Maple Springs starts as a fire road for the first few miles and then turns into a dirt fire road for the rest of the trip up to Four Corners (the Main Divide) where you turn around and return the same way you came. The route is suitable for beginners. During the summer months, the road is open to vehicle and motorcycle traffic, so be careful on the way down! During the winter, the streams at the bottom (where you begin the ride) may be impassible, but as long as you can make it through the first few water crossings, this ride is perfect wet weather riding.
Mileage: Approx. 14 miles up and back
Climbing: Approx. 2600′
Time: Approx. 3-4 hours
Avg. Road Grade: 7%
Take Silverado Canyon Rd to the end (30713 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, CA). Parking is very limited in the official Forest Service parking area (FOREST ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED!). If the gate is open, there is ample parking beyond it. Otherwise, turn around and find a spot somewhere off the road. Watch the signs carefully! If you park along the road, you don’t need a Forest Adventure pass.
Photos of Maple Springs to the Main Divide: