Santiago Peak Trail

MODERATE 78 reviews
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Santiago Peak Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

15.9 miles 4498 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

22 days ago

1 month ago

Great hike. There are pretty views out toward Trabuco Canyon, and a lot of steady climbing. This can be a long day, and a hot dry trail - take more water than you think you need.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trails, very peaceful and empty. Top of the mountain is used a telecom site, so noise and antennas ruin the view from the peak a little bit. LONG hike, gets dark early in the canyon, so plan to set out in the morning.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top. Also known as Saddleback Mountain. It's Orange County's highest peak.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

cold after hiking. rain.

hiking
2 months ago

The views are great and the slope is almost constant. The trail is comfortable to walk besides the last mile before getting to the peak, where the trucks dig big stones out of the dust. I recommend going with the option on the right side of the suggested loop, which is a good path delighting you with the scent of the bushes. However, on the way up, I missed the connection which is on the left-hand side, in a right hand curve... hope this is clear. Did it in 4 hours walking time; plan for 5 to 6 hours. Rent a small SUV or use a crappy car as the track to the Holy Jim Parking is awful.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I was impressed with how nice a trail this is. It was a little warm but there was plenty of shade and a breeze now and then. The bugs in the lower portion of the trail were relentless. We didn't make it to the peak since we were out of shape. I will be back again in the spring to summit. The drive in is not for low profile vehicles. My F150 did fine.

hiking
5 months ago

I went with 3 people, it was a very nice hike, I really enjoyed it :)

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really great trail! If I had only listened to the reviews and trail guides and NOT gone during summer! The heat on the day I went was not bad (80-85), but the bugs! I really look forward to doing this again in the spring when the water is flowing, wildflowers are blooming and no bugs. Road to the trailhead is tough without all wheel drive. The 4000+ elevation gain occurs pretty gradually over the 8 miles up. There is a peak marker among the buildings, you just have to look for it.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really great trail! If I had only listened to the reviews and trail guides and NOT gone during summer! The heat on the day I went was not bad (80-85), but the bugs! I really look forward to doing this again in the spring when the water is flowing, wildflowers are blooming and no bugs. Road to the trail head is tough without all wheel drive. The 4000+ elevation gain occurs pretty gradually over the 8 miles up. There is a peak marker among the buildings, you just have to look for it. I did not do the loop reflected on the attached map, just the out and back via Holy Jim Trail to Truck Trail to peak.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really great trail! If I had only listened to the reviews and trail guides and NOT gone during summer! The heat on the day I went was not bad (80-85), but the bugs! I really look forward to doing this again in the spring when the water is flowing, wildflowers are blooming and no bugs. Road to the trailhead is tough without all wheel drive. The 4000+ elevation gain occurs pretty gradually over the 8 miles up. There is a peak marker among the buildings, you just have to look for it. I did not do the loop reflected on the attached map, just the out and back via Holy Jim Trail to Truck Trail to peak.

hiking
5 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

6 months ago

A long slog with awesome views and botanical specimens along the way!

hiking
6 months ago

A nice climb with great views

6 months ago

6 months ago