Hiked: 10/28/2012 (x3)
Distance: 7.2 miles round trip on trail and dirt road
Summit Elevation: 3803'
Elevation Gain: 1953'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 1.56
Round trip time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Recommended water: 80 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
This was my second hike (of many) to Bedford Peak up the Silverado Trail in the Santa Ana mountains. The trail head starts just past the visitor's center on Maple Springs Road. Some of the photos are from the first trip. I made an effort to finish in under 3 hours by increasing my speed on the way down and had no trouble with that goal. The elevation gain according to my GPS was 1953' from the trail head, but many sites have the elevation gain above 2000'. Either way, the climb is steady from the start and enough to get the blood pumping. This is one of my favorite hikes that can be done in a morning. It is a single track trail until the very end when you have to take a dirt road about a quarter mile to Bedford Peak. There were lots of hikers and mountain bikers on the trail.