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Sad-Tiago Peak

Peak Summited2021 Santiago Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMaple Springs
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad recommended for high clearance only
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Achieved Peak #3 of the 6POP. I chose Santiago Peak bc I had a weekday open and there was no snow. It was an all day hike. Weather was perfect. The trail was empty in the AM. Parked at the end of the pavement of Maple Springs Trail and it was still a total of 19 miles. Only saw one other set of hikers the entire day. The top of the peak itself is anti-climactic. The way back down was DAN-GER-OUS! ⚠️ Many off-roaders on the trail now. Several large full-size trucks going way too fast. A couple of trucks were stopped bc their friend actually drove off the side of the cliff the night before. They were there with a rope to climb over the side to retrieve some of his personal belongings (the friend was in the hospital, but healing). I can’t imagine what this trail would look like on a crowded weekend. It’s a wonder to me that this peak is even an option on the 6POP. I really think it should be removed. #1- hikers can cheat and just drive an off-road vehicle (though none of you in this group would do that I know 😉 ). #2- the danger. Tip: go to the cliff side if a car is coming. At least you won’t go off the side if something goes wrong. #3- it’s boring! Not much in views. No real change in scenery or terrain.
Be careful out there! Onto the next! 👍

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