Bedford Peak is part of the Santa Ana Mountains, home to Santiago Peak, the highest point in OC. Although Bedford Peak is not a major peak it is still a popular hike amongst locals.
Today we decided to conquer this trail and mark it off our list. Parking for this hike is located at The Maple Springs Trailhead, located in the town of Silverado.
From the parking lot you will continue on foot onto Maple Springs Rd for about .3 miles until you come across a sign that reads “Trail” This is the Silverado Trail (Silverado Motorway) make a left here and proceed past the yellow railing. Its all uphill from there!
The next 3 miles take you up 2,000 ft in elevation. Making for a very strenuous hike, especially on a warm day like today.( 80 degrees was the high) the trail starts of narrow and then widens out as you clear the brush. As you steadily climb in elevation the Santa Ana Mountains begin to reveal themselves and they are a beauty!
About half ways up the switchbacks, you reach coffin rock, here you are treated with wonderful views of OC, great place for photo opportunities!
Once you reach The Main Divide Rd. this is the indication that you are close to the peak. From here, hang a right past the white gate and continue up the trail for .1 miles or so until you reach Bedford Peak. (There is a brown rail about 2 ft high)
When you reach the peak, you can enjoy great views of Mt. San Jacinto, San Gorgonio, Mt. Baldy and OC in the distance.
-IF HIKING IN THE SUMMER, START EARLY! TRAIL IS FULLY EXPOSED! NO SHADE! BRING A HAT AND PLENTY OF WATER-
view of San Jacinto(right) and San Gorgonio (left)
view of Mt. Baldy
Taken on a much clearer day 2/14/13
• 6.6 miles round trip
• 2,000 ft elev. gain
• 3,800 ft summit
• Adventure pass required