Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County)
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|Distance||7.2 miles (11.6 km)|
|Hike Time||3-4 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||2,000 feet (610m)|
|Highest Elevation||3,804 feet (1159m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Park Website||Trabuco Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest|
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The Bedford Peak hike in Orange County is a tough one with big payoffs. Bedford Peak trail climbs about 2000 feet in 3 miles, and your reward is great views of Mt Baldy, Saddleback Mountain, and Catalina. It’s a fun, under-rated hike that recommend.
Getting to Bedford Peak Trail
Use this address for the trailhead: 31330 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676, USA.
When you get to the GPS address, use the directions below to get to the actual trail.
You need a parking pass for the Cleveland National Forest. I use the affordable National Parks pass, which gets me in every national park, national monument, and national forest. You can also use an (Southern California only) Adventure Pass, or buy a $5 day permit from the ranger’s office or the deli on the road to the trailhead.
Gear For the Hike
There’s no shade on the trail to Bedford Peak, so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The summit can get breezy, so if you do the hike when it’s cool out, extra layers will feel nice. Otherwise it’s not such a technical hike, and can be done with workout gear if you like.
I try a lot of hiking boots and shoes, and there are some great options out there, but the La Sportiva Spire is the best combination of comfort, protection, low-weight, and durability. They are waterproof, and the high cuff keeps debris out without the need for a gaiter. Time tested over thousands of miles. Use them with a two-layer sock system to end blisters for good.
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On a medium or longer hike I recommend a pack like the Osprey Talon 33 (men) or Osprey Sirrus 36 (women) which is a little bit larger. These packs are on the upper end of the (35L) daypack range, but they only weigh a small fraction more than a pack with less capacity. Having the extra space gives you more flexibility and means you don’t have to jam things in there. I use the space for things like extra layers in the winter, extra water on desert hikes, and even a tent & sleeping bag on overnights.
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI.
I’m a big fan of GPS watches (which I also use as a sleep, wellness, and fitness tracker) and my current watch is the Fenix 6 Pro Solar. I load my GPX tracks onto the watch to make sure I’m in the right place, and if not, the onboard topo maps allow me to navigate on the fly. It’s pricey but it has a great battery, accurate GPS, and tons of functionality. If you want something similar without the maps and big price tag, check out the Garmin Instinct which is a great buy and does a lot of the same things.
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Bedford Peak Hike Trail Maps
Note that the main Bedford Peak trail has two names (for the same trail). Some maps list it as the Maple Springs Trail, others list it as the Silverado Trail. The summit of Bedford Peak is on the border of Orange County and Riverside County.
Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County) Map Downloads
Download the Hike GPX File
View a Printable PDF Hike Map
Bedford Peak Hike Info
- Bedford Peak, at 3800 feet, offers great prominence, so you get great views of Mt Baldy, Santiago Peak, Modjeska Peak, and Catalina. It feels like a big climb, without the superhuman effort. This hike is great training for any of those bigger peaks
- Much of the area on the lower slopes was burned in a forest fire. You’ll notice some burned trees and soil as you do the hike.
- The trail is shared with mountain bikers, keep your eyes and ears open. Usually I only see a few people on the trail – it’s a nice one when you want to avoid the crowds.
Bedford Peak Trail Hike Directions
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