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…

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.…

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…

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

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…

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 .

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…

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…

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.