Peak Summited2020 Santiago Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMaple Springs, Silverado Canyon
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

*sing to the tune of the Power Rangers theme song…it was either that or “Where in the World Is Carmen Santiago”*

Since the Holy Jim trail is closed, the only route I am my compatriot could find was through Silverado Canyon, starting at the Maple Springs Trailhead.  Paved for a couple miles, then a truck trail / fire road to the top.  Pretty much Palomar after its initial ascent, but for 20+ miles (also 5ish pavement).  Kind of drudgery, but one foot in front of the other, we got on up there.  Nice views kept emerging; wish I had a better cameraphone.  Lots of time to think and listen to music; my compatriot and I talked until we gave me permission to go ahead of him at my pace.  I'd do this hike again only if and when Holy Jim opens up.


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