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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…

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 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…

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

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

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…

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 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 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…

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 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

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 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…

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

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 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 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 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…

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

Joplin😬😬😬

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

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…

Santiago Peak

6:15am start via Indian Truck Trail. We were greeted with a beautiful sunrise and didn’t see any other hikers on the trail.  Slushy/icy snow about…

Santiago peak

The weather was excellent, it was about 60 degrees and sunny. It was warm in the non shade areas and you could feel the temp…

warm up with Santiago

Got to an early start this year with the intention of completing all twelve peaks in 2021. Arrived at Maple Springs Vistor centre parking at…

Santiago Peak Hike – 12-25-2020

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…

Santiago

Road to Maple Springs was open from the Temescal/Corona side but we had a heck of a time finding that info out. Ranger said it’s…

Santiago

Took me some time to find out for sure that the gates were open for this one.  The Trabuco Ranger was awesome and gave some…

Rocky Santiago Peak

Santiago Peak is definitely a fun adventure.  Four wheeling is a bonus on this rocky hike to the Maple Springs trailhead.  There were more four…

Santiago Peak

Nice day to hike Santiago Peak. 6:30 AM start at the Maple Springs Visitor Center TH. Only two other hikers were at the peak. I…

Superstars on top of Santiago Peak!

We left at 6:30 am…Maple Springs stopping only once at the first set of antennas…total miles 19…total time 6.5 hours.  Wind gusts in some parts!…

Santiago Peak

14 Mile round trip.  This was a very difficult hike.  Weather was great with plenty of shade on the way up.  Sunny on the way…

Santiago Peak Surprise

Great weather. Trail was pretty steep the first 2 miles so you will challenged.

18th Peak

This is my 18th peak that I needed to do. I have now done 18 peaks in the past 5 years of this challenge. But…

Santiago

Can’t say I was a fan of the bumpy ride to get to the start.  This hike was nothing to write home about but did…

Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak

Modjeska Peak and Santiago Peak. We were the ONLY hikers on this entire 14 mile trail. Santiago is the highest peak in Orange County and…

Where in the world is Carmen Santiago?

The road took longer than the hike.  Added Modesto Peak.  10.6 miles all in.  Beautiful summit views of all major peaks in southern california.

Santiago / Modjeska Double Peaks

Modjeska Peak ⛰ Santiago Peak ⛰ Summit Date: Oct 18, 2020 Modjeska Elevation: 5,499 ft Santiago Elevation: 5,687 ft Total Elevation Gain: 2,979 ft Total…

Saturday Santiago Summit

drive was tougher than the hike… nice enough views be prepared to be covered in dirt when all the drivers pass you

Hot and Smokey

Definitely this heat wave is tough for hiking even early.   It was very hot and buggy.  Super dusty and dry.  I didn’t see any…

Santiago Peak

Started early as usual. High clearance vehicle required if you’re hiking up Maple Springs – it’s 7 miles of rough road. Lots of bugs. Bring…

Santiago sunrise

Started at 4am under a blanket of stars and with a symphony of crickets.  Topped out at sunrise to enjoy my husband’s fresh baked banana…

Santiago Peak

I was honestly expecting the worst of this trail… we had another heatwave this weekend, plus the many stories of people having issues with the…

Saddleback

this was a cool hike because you can see saddleback from so many peaks in the area.

Santiago Sizzler

drove through the visitor center at 6:45. Parked at Main Divide cutoff and hit the trail a little after 7. We were in the shade…

Santiago Sizzler

drove through the visitor center at 6:45. Parked at Main Divide cutoff and hit the trail a little after 7. We were in the shade…

Santiago Sizzler

drove through the visitor center at 6:45. Parked at Main Divide cutoff and hit the trail a little after 7. We were in the shade…

Santiago Sizzler

Drove through the gates at the visitor center around 6:45. The road up is dusty and heavily used by OHV and dirtbikes. Definitely recommend high…

#14 is now out of the way

In a nutshell… I hate hiking on fire roads…. so boring!  This year we drove up to the end of Maple Springs Road, parked and…

Santiago

Got lost driving to TH. 3 hours later endured the hottest hike in my life.  Absolutely no shade. Tons of vehicles driving up/down trail. Every…

Santiago

easy hike, barely any elevation gain. Recommend starting early to avoid all the cars driving up the hill.

Peak #18

Hiked on a Saturday morning. Early start 430am. 1 hour drive up to trailhead. Beautiful sunrise and hiking above the clouds. Easy fire road to…

Santiago Peak

Drove up in the dark and was on thectrail before the sun came up which made this hike special.  When the sun came up we…

Santiago Peak

dragging my butt up the road with cars going by, really tested my integrity.

Santiago Peak…..Semi Cheat Day

We decided to given Santiago Peak a try. I’ve summited this peak before but out of Holy Jim Trail which is about 16.5 mi round…

Santiago Peak

Took Maple Springs fire road most of the way up. If you head to Maple Springs, do not start your hike at the visitors center…

Santiago Peak

Hot and humid hike today. Bugs were harmless but very annoying. Very challenging and great views at summit.

SantiagoHike

Easy fire road trail to hike, however getting there was a challenge!!!! Let’s talk about off-roading!!!!! Definitely drive 4 x 4 AWD…..last year I got…

4th of Santiago

Danger danger, it’s for off-roading vehicles and stay on the outside of the trail to be seen.

Meh – Santiago Peak

This hike was definitely my least favorite thus far. But glad I did what is considered the highest peak in Orange County. There is a…

Next time bring a 4×4

Started all the way from the bottom at Maple Springs Trailhead and made it to the top. Took us 5.5 hours and 12 miles, that’s…

Rocky Road

Not my favorite hike but got it done. Had to share to road with off road vehicles (trucks, jeeps & dirt bikes) didn’t realize we…

Morning on Santiago

There is one kind of hiking that I am not fond of, hiking on active roads. Unfortunately, Santiago Peak is one of these. To offset…

Santiago Peak

Peak #11/12 for me. Santiago is my least favorite of them all. Important to note that the Holy Jim Trail is still very closed, and…

Santiago Friday

We left very early and had cool weather and shade on the way up. Started back down before noon to more heat and less shade.…

Santiago Peak

Quick and easy hike to Santiago Peak. I start really late and the health was unbearable is why I didnt do Modjeska. #hikerevolution, #suunto, #patagonia,…

Go-Go-Santi-A-Go!

*sing to the tune of the Power Rangers theme song…it was either that or “Where in the World Is Carmen Santiago”* Since the Holy Jim…

Walk in the clouds

Trail was great. Hefty incline in loose rocks.  Perfect hiking weather… cold and chilly at the summit. Last couple miles through clouds.

Santiago peak

En esta caminata la empezamos tarde 3 pm pensamos mi esposo y un amigo sería  rápida 9.9 millas pero no contamos que estaba cerrada la…

Off road peak

Santiago peak up Maple springs trail. Never been on this trail even though I lived in Orange County and could see saddle back on a…

Santiago peak

trail conditions were as expected  for an off road drive. Weather was a little cold, It felt great hiking and being able to smell and…

The Almighty Santiago#7

Highest point in Orange County! The almighty Santiago ⛰️ My second rain hike🌧️Happened to see alot of fog, some hail, an abandoned truck, a rainbow,…