Hike the Bedford Peak Trail (Orange County)
|In This Guide|
|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|
|Dog Friendly||Off Leash Okay|
|Park Contact||Trabuco Ranger District, Cleveland National Forest|
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.
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
My best lightweight pack for hikes between 3-10+ hours. I use mine with the 3L water bladder from Osprey.
You can text, SOS, and get weather in the backcountry where your cell phone doesn’t work. Literally a life-saver.
Modern materials mean you get the protection of a traditional hiking boot (waterproof, etc.) with feel of a sneaker.
If you’re not using poles yet, you should be. This model takes a beating, is light, and is super comfortable.
I use a light inner toe sock and then a top-quality outer sock to prevent blisters.
Probars are great: no preservatives, vegan, low-GI, compact, and tasty. Put good fuel in your body.
If you’re hiking in the backcountry it makes sense to have a decent emergency kit and some basic gear to spend the night in a pinch.Full HikingGuy Gear List
* No company pays me to promote or push a product, all the gear you see here is gear I use and recommend. If you click an REI link and buy gear, I get a small commission that helps offset website expenses. There is no cost to you.
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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
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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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