California Trails

Los Angeles: Bedford Peak

The views over SoCal and the Pacific keep getting better and better during this 2,000-foot climb to the Main Divide of the Santa Ana Mountains.

-Mapped by Tiger Mendez

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.5



Location: 33.749080657959, -117.582099914551

From Silverado Canyon’s shady floor, head SW on old Silverado Motorway (fire road) through small ravine with a running stream. Once called Cañada de la Madera (Timber Canyon), this canyon was renamed in the 1870s


Location: 33.7477989196777, -117.587196350098

Get ready: 600 ft. of switchbacks ahead


Location: 33.7511711120606, -117.589401245117

See surrounding Santa Ana Mtns. and canyons from this hillside vantage


Location: 33.7524909973144, -117.592002868652

Switchbacks end. Head N looking over San Joaquin Hills to the roiling Pacific waters of Newport Beach


Location: 33.7558059692383, -117.593116760254

Bear R and go SE along 3,200-ft. elevation; in 100 yds., straight @ 4-way


Location: 33.7588691711426, -117.591903686523

Turn L onto spur trail along exposed sedimentary rock ridge


Location: 33.7572212219238, -117.594398498535

From 3,426 ft., check out views into the three forks of Ladd Canyon below radio towers on Pleasants Peak. Then walk back to WPT 6 and turn L, heading uphill


Location: 33.760799407959, -117.586898803711

Long ridgeline dotted with sparse palms drops sharply to S


Location: 33.7667694091797, -117.58260345459

Bedford Peak W summit area (3,691 ft.); head E around two small knolls


Location: 33.766529083252, -117.576400756836

Tag E summit of Bedford Peak (3,639 ft.). Scan inland over mountains slung with seasonal snow: the Verdugos, San Bernardinos, the spiky San Jacintos. Look W over busy LA to ocean and Catalina Island