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Santiago Peak

The road to the trailhead is extra rough if you don’t have an SUV. Take the extra time to go slow due to some potholes.…

Santiago

Nice hike by myself.  Didn’t see many other people either.  I went up on the Temescal side off Bedford Motor Way.  Definitely need all-wheel to…

Solo mission to Santiago peak

This was my first time doing Santiago and I wanted to drive up through Silverado. I got to the trailhead right at day break so…

Made it!!

Three down.. 3 to go😅!!!

The third pick

We encounter a few bikes and Jeeps. Temperature was 70 in the morning. Easy trip.

Santiago and DONE!

I feel like this trail gets a bad rap and I get it, but I’ve been doing the bottom portion for the past 28 years…

Santiago Peak

Super hot the day we went but we hiked during the heat wave. Should’ve checked the weather beforehand. The first half of the hike is…

Santiago Peak

We started at 8 a.m. and it was already a little warm. Thankfully, there was a lot of shade on the way up. We got…

A Monday Morning at Santiago

We started early monday morning at the parking lot a couple miles up a dirt road from the Maple Springs Trailhead. It was a one…

Test Gub Keap Ogaitnas

This was my first time hiking to the top of Santiago Peak. I know that the Holy Jim trail is supposed to be pretty nice…

Santiago Via Joplin Trail

What a wonderful adventure it was. The highest peak in Orange County conquered! Although we started a little bit later than usual at 9:30 and…

Santiago Peak

Not my favorite by far. Pretty easy trail if you drive up and cut off some mileage as mentioned. It’s hot, dusty, and a basic…

Santiago via Maple Ridge

Started the day out super early in order to avoid the heat. We were the only ones there (a mountain biker came up after us)…

Joplin to Santiago is tough

Joplin Trail to Santiago Peak is a lot harder than I expected, probably a combination of distance and altitude gain.  I did Cucamonga last week…

Santiago peak via maple spring

Weather was really clear and sunny. This is definitely not summer trail, since it doesn’t have shade. It is easy trail most of trail were…

Hike 2 – Santiago Peak

Amazing trail. It wasn’t too long or too short. If you’re doing one of the hikes for the Six Pack Peak, I recommend doing this…

Chasing 4x4s up Santiago!

My women’s hiking group has a contingent doing the Six Pack, and I was going to join some of them for Mt. Wilson on the…

Afternoon Hike to Santiago

This hike was from the Maple Springs Road. I drove in part of the way so that the hike would be a 10-mile round trip…

Santiago Peak

After looking up at Saddleback since moving here in 1984, it was time to cross Santiago Peak off my hiking list this morning. We took…

Sunless on Santiago

Started early and hiked up into the clouds–when we got back to the starting point the lot had filled up significantly (mostly trucks). Saw several…

Mt. Jeep

The minor obstacles being Jeeps, and trucks, and then more Jeeps.  Imagine walking down an urban sidewalk except,  it isn’t paved, there’s not enough room…

Heaven in Orange County

Holy Jim Trail is gone, so Main Divide Road is the trail. It started out cool and overcast but soon we were above the cloud…

Santiago Peak

Cool but sunny.   Marine layer limited visibility to only the nearby peaks

Overcast and undercast

The weather had predicted overcast but I was hiking above the cloud over, so I was wondering if overcast should now be called undercast? It…

Santiago Peak

Santiago going up Joplin Trail was a tough hike. Coming down was brutal due to slippery conditions. Poles are definitely needed. We started before sunrise…

Windy!

Boy was it windy!  Great day for this hike.  The wind kept the bugs away and the temperature cool.  This is more like a nice…

Saddleback Duo

What a beautiful day today! We started from the Maple Springs road at Main Divide and it was REALLY windy–every time we were on the…

Santiago Peak

Its a very interesting hike. Needed a high clearance vehicle to get into the trail. Lots of rocks on the trail . Cloudy on that…

Walking on clouds

Santiago peak via maple springs. 10miles and 2,000ft elevation gain. There wasn’t much information out there for this trail so I hope I can give…

Kalawpa via Modjeska

Old Saddleback shares the name “Santiago” as to the creek that originates from its Southwestern flancs, and by the help of the other point of…

4WD then Hike to Santiago Peak

Hubby and I took a much needed ⛰nature break from the frenetic packing and moving house. We decided to take a quick jaunt up the…

4×4 peak

Beautiful day above the cloud level. Lots of off road vehicles

Horrible Santiago

The trail was rough and definitely not easy to hike. There’re too many rocks, gravel, and it was very steep. Nevertheless, it had to be…

Santiago Peak

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…

Santiago Peak #4 for me!

We got to trailhead at 7:30am with only 1 other car there already. Temp was 44 degrees. Perfect for hiking in my book! We didn’t…

Santiago…FINALLY!!!!!!

I picked Santiago Peak as one of my six right from the start HOWEVER, all the reviews talked about it being an extremely long hike.…

Saddle Up

Not as bad as some would say. Yes there were cars to get out of the way of but not as many as I thought…

Santiago Peak

Good view at the top, but hiking up a road wasn’t very scenic.

Early AM Santiago Peak Hike

Hiked Santiago from the Maple Springs Truck Trail. Saw one 4Runner coming down as I was nearing the peak. Just a few dirtbikers at the…

Long Road to Santiago

Well, we mis-judged this one. We didn’t read all the directions, we parked at the bottom not knowing you had to drive up the dirt…

23.5 Miles in 6 Hours

Departure: 6:30 am Weather: Sunny, Clear, High 40’s to Mid 60s Total Distance: 23.53 Miles Time to Summit: 3 hours 23 minutes Time to Descend:  2…

Saddleback!

No problem at all getting to the starting point, a large open area about 4.6 miles from the peak.  On the way down, I did…

The first one!

We started early. Got there around 8 am. Our vehicle was the only one at the trailhead when we embarked on our journey. There was…

A great trip up Santiago Peak

Although technically a truck trail (road) it was fine for the Honda Pilot we traveled in. Minimal traffic and easy to hear vehicles approach. A…

Santiago Peak

We took I5 north from the 76, off at Oso.  When we reached the Maple Springs Visitor Center we continued up the paved road, then…

Santiago Peak

This is off-road trail, with lots of vehicles and motorbikes along the trail.  Very dusty and no shade, bring a face covering so you aren’t sucking…

Santiago Peaking

Getting to the trailhead is a bit rough. You travel there via a narrow dirt road with some tricky corners with low visibility. The Maple…

Alone on Satiago

Drove part way up, as I hate hiking on active roads. Parked near the trail up to Modjeska Peak, then headed down the road. Near…

Santiago on a Spring day.

This is a fire road “trail” which is boring for most but I loved the stroll. We started where the pavement ends and hiked the…

Sad-Tiago Peak

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…

Santiago Peak

1st time hiking here. Peak underwhelming with the towers but the view to city and coast below is nice. Dusty as the trail is considered…

santiago

Great hike.  For me, the easiest so far. Probably because it was a steady incline.  There wasn’t much traffic heading up, but we had to…

Santiago Peak

A lot of 4×4 drivers, we started early so it wasn’t too bad

Santiago!

It’s a fire road hike so you will have vehicle passing but it was never an issue. A nice steady climb! Amazing views!!

Santiago Peak

It was super windy, which made it feel a lot colder than it was. We were lucky and didn’t run into a lot or off…

Santiago Peak

Failed getting to trailhead first two trips over there, this time made it and cruised up to the top.  A bit windy and chilly where…

Santiago “17 mile” Peak

The weather was perfect and the views hiking up were beautiful. As we got close to the top and once we reached Santiago Peak, there…

Santiago Peak

I had planned this hike as my last summit, however had to make it my first due to all the snow on the other peaks.…

Lazy Santiago

The road to the trailhead is rough and rocky. If you drive a plain commuter vehicle, prepare to drive slowly and carefully to avoid damaging…

Long road to Santiago Peak

Started our 24 mile (out and back) hike just inside the Maple Springs gate.  Recommend parking further down the road to where the gravel starts…

Santiago Peak

Wasn’t my favorite hike, lots of rocks and lots of instability.  We parked where the concrete turned to dirt on the trail, didn’t have a…

Santiago Peak Trail – Here I Go!!!

http://It was one of the longest, dustiest, and most high trafficked trails because of off road vehicles, motorcycles, Mt. bikers and actually just a few…

Santiago you are a beauty!

Started at the Maple Springs visitor Center and drove in on the bumpy road (paved first 3 miles then dirt) until we made it to…

Santiago Saturday

Since we read Holy Jim Trail was closed we opted for a different route. We settled on starting from Maple Spring Rd. and taking the…

Santiago

Since we read Holy Jim Trail was closed we opted for a different route. We settled on starting from Maple Spring Rd. and taking the…

Santiago Peak

This is very nice hike. The most difficult part is actually driving to the trail head. Definitely need a high clearance vehicle. No exceptions unless…

Santiago Peak

7am start at the second gate. Great weather with some small patches of snow. Lots of motorcycles & trucks driving past us. They were courteous…

Santiago Peak – the cops are here

We parked down at the trail head by Holy Jim’s and started our ascent for along, tough day. Trail is literally 2 Miles up, passing…

Santiago aka Saddleback

Great hike.  The scariest part is the vehicles and narrow dirt road.  Views are amazing

Santiago aka Saddleback

Great hike.  The scariest part is the vehicles and narrow dirt road.  Views are amazing

Santiago Peak – A First!

Lived in Orange County my whole life and never ventured up Saddleback Mountain.  It didn’t disappoint.  Challenging, for sure, but a great day.  Took us…

Santiago Peak

I solely hiked up to Santiago Peak.  What a gorgeous Sunday I had.  The flowers were in full bloom.  I took the Cadillac/ Joplin trail. …

SantiagoPeak

We got there early. The road was not as rough as the internet made it seem. My 4 Runner could have stayed in 2WD, but…

Santiago Peak

Santiago-beautiful day, gorgeous weather. Summit has lot’s of power lines and satellite towers.  Sweet little foxes crossed my path at the summit. Also, butterflies and…

SANTIAGO PEAK

Hiked on 2/27/21. 20.7 miles, 5,394 ft. elevation gain. Hike took 8:46. I had read on reviews and comments on this hike that there was…

Santiago Sibilance

The views from the top were lovely, but can’t say this hike had much else to write home about: – Entire trail is a rocky…

Santiago Peak

My kind of adventure – a little bit of off-roading and hiking! It was a clear day, we pretty much had the trail to ourselves…

2021 Santiago Peak

First time here… First time to experience sharing the trail with dirt bikes, OHV… I like it and will be back:)

Potato Chip Rock and dip

My first peak experience. 8 miles total. 4 mile incline and 1.5 miles of a steep incline. The toughest was coming down. It was rocky…

Santiago Peak

Perfect February weather for the 16 miles trek from Trabucco. A very hard and challenging course with steady incline and loose gravels all the way…

Santiago Peak

We had intended to do the 9.5 mile hike via Maple Springs.  The gate was open to drive all the way up to the dirt…

Santiago Peak

Wow this was tough… I was expecting a 9.5 mile hike but since we did not have an off road vehicle it was wayyyyyy longer.…

Off roading and hiking fun

Need a car that can do a little off reading. Hike was a lot of road. But views were nice and the adventure was fun…

Santiago

Windy.  Nice sunny day. Great views. Off-roading vehicle is a must!! Lots of motorcycles and trucks.

Santiago Peak!

Started the hike at 8am at the Cadillac trailhead on Trabucco Canyon Road. Took the trail up to Old Camp/Joplin trail and up to Santiago…

Santiago Peak

Started this hike around 8 AM at the Cadillac Trail head on Trabucco Canyon Road. We had to park about 2 miles away from the…

Santiago Peak

It was 39 degrees when we started on a beautiful sunny morning.  We came across 2 women coming up from Joplin trail and decided we…

Santiago Slip n Slide

This is a tough hike! Lots of slipping and sliding! Very rocky in a lot of places and the elevation is no joke! Make sure…

Santiago Peak

Parked on dirt road leading up to Holy Jim. (got a parking ticket!)  Headed up Cadillac, to Old Camp, to Joplin to the Peak.  …

Santiago and Modjeska Peak

This was the first weekend since the Maple Springs Gate opened again after the recent storm in January, so I wanted to take advantage of…

Santiago Peak

Good hike and good weather. Lots of traffic from vehicles.

Santiago Peak

Pretty strenuous and long hike both ways climbing up and climbing down.

#3 – Santiago Peak

I started from Trabuco Creek – Joplin Trail – Santiago Peak, Alltrails says 16.5 miles, but my record is 17.4miles. It was pebbly and slippery,…

Saddleback

Beautiful hike. I would rather deal with snow then to do that one in the heat of summer. Very steep in a lot of places…

2021 Modjeska-Santiago Marathon

What a day! Peak number 3 with 26.87 miles and a bonus trip up to Modjeska Peak 😀Working between storms, Sunday turned out to be…

Santiago Peak via Joplin Truck Trail

We had no problems finding parking right next to the trailhead.  This trail is lightly traveled… the entire day, we saw five mountain bikers and…

Santiago Peak

Hiked to Santiago Peak from Maple Springs Visitor Center this past Sunday. It was our longest hike yet at just over 24 miles. There were…

Summer weather on Santiago

Summer hot day!  We ended up doing a lot more miles than originally planned since the gate was closed due to a downed tree.  We…

Santiago & Medjeska Peaks via Joplin

Enjoyable and strenuous! We followed the HikingGuy.com trail guide for Medjeska Peak, continuing on Main Divide Road to hit Santiago Peak before backtracking to Medjeska:…

Santiago in the sun 🌞

Great off roading. 80s and sunny. Took a little over 4 hrs to complete. Lots of OHV and dirt bikes. Only 2 other hikers. Perfect…

Dreamed of this for decades

I have wanted to summit Santiago Peak since I moved here in 1994. Today I achieved my goal with Christine Anzell Carrell.  It was cold…

Santiago

Glad we did this on a weekday as their were just a few trucks and motorcycles. A few patches of snow but easy to cross.…

#3 Santiago (also grabbed Majeska)

Perfect day.  It was slightly hazy but we could see the Pacific Ocean, Catalina, LOTS of green, rolling hills, breeze, and the traffic was not…

Simply Santiago

The dirt road to get there is a bit crazy, took about 30 minutes. The hike is on a road so not very exciting but…

Joplin😬😬😬

Started at MapleSprings up to Modjeska Pesk then Santiago Peak down Joplin

Not-a-weekend hike

It was a crowded path with dirt bikes and off road trucks who dumpy dust at you. The off roaders were specially rude carrying all…

Santiago Peak

Up maple springs up—> to Modjeska peak —>over to SANTIAGO PEAK ->down Joplin,into old camp, and down Cadillac

Santiago on Ice

Two peaks in Two days – with my awesome daughter!  Still some long patches of ice on the road in some spots, making it rather…

Santiago Towers

Long and steady hike to the peak. Good trail/road conditions and well maintained. Some ice and snow on the trail in the shaded areas, but…