Maple Spring Road - Silverado Canyon - 5S04

4.7/5 (65 reviews)
Orange, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 07/21/2020
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Trail Information

Highlights

Maple Springs Road is the backdoor to Saddleback Mountain from Mid Orange County. One of Orange County's few trails, this is a popular overland route for people to take when wanting to get out of the house and stay local. Others say the reason they enjoy this road is that it leads to the best view of Orange County. If you are fortunate to have a few hours around sunset, the view from the top of Saddleback Mountain has been known to create some of the best views / photographs of the sunset as it sets over Catalina Island / Pacific Ocean with Orange County in the foreground.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Maple Springs Road begins where Silverado Canyon Road ends, hence the name Silverado Canyon Trail. While traveling this overland route, you will find it to be mostly a dirt road with a couple of water crossings, an ample amount of shade, and an abundance of views. Even though the trail is mostly a dirt road, there are several very tight hairpin corners that could potentially be an issue if traveling at a high rate of speed. The risk of pin stripping is mostly along the lower section of the pavement. The bushes can get overgrown during the winter as the gate is often closed for long periods of time allowing the bushes to grow into the trail. This is rare but noteworthy. Passing is the other time pin stripping can be an issue as the path is only one vehicle wide. So making space to pass means both people have to pull off the side of the trail. For a number of reasons, including weather, this trail closes often and without warning. Please read below for the number to call to determine if the Forest Service has the gate locked or not. Please check with Cleveland National Forest for trail open or closed status. This trail closes for many reasons throughout the year. Click Here For Current Trail Closures Trabuco Ranger District - (951) 736-1811

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (65 reviews)
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

So, I live and work in the area and have been a little frustrated about all the closures in the past several years on every accesible trail EXCEPT Maple Springs Rd. So, I’ve been looking at maps and studying possibilities for alternate routes up the mountain, and finally found one on Monday. I came up the mountain on the Corona side and ended up working my way up to Beek’s place. From there I checked the website for trailer closures, and the forest service website said that Maple Springs was open, so I decided to make the long drive around to that gate before heading home. Problem was, when I got there at almost 9pm, the gate was locked up tight. I ended up having to make my way all the way back to my “secret entrance” and didn’t get off the mountain until 12:30am. What a bummer. I can’t lie, it was a lot of fun having the whole mountain to myself all night, but on the other hand, it frustrates me that we continue to be shut out of public land more and more at the whim of Rangers, or whomever it is that makes the decision to close gates…like Skyline, Indian Truck Trail, Elsinore, Black Star Canyon, Weir Canyon, Gypsum canyon. I have a hard time understanding their motivation and/or reasoning.
Trail Review: Maple Spring Road - Silverado Canyon - 5S04 - Jeff Johnston
Trail Review: Maple Spring Road - Silverado Canyon - 5S04 - Jeff Johnston
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Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/11/2022

Gate locked "due to weather"
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/10/2022

Gate closed 9/9 at about 8pm. Bummer
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail today. Ran into several folks doing the same thing. Fun little trail.
Status: Open
Visited: 07/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Was there today and had a great time. I love the variation in landscape, trees, and greenery. For being IN Orange County it really feels like you’re getting away from the city. Gonna take the wife and kids tomorrow and go all the way to Santiago Peak.
Trail Review: Maple Spring Road - Silverado Canyon - 5S04 - Jeff Johnston

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