Silverado Canyon/Maple Springs Rd.

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Seasonal creek, January 23, 2010

Maple Springs Rd is located at the end of Silverado Canyon Rd in Silverado Canyon, Orange County, Cleveland National Forest.  This trail leads to the top of Santiago/Modjeska Peak.  The trail (which is really a fire road) is used by hikers, mountain bikers, and sometimes cars or motorcycles.  A seasonal creek runs along and crosses the road at times for the first couple of miles.  You will pass through oaks and sycamores, small meadows and chaparral along the way.  During different seasons the scenery changes from vibrant fall colors, to green foliage in the winter and colorful flowers in the spring.

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Creekside picnic bench at the parking lot, 12/2/12

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Trail head at the parking lot, 12/2/12

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Trail map (click pic to enlarge)

Late Fall, December 2012:

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Late spring, May 2010

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Flowers on the creek bank at the parking lot, 5/31/10

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Creek, near the parking lot, 5/31/10

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At the first creek crossing past the iron gate, 5/31/10

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One of several small dams, 5/31/10

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Creek view, pink flowers in the foreground are California Buckwheat, 5/31/10

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Another view of the creek at one of the many crossings, 5/31/10

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Looking back down the canyon, 5/31/10

California Native Plants & Spring Wildflowers, May 2010:

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Deerweed, 5/31/10

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Sticky Monkey Flower (the pale green leaves are White Sage), 5/31/10

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Matilija Poppy, 5/31/10

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Mulefat (the stalks were used by Native Americans to make arrow shafts), 5/31/10

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Black Sage, 5/31/10

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Poison Oak, 5/31/10

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Poison Oak Closeup, 5/31/10

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Monkey flowers & California Sagebrush growing out of the rock face, 5/31/10

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California Buckwheat, 5/31/10

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White Sage in bloom, 5/31/10

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Also see the native plant gallery on CAOpenspace Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=33014&l=a10171291f&id=100405670015047

January 2010:

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Meadows dotted with oaks along Maple Springs Rd, Jan 2010

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Maple Springs Road, Jan 2010

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January 23rd, 2010 on Silverado Canyon's Maple Springs Road

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October 2005:

 

Silverado Canyon, Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05
Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05

Silverado Canyon, Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05
Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05

 

California Mountain King Snake on Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05
California Mountain King Snake on Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05

Silverado Canyon, Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05
Silverado Canyon, Maple Springs Road, 10/2/05

A National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park.  This can usually be purchased at Big 5 stores or at the ranger station.  Day passes are $5.00.  1 year passes valid for Angeles, Los Padres and Cleveland National Forests can be purchased for $30.00.


Also see Maples Springs Vistor Center website
(maps, current weather, Forest Adventure Pass/parking permit info):
http://maplespringsvisitorcenter.webs.com/


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