In 2014, Silverado canyon experienced a fire that blackened 1600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest. This prompted a closure of Maple Road in Silverado Canyon, which takes you to the Main Divide and Harding Truck Trail. Those of us that like to climb up to Santiago Peak or the Silverado Motorway via Maple Road had to wait close to 3 years before it re-opened. The ride to either location is no joke and requires serious legs to get there. We highly recommend that you be fully hydrated, stretch well, and get a good night’s rest before tackling either one. There is over 4100 feet of climbing to reach Santiago Peak, so heed our advice. Hikers, mountain bikers, and motor vehicles also share this road, so use plenty of caution. If you are not aware, motor vehicles are allowed on the Main Divide Road, and Maple Rd in Silverado Canyon is one of the few places you can access it on a vehicle. Be prepared to eat a lot of dust if vehicles are making their way up and down. Obviously, there is more vehicle activity on the weekends, so plan your ride accordingly.
Not long ago, we wrote about using different resources for discovering new places to ride. This featured loop, which has quickly become a favorite of ours, was recently spotlighted in the monthly publication that AAA (Auto Club of So Cal) sends to its Members. The article actually focused on the fun things to go do in the city of La Verne, and a short blurb on Marshall Canyon was mentioned. It described it as a lush and shade filled canyon for most of it’s 5 miles, making it a great ride during those crazy hot days! A river runs through it, so there are a few sections where you can ride through the water. Marshall Canyon also connects to Claremont Wilderness Park, which was voted one of the best places to hike in Riverside Co a couple of years ago by the Press Enterprise!