|Peak Summited||2021 Santiago Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a dog, Hiked with a partner, Hiked with a group|
|Road Conditions||Road recommended for high clearance only|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
This hike was just magnificent! On the way up, we were hiking above the clouds the whole time. I'd suggest hiking this in the morning on a cloudy day. On the way down as the clouds rise, you'd be able to see the landscape underneath all the clouds which was amazing. Basically you'd be getting different views on the way up and on the way down which makes the hike a little less boring. Even though it's a long hike, the incline is steady all the way up, so there's not really any steep incline or decline.
To get to the trailhead on marked on AllTrails, you do need a high-clearance car because it was all dirt road and a lot of bumps. If you don't have one, then you'd need to park further down and add 4 miles one way to the already long hike. If you do have an off-road type vehicle, you technically don't even have to hike because the trail is actually an off-road trail and you can actually drive all the way up to the peak, but there's no challenge in that right? With that being said, if you do decide to hike it, there'd be jeeps and dirt bikes passing occassionally so make sure you bring a face covering or bandana so that you don't inhale all the sand and smog. What's nice is that since it is an off-road trail, the path is actually really wide.
We got to the trailhead at 7:30am on a Sunday and there was only one other car parked. The lot is huge so you'd have no problem finding parking. We got to the peak at about 10:00am and we had the whole peak to ourselves, which felt really nice. We walked about 0.2 mile past the peak since this is where you can get the best view. You'd be able to see Catalina Island and Downtown LA on a clear day.