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

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…

#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…

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…

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…

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,…

Santiago Peak

I opted for the long version (24.3 miles RT according to GAIA GPS) of this hike by starting at the Maple Springs Visitor Center. I…

Santiago Peak

An off-road trip to get to the trailhead! Cloudy and rainy the whole hike 🥴 will have to go back for the views!

#thankfulforajeep

First time hiking up to Santiago Peak & first time off roading…what an adventure it was! I’ve never been so thankful for a Jeep haha…

Santiago

This is a busy trail full of all sorts of hikers, mountain bikers, off-road vehicles, dirt bikes.  I’m logging this as I saw that it…

4-Wheeling and Hike to Santiago Peak

Took the less road traveled on Maple Springs Road on our 4WD, then hiked up to OC’s tallest peak, Santiago Peak aka Saddleback Mountain. We…

In Memory Of Adam

We drove through the gate parked at the end where the asphalt turns into dirt road. The hike had a steady incline all the way…

Santiago Peak

Beautiful Day! Great Company! Life is GOOD!

Santiago peak

Fairly easy hike. Fire road type trail. Radio towers at top.

Santiago Peak

Yes!!! Finally hiked Santiago Peak!!! I see it everyday from my bedroom window, I see it every time I’m driving, running or walking in my…

Santiago loose rock on trail Peak

My first solo hike of the year, lots of loose rock on the trail going to the peak. Pretty much had trail to myself today,…

Santiago conquered!!! finally!!!

Finally conquered bad boy Santiago with an awesome group of hiking friends!!! Took Maple Springs Truck Trail to Main Divide to the peak! Beautiful weather,…

Finally! Santiago gotchu!

Exposed truck trail since Holy Jim trailhead is closed still.  Warmer than expected. fairly easy hike- since it was the truck trail. great views the…

Santiago 4wd 2ld

First time here and oh the views… So glad it was a Monday with minimal trucks and motorcycles. Started up Bedford and it was nice…

Back in the Saddle!

So much fun going with those girls today! Hit the peak. Saw the views.  Talked about peaks we’ve done and peaks we will do.  Just…

Santiago Peak

Amazing views, a little bit of fog, but cleared up eventually. A lot of off-roaders, but manageable as we hiked on through. Great weather too…

So Long……Santiago Peak

Great day at Santiago!  Lots of off-roaders too!  Great group of gals and a get it done kind of hiking day! My third time hitting…

Santiago disaster

So alltrails did us dirty on this one. After dodging over 50 mountain bikers flying up and down this trail the trail did not end…

In our backyard

Hubby is non hiker, he suggested we hike this beauty be suse we stare at in when sitting in our backyard with drinks. Bout time…

Santiago Peak

Drove up the Maple springs fire road for a few miles, and made it about a 10 mile hike. Beautiful fay with great views.

Santiago Peak

Beautiful day hiking with my Trail Sisters. We couldn’t have asked for a better weather conditions. Awesome day bonding with girlfriends.

Honoring Shakespeare as well

The last few miles on the dirt road to the trailhead are a bit rough; take it slow. After the parking area (I was the…

Snow Day on Santiago

I experienced ALL the weather California has to offer today. It was cloudy with bursts of sunlight when air arrived at the bottom of the…

Radio Mountain

It was relatively easy, and there was really cool radio towers at the top.

Burning backs

we took a car to the dirt parking lot about 4.7 miles from the summit. We started at around 8 and were in shade until…

Cloud Sandwich

It’s always exciting to climb this peak because it’s not easy for me to drive to main divide without a friend with a truck😂🤣 Today,…

Santiago

Hiked to Santiago Peak via the Harding Truck Trail which originates in Modjeska Canyon.  You can park at the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary parking area.  This…

Santiago (Finally)

Where did you watch the sunrise this morning? Peak 4/18 Santiago peak, Silverado, California. It was a cold and windy morning, but it turned into…

11 of 18 Santiago Peak

Easy day today! Completed peak #11, Santiago Peak, of the SoCal Six Pack of Peaks (18 peaks) Challenge. 9.57 miles with just under 1500’ in…

Santiago Peak

Finally my very first summit to Santiago Peak #6/18 in the books! Great morning for a hike in the highest point in OC. Early start…

Fire roads are fir the birds

Wake up 3am meeting carpool spot 410 am 1 hour drive to meet up with group at Maple spring visitor center need adventure pass to…

Santiago Peak

This trail leading to Santiago is mainly a fire Road that shared with off-road vehicles so please be careful because they come flying fast.

Santiago

My friend and I decided to take the Indian Truck Trail  To the peak. I have done this trail so many times but not after…

Santiago Peak

Exceptionally clear and calm day.  Some areas of ice and/or mud near the peak

Last one for 2019

This was definitely a great way to celebrate the life of my uncle!!

Santiago Peak

Summited Santiago Peak today to finish the 12-Pack!!!! Got a break in the weather, and got’er done.  This is the alternate route since Holy Jim…

Santiago

Weather perfect: cold start but warm in sun. Clear skies meant amazing views. Shame Holy Jim is still closed but Maple Springs worth doing for…

Oh Santiago! Peak 12

Monday morning and I was fiending for a hike,  with only one last peak to summit what choice did I have,  what a perfect day…

Majestic Modjeska + Santiago Peaks

Santiago & Modjeska Peaks via Maple Springs Road. Elevation gain:  4,500 ft. Total mileage:  23.5.  A virtual unintended marathon!  Peak #7 of #sixpackofpeaks. Goal is…

It goes to 11..

Lots of miles, mostly fire road, so not the prettiest or most challenging of trails. But checked off my no. 11. Views for miles: Catalina…

Santiago Peak

A little windy, longer than expected but still a beautiful day to bag a peak.  Starting from maple springs is a long round trip but…

Mission Accomplished to Santiago Peak

Hiked to the tallest peak in OC (5,689’)—Santiago Peak aka Saddleback Mountain. This mountain has been a controversial one this year due to last year’s…

The Twelfth Peak: Santiago Peak

This hike almost didn’t happen this year. But after hearing from friends who bagged this peak either by Cadillac-Joplin or by Maple Springs Road I…

The dirt road

Decided to bag Santiago peak this morning, my tenth peak of the six pack of peaks challenge. Santiago peak is the tallest peak in Orange…

Santiago Peak

I drove up about 5.5 miles past the Maple Springs Visitor Center and parked at the wider portion of the road before starting my hike.…

27 miles off roading

Easy hike but rough for my truck!!! We used my mom’s pick up truck because I was told the fire road was rough and 4×4…

S&M

Hiking up long fire roads sucks so we took the 4x4s up Maple Springs to “Four Corners” and parked. We started hiking on Main Divide…

Santiago Peak

was a great day but my Least favorite peak of the series.

12 pack complete

Weather was clear but a little windy and a slight chill in the air

Santiago Peak #12

Santiago Peak wasy final peak to complete 12 peaks for 2019. There were four of who finished our 12th peak today. We started at 6…

Santiago Peak

1st time to summit Saddleback mountain. Weather was great! Went thru patchy areas where we were pretty much walking in the clouds.  Very well maintained…

The Elusive Peak

Santiago Peak is always one of the peaks I wanted to hike for a long time. With the road condition that I’m getting, I don’t…

Off-roading and hiking combined

Enjoyed driving in for almost 5 miles of dirt road to the staging area. Hiked 5 miles in and out. Could’ve reached the summit in…

Santiago Peak

weather was good so happy we did not have the sun beating on us this the only trail we only saw 3 other hikers besides…

Santiago Peak

Great day hike light drizzle, was perfect!

Wait for it, wait for it …

Oh Mylanta! We finally found an open trail for Santiago. I had almost resigned myself and then out of the blue I got an invite…

Foggy and Soggy on Santiago

Driving in the dark along Silverado Canyon Road, I knew I was in for a treat. While I’ve lived in Orange County most of my…

Santiago Showers

Morning mist was very heavy preventing view of surroundings. Visibility to 30’ at times. Sun finally broke through at 11:00 on this cool morning hike.

In the fog

What an adventure today! It all started with a 5 mile drive up an off road vehicle road followed by another 6.5 miles hiking up…

Gotcha Santi!

#11/12: Santiago Peak (Saddleback Mtn)✅. This is also the location of K-Wave 107.9 FM, our Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa church Christian radio station. For years…

Santiago Peak

We hiked up Cadillac to Joplin trail to the entrance of the peak since it’s still closed due to the fires last year. We brought…

Santiago Peak

Went with a group lead by Philip Yoho. Drove to trailhead then we took high clearance cars up and parked on dirty road. Hiked all…

Santiago Peak 12 of 12

Finished my 12 peaks today by hiking Santiago Peak via Maple Truck trail. Definitely not my favorite hike not peak. Fire road all the way…

Peaks by the dozen

not proud to say I did this in a short version but time frame allotted me so much but I did hit the top. Rough…