Maple Springs Road

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4.5/5 (88 reviews)
Orange, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 02/19/2024
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Maple Springs Road is the backdoor to Saddleback Mountain from Orange County. One of Orange County's few trails, this is a popular overland route for people wanting to get out of the house and stay local. Others say they enjoy this road because 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 for photographs of the sun setting over Catalina Island out in the Pacific Ocean with Orange County in the foreground.

The lower section of the trail has a unique scenery for Orange County. The area is covered in oaks and pines. A nearby creek runs most of the year. It's a great place for a picnic and if you are lucky you can find yourself a swimming hole.

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Maple Springs Road begins where Silverado Canyon Road ends. This mountain trail is mostly a dirt road with a couple of water crossings and several very tight hairpin corners. The risk of pin stripping is mainly along the lower section of the pavement. The bushes get overgrown during the winter as the gate is often closed for long periods of time. Passing is the other time pin stripping can be an issue as the trail is only one vehicle wide. So making space to pass means both people have to pull off the side of the trail.

The trail is suitable for all types of high-ground clearance vehicles, meaning you will likely see a lot of traffic and a lot of unique things along this route.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (88)
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Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/19/2024

Adjusting overall trail status to Temporary Closure due to member reports of locked gate.
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Visited: 02/18/2024

Closed . Went 8am 2/18/24
Temporary Closure
Visited: 01/28/2024

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Temporary Closure
Visited: 01/27/2024
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

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Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/13/2024

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