50 Years Of Service 1961-2011


SMRPD's Mission Statement
- "To promote community well being through programs and activities that protect, preserve and enrich the canyons’ heritage, open space and unique way of life."

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8th Annual Summer Concert Series

8th Annual Summer Concert Series

Get out the lawn chairs and get ready for our 8th Annual Summer Concert Series. Thanks, Zach, Kevin, Brett and everyone who help put this on. It’s a canyon treasure. Click the image to see the full-size flyer.
Christmas In The Canyons 2013

Christmas In The Canyons 2013

This year promises to be even better that last year. We’ve added new attractions and entertainment. Come join us in the fun and celebration of the canyons at Christmas time. Click the title to see the full flyer.
Eco-Explorers Spring Expeditions

Eco-Explorers Spring Expeditions

Don’t miss this. It’ll be a great time.

Here’s are Spring Programs that didn’t make it into the Spring flyer. We have a lot going on. Come out and join us. Click the image to see full size.    
7th Annual Summer Concert Series

7th Annual Summer Concert Series

Get out the lawn chairs and get ready for our 7th Annual Summer Concert Series. Click the image to see the full-size flyer.
Silverado Children’s Center 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Silverado Children’s Center 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off

Lookie here Silverado SCC Chili Cook-Off at Irvine Lake Silverado Children’s Center 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off at Irvine Lake, Sunday, April 28 2013 Chili Cook-Off, Live Music, Vendor Expo, Family Activities, Food & Beverages The Silverado Children’s Center, a non-profit center sponsored by the Silverado Modjeska Recreation & Park District, is hosting the Seventh Annual...
SCC Parenting Classes

SCC Parenting Classes

Silverado Children’s Center will be offering two Parenting Classes. These classes are provided by the School Readiness Nurse of Orange Unified and Children & Family Commission of Orange County. Thursday, March 7, “Building a Healthy Brain for Your Child”, presented by Temre Marsh from the Epilepsy Support Network. Thursday, April 11, “What to do when...
John Black Memorial Concert

John Black Memorial Concert

John Black Memorial Concert Come join us in a celebration of life in music and in song. Sunday, March 10, 1-6pm Silverado Community Center Teriyaki Chicken plate will be served. Adults $5.00 Kids $3.00 All proceeds will benefit John’s family. Flyer attached
Our Spring Calendar

Our Spring Calendar

We’ve got lots going on and lots of people are noticing. Check out our Spring Calendar. It is packed with great programs and events. Click image to see complete Bulletin
Maple Springs Ride To The Snow

Maple Springs Ride To The Snow

I’ve ridden to the saddle and beyond several times over the last week. I thought it’d be fun to see the snow and test my skills. The first day I ended up walking the last 1/4 mile to Four Corners because the snow was 5-7″ deep. That last day today I came off the bike...
A Thank You From Christmas In The Canyons

A Thank You From Christmas In The Canyons

Our 2012 Christmas in the Canyons event was a tremendous success due to the dedication, hardwark, time and money from so many of our neighbors and friends in the canyons. We thank all those on the committee..the helpers…vendors and visitors and all who have partaken in the event. Click image to see complete list of...
SCC - Winter Gathering Pot Luck Dinner

SCC – Winter Gathering Pot Luck Dinner

On Tuesday, December 18th we would like you and your family to join us for Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner & Open House. It will begin at 6 P.M. and each family needs to bring a dish to share. (Sshh…there will be a surprise visitor that night – Santa). Please mark your calendar for this festive...
2nd Annual Christmas In The Canyons - Dec. 15, 2012

2nd Annual Christmas In The Canyons – Dec. 15, 2012

Mark your calendars and then come out for a great time. Last year was better than we’d hoped and this year promises to be even better. The vendor application form is here: http://smrpd.org/Forms/CITC%20App%20-2-2012.pdf
Goldenspotted Oak Beetle is on the way and it's not friendly to our trees

Goldenspotted Oak Beetle is on the way and it’s not friendly to our trees

Goldenspotted Oak Beetle Information Southern California Citizen Scientist Tree Health Survey Form A Field Guide to Insects and Diseases of California Oaks Sierra Madre Patch Article Wikipedia Post From the website below: “Goldspotted oak borer infestation is contributing to the on-going oak tree mortality occurring on federal, state, private, and Native American lands in San...
Maple Springs Gate Open

Maple Springs Gate Open

It’s finally open to the relief of some and consternation of others. I drove up the road today in my Jeep and while the lower section has been re-paved in some sections the upper dirt section does have some damage and work that has changed the nature of the road making it seem like a...
Vision Quest 2011

Vision Quest 2011

Today was the day of the epic Vision Quest race. A total of 55.2 miles with 11,200′ of climbing from Black Star Canyon down the motorway then up Maple Springs ending at O’Neill Park. I was there to present the first of a series of four $50 awards in this case a gift certificate purchased...
Pictures of life in the canyons in the 1940s

Pictures of life in the canyons in the 1940s

From Deanna Craig’s sister these are some great shots of life in Ladd Canyon back in the 1940′s Deanna’s grandma Arline Brown, aunt Frances Brown and mom Susie Brown in Silverado Creek. Grandma Arline Brown, mom Susie Brown and unidentified friend in what I think is Ladd Canyon Grandma Arline Brown, aunt Frances Brown, mom...
The Canyon Orange County We Call Home

The Canyon Orange County We Call Home

This short film captures the essence of why we live here and why so many others come to visit. If this video doesn’t play then click here. Mountain Man from Jonathan Formica on Vimeo.
Storm Damage Assessment Hike

Storm Damage Assessment Hike

All photos by Mike Boeck Mike invited me to go with him and Jim as one of two groups doing an assessment of damage to roads in the Black Star Canyon area. We took the Edison road off Black Star Canyon Rd. The damage wasn’t too bad but the scenery was gorgeous.
Irvine Ranch Conservancy/RICOH Invasive Plant Removal

Irvine Ranch Conservancy/RICOH Invasive Plant Removal

(Posted for and all photos by Mike Boeck) On Saturday, March 5, about sixty volunteers from RICOH, including the company president, participated in an invasive plant removal program in OC Parks’ Limestone Canyon. As a lead land steward for the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, I supervised a group of about a dozen people who spent several...
Ladd Canyon

Ladd Canyon

I took a hike up Ladd Canyon with Carl up past his place and onto the Takahashi property. Lot’s of damage to the road so we had quite a steep hike to near the end. The ridge to the west looks like a great addition to the section we did for a complete loop. I’ll...
Silverado Children's Center Help Needed

Silverado Children’s Center Help Needed

We need volunteer help at the Silverado Children’s Center. Here’s a list of projects we need done. Can you help? Deck handrail needs painting New sign repair siding of both buildings landscaping of driveway painting building and ramp fix concrete in preschool (front) yard fix the roof leakage problem with the school-age building replace/fix ceiling...
California Register of Historical Resources #202

California Register of Historical Resources #202

SILVERADO – Located in Cañada de la Madera (Timber Canyon) was a mining boom town founded in 1878 when silver was discovered nearby. During the colorful life of its boom, 1878-1881, miners flocking to the area established a thriving community, served daily by stage from Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Location: Next to Silverado Fire...
Green Vision Coalition Map

Green Vision Coalition Map

This gives you an idea of where the Green Vision Coalition is heading. The coalition is many non-governmental organization (NGOs) and us the SMRPD as the only government agency forging a powerful force to make Orange County a vision that other will want to copy in this era of sound environmental practices without detriment to...
Snow in the mountains means more visitors

Snow in the mountains means more visitors

This morning I was out in the yard doing some rain-enforced-neglected yard work. I watch the many visitors streaming by our place looking for a place to park. Because we actually have room between the road and our retaining wall and the fact that we are close to the gate our spots our 3 spots...
Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon

Limestone Canyon Wilderness Area is manage by Irvine Ranch Conservancy who schedule access to the normally closed area. img_0571 img_0569 img_0568 img_0567 img_0566 img_0565 img_0564 img_0563 img_0562 img_0561 img_0560 img_0559 img_0557 img_0556 img_0555 img_0554 img_0553 img_0552 img_0551 img_0550 img_0549 img_0548 img_0547 img_0545 img_0544 img_0543 img_0542 img_0541 img_0540 img_0539 img_0538 img_0537 img_0536 img_0535 img_0533 img_0532 img_0531...
Lower Silverado Creek Mountain Lion Tracks

Lower Silverado Creek Mountain Lion Tracks

We saw tracks down in the lower Silverado Creek shown in the picture on the left. Even saw one set right along with deer tracks. I’ve been coming to the canyons for 30 years and lived in Silverado for 17. I’ve been up many of the trails and roads and never seen a mountain lion....
Fire Line Hike End of Silverado

Fire Line Hike End of Silverado

During the fires of 2007 fire crews cut a firebreak up the ridge just beyond the Maple Springs gate. It’s pretty steep but worth the effort. I’d hiked this line once before and made it to the top before turning around. I didn’t really want to go too far by myself. Mike Boeck and I...
SMRPD Map

SMRPD Map

From Canyon Land Conservation Fund The Silverado-Modjeska area consists of approximately 65 square miles of mountainous terrain on the eastern edge of Orange County, California. Silverado and Modjeska are the most heavily populated canyons, with homes also in Ladd, Black Star, Williams, Harding and Baker canyons. Geographically, socially and visually, Silverado-Modjeska is a unique island...
Harding Canyon

Harding Canyon

This is an alder root that was most likely covered in dirt before the Dec 2010 storms. The reddish tint is what happens when it is scrubbed by rushing water. It’s an easy indicator of how high the water got. Another interesting aspect of these is that these roots smell like leather.
Old mine attempt

Old mine attempt

Ellen is standing in front of one of two mine shafts about 10′ apart and about 6′ above the stream. Both were no more than 5′ to 6′ deep so whoever dug these gave up rather soon. Looking at the stream bed with strata indicating a possible silver vein and realizing that on the other...
New pool up Harding Canyon

New pool up Harding Canyon

Ellen and I are standing above a new pool created after the Dec 2010 storm. What’s interesting to see here is the dirt banks above our shoulders. We’re standing on the rock formation that this pool contains now. Before the storm there was no pool here and this rock was most likely covered in decades...
Harding Canyon Falls

Harding Canyon Falls

Water fall about 4 miles up Harding Canyon. That’s Joel Robinson above me. This is actually a 2-level fall. The second level is about 10 ft high. The water coming down this canyon and over the falls was strong enough to move a huge bolder that had rested under the top level. It’s very easy...