. Bedford is extremely torn up, the rains in the last week have wreaked havoc on it, there's now big ruts, some rocks strewn across the road, and lots of very loose quicksand-type mud. Did it in a Subaru Crosstrek (AWD) and a 4x4 Range Rover, and didn't have any issues besides the slipping and sliding.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This was our exit after traveling the Main Divide road to get to the 15. A well maintained road and it fact during our trip there was a dozer and water truck working the road. Easy with no offroad challenges except perhaps for the large bumps built into the road to divert water. My long JKU would occasionally bottom out on these.

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Status: Open
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Extremely quiet for a Memorial weekend. Stayed overnight on Main Divide North at the "Lone Tree"

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Status: Open
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Gates were open and the trail was dry, no issues in a 2wd.

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Status: Closed
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Gate was closed at trailhead. Notice stated closure due to Silverado fire damage.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Did a quick trip up the mnt for my B-Day... What a great time. Love this area.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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My geocaching buddy and I hunted for BenchMarks today (surveyor disks), with less than our usual 50% success rate. I'll blame it on the heat and humidity, plus location descriptions written in 1935 with SCALED coordinates (+/- error of 600 feet). Besides this trail, we ran the Main Divide and Indian Truck Trail for a total of 30 miles and 5 hours. 2wd capable but very rough in spots with a 10mph max speed.

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David May

Mapping Crew - California

I have been a southern California native my entire life. Growing up we spent a lot of time in the Eastern High Sierras, the Calico Canyons and the San Bernadino Mountains. When I got my first car, my free time revolved around it. A few years later I got my first off-road truck. Now I was able spend time doing all the things I loved. Over the years I have had a variety of different off-road vehicles. Some were stock, while others were highly modified. With my son recently getting his own 1st generation Toyota 4Runner, we have been spending more time working on his truck and hitting the trails. Whether exploring, hiking, hunting or camping, being outdoors with my family is how I want to spend my down time. Life is too short to spend it on the couch. Go out there and find your next adventure.
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