Forest Adventure Pass to park at the Maple Springs Trailhead.
Further Thoughts: The hike to the top of Bedford Peak is a beautiful hike in Orange County. It is also a great training hike if you are looking to hike bigger peaks in the Santa Ana Mountains or other tall peaks in Southern California. The trail virtually goes straight up the canyon walls, so you begin having breathtaking views early on in the hike. If you attempt this hike during a hot summer day, make sure to bring plenty of water as there is very little shade and you are exposed to the elements along a majority of this hike.
Here. At the beginning of the hike, you follow along the Silverado Stream that follows the Maple Springs Road. This stream had plenty of water in it when we went and you can expect to see water in the stream during the rainy season in Southern California.
Mt. Baldy, Mt. San Gorgonio, and the entire inland empire while at the top of Bedford Peak. Bedford Peak is not a very prominent peak in the Santa Ana Mountains, and thus not highly visible from the Los Angeles Basin. Even though it is not a very prominent peak in the Santa Ana Mountain Range, the views from up top are spectacular. This hike is also know for its wildflowers during wet rainy seasons in Southern California. There were plenty of wildflowers in bloom when we did this hike as we had an above average rainfall total during the 2010 rainy season.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 7 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous).
Time to Complete Hike: 3 - 4.5 hours.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON BEDFORD PEAK
March 27, 2010 (This Post)
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