Silverwood Lake and Wrightwood travel guides

Silverwood Lake Thumbnail We have recently taken a day trip to Silverwood Lake and Wrightwood here in Southern California. While these destinations are practically unknown to tourists, they are popular for the local people. They are perfect travel destinations for a day trip on a sunny day (which are plenty in Southern California). Water, nature and maybe…snow will make a great weekend Southern California trip.

My favorite tourist attractions at Silverwood Lake and Wrightwood.

Silverwood Lake is a great alternative for the ocean

For those of us living in Southern California the ocean is very close, I mean really close…we can go to the beach every weekend if we want to. So for us the ocean, while it’s the greatest thing around well…we also like alternatives. A day trip to Silverwood Lake on a sunny day will be a great alternative. Bring your family and your picnic basket and relax.

Silverwood Lake, California – Panorama of Silverwood Lake seen from Highway 138.
Silverwood Lake, California - Panorama of Silverwood Lake seen from Highway 138.
See my photos from Silverwood Lake

If you are planning a trip to Silverwood Lake, checkout the Silverwood Lake official website for updates about lake and road conditions.

Wrightwood is home of Mountain High winter resort

A winter resort means snow…well in the winter and some of this now is “created” snow. But it’s still snow and in Southern California snow is precious ’cause it’s rare. The greatest thing about Mountain High in Wrightwood, California is that you can enjoy the snow with your small children which is a little rare for mountain resorts in Southern California.

Wrightwood, California – Mountain High winter resort is a great place for enjoying the snow.
Wrightwood, California - Mountain High winter resort is a great place for enjoying the snow.
See my photos from Mountain High

Driving directions for Silverwood Lake and Wrightwood

Getting to Silverwood Lake is very easy even though it’s not a very well known travel destination. It is however, a popular weekend destination for the people living in Riverside and San Bernandino counties.

Hesperia, California – Map with directions and vista points for visiting Silerwood Lake

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The easiest way would be to get to the 15 Freeway and exit where you see the signs for Wrightwood. Then just take a right and follow the road until you get to see the Silverwood Lake Vista Point. Then just follow the signs to the lake entrance. There are two entrances, depending on which side of the lake you would like to visit.
Once you’ve had enough fun at the lake, drive over the Freeway and follow the road into the mountains to reach Wrightwood. Drive a little further and you get to the Mountain High resort. If there’s snow on the road drive just a bit higher and park anywhere and then have your kids play in the snow.

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