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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 (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…

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…

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.

Santiago Peak

Great day hike light drizzle, was perfect!

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…

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

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 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…

Brutal Hike

The hardest hike I’ve ever done IMO. I don’t think I will do this hike again. Very steep switchbacks with loose rocks and scree on…

Santiago Peak

Parked outside the gate walked 2 miles each way to the trailhead, from there it was ok up until you reach another 2 miles then…

Off-roading Adventure

This felt like the longest hike I’ve done in a while, especially since there was no shade and since the bugs were constantly in my…

Death hike 2019

This trail is 20 miles plus. The only legal way to get to the peak. Road is open to 4×4 and bikes. We hit Madjeska…

Santiago Peak

Una montaña muy retadora, el terreno muy difícil e inseguro. Ocupas tus buenas botas y palos de hiking. Buenos paisajes. 17 millas. definitivamente una buena…

Santiago Peak tuff

Hi this hike was a bit tuff due to the terrain. It was slippery and lots scree also very steep areas. Definitely  not for beginner…

The Eagle Has Landed

Saturday was the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, so it was a great day for a long hike! Now, I know what…

Love bugs, NOT!!!

After more than a month vacation of mostly just eating and sleeping with no outdoor activities, I was eager to get back into hiking and…

Wildflowers and ladybugs

This was peak #10 for us, definitely not one of the easy ones! The peak is not pretty but the beautiful wild flowers and tons…

Santiago

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…

Santiago Peak

A group of 4 of us hiked to Santiago Peak via Cadillac and Joplin Trails.  Mileage 15.6 miles, elevation 5009.  Lots of poison oak, flowing…

Santiago Peak

Green, green and more green.  So many wildflowers and majestic views the entire way up.  Cool cloud cover made for pleasant temperatures during a looooong…

Santiago via Cadillac (0 of 6)

If you live in the Rancho Santa Margarita area this is an excellent training hike for the other “Six Peaks”. There is a mix of…

Santiago Peak

It’s strenuous because of distance round trip was 27 miles. But liked it so much

Is this an OC hike?

Cadillac to Joplin Just like the others said this is not your average OC hike and don’t underestimate this route.  It starts off very steep…

Getting over that stubborn Hump

4/27/19. I bagged my alternate 6 Pack of Peaks Challenge. I hiked up to the Santiago Peak alone via Cadillac and Joplin trails. When I…

OC Crew

Finally hiked the highest peak in the OC.

Santiago in the 4/20 Clouds

I started on an overcast trail and peaked on a mountain looking down on a giant blanket of clouds. (see photos) It was a tough…

One and done. 😂😂😂😂

This is the other route to take due to Holy jim is closed. 20 Miles for us cause we did not.park at trail head like…

Santiago Peak

Hard going up, brutal coming down. Take lots of water and trekking poles.

Suffer fest at Santiago peak

The trail was amazing some spots 2 or three a little sketchie … the walk down was awful … down ! Down! Down ! No…

SAF friends who cuss 😜😂

ITrail steep, loose dirt, rocks and scree. Small sections with shade otherwise hiking in the open. Go early and there was water but not sure…

Santiago Peak

The trail was steep, rocky and very slick. I fell a few times but the view was worth it. Lots of nats.

The Closure Controversy Part II

Santiago Peak April 7th, 2019 3 take aways from this hike; and then some: It was hot as heck! There is shady here and there,…

Santiago the Harding Way

Santiago peak via the Harding Truck Trail to the Main Divide Road.  This makes it just under a 28 mile round trip.  The trail is…

The Closure Controversary

Todays hike served two purposes. First, for me, to complete peak 5 of the 12 Peaks. 🙂  Second, to attempt to determine if the upper…

Who said it can’t be done?

We started at the Cadillac Trailhead at 7:20 am.  The first two miles are a tough, steep jeep road.  The second two miles are relatively…

Santiago Peak

A tough alternate route to the peak due to the fire closure…very steep and rocky. The peak is littered with radio towers and clouds obscured…

Santiago Peak

A wast a Lon hike the view espectacular, crossing river beautiful the flower starting blooming especially the poppy one .

Santiago Peak

Desperate to complete the 12 pack, I read of the Joplin trail which would make summiting Santiago Peak possible even with the closure of the…

Number 10

Guy 1 picks up guy 2 Hop, skip and a jump to guy 3 roll on out to guy 4 and away we go! We…

The Ominous Towers of Santiago

– Alternate Route via Cadillac Trailhead – Into the mist we go – Consistant Climb – Ruts, Scat, and Loose Gravel variables – We were…

A Close Call

hot, dry, two days before the holy fire…surreal

Holy Moly Hilly Jim

Super hot day. Ran out of water in way back. So glad to experience this hike before the fires.

Santiago Strolling

Long, long day on the trails but worth it. We met some great people who were off-roading to the top of the peak and fell…

Holy Jim Trail

Lots of sun exposure bumpy dirty ride to trail head

Hike up crawl

It was the beginning After some Time off .

Hotter than the Sun

this was a long ass hike 17 miler It was hot and you are exposed to the sun most of the time. I would not…

Perfect Day on Santiago Peak

It was a perfect day to lead my Hike Beyond the Hills- #HikeBeyondTheHills hiking crew to hike an arduous 17 miles with 4,100’ total elevation…

My come back FU Cancer

The day was wonderful, weather beautiful. I felt great and the group amazing. I did this hike as I was going thru radiation but cancer…

Santiago Peak in February

This hike was hot for February. It was really beautiful in the beginning and the waterfall. All around challenging hike with some decent views.