|Peak Summited||2019 Santiago Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||Cadillac to Joplin|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were terrible|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Minor obstacles posing few problems|
We took Cadillac to Joplin, which, apparently, is on private property.
Alltrails has warnings about people getting ticketed, so use this route at your own risk.
The first two miles of this are EXTREMELY step. It then levels off for a bit, then goes down in elevation to a lovely section featuring a stream, then has a relentless climb to the top featuring my two favorite things: scree and fire road.
Lots of water still running and tons of wildflowers, but also an army of bugs to swat away. The lady bugs are in full bloom and crawling/flying everywhere, so beware.
A pro tip: if you'd like to cut off about 1 mile of fire road, there is a small trail off to the left right as Joplin trail meets the fire road. If you take that up, you'll end up on the opposite site of the radio towers, for a much faster climb up. Otherwise you'll inch along the fire road for what seems like eternity.