|Peak Summited||2020 Santiago Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Santiago Peak via Maple Springs|
|Road Conditions||Road recommended for high clearance only|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail in good condition|
Santiago Peak Hike – 12-25-2020
This was my first time going up to Santiago Peak. I found half the fun was driving up the dirt road in an off road vehicle – Jeep Wrangler.
Getting to the start of the trail is a challenge in itself as you have to drive up this bumpy dirt road and I would definitely recommend a high clearance vehicle. I though the trail was not really a trail but a dirt road up to the summit. Even though for some reason today the road up to the summit was open as I believe there was a person working up in the top on the antennas I still parked at Maple Springs and started my hike there. I found the hike fairly easy as it is just a walk up a road although you need to be careful if there is traffic as there was today. I think I was the only person actually hiking it up and I saw a guy on a mountain bike as well but he did not go all the way up. Overall, the views of the ocean and rolling hills are nice and seeing Catalina Island in the distance is a bonus but the trail was a little disappointing as I mentioned it is just a road. I recommend this road for trail runners as the incline is not a lot and one can run up and down without too much effort. Well I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Day as I did as I had the day off and doing some outdoor hiking and saw a new peak.
See you out in the trails…
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