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Barham Ridge Trail and Oak Trail to Robber's Roost

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Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Barham Ridge Trail and Oak Trail to Robber's Roost is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Orange, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 777 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Bird watching Running River Views Wild flowers Wildlife No shade
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Please note many trails in park were recently closed. Nearly all of the trails in the park should now be open. There are a few closures still in place, but they should not affect this loop. There are a lot of mountain bikes on this trail.

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Guilebaldo Elizondo
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Started late so it got hot. Ran most of it.

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Azael Cisneros
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Journey and Cars
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J Z
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Octavio Pena
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Ale Mad
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Jose Luis Sanchez
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Mountain biking

Awesome

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Jesus Garrido
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Hiking

Great for a morning hike!

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John Ziakas
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Ale Mad
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I actually really like the trail it's a great workout.

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Armando Martinez
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Overall it was a decent trail. Got there at 7am, right when they opened and paid $5 for parking. The trail was moderately easy. I followed the ALLTRAILS app map I downloaded and never got lost. Starts off with a gradual uphill, always managable. One thing I do need to point at is that there was hundreds of mountain bikers so we always needed to be aware if they were coming downhill not making the hike fully enjoyable. The views were nice up top but it never felt like you were in nature but what do you expect when it's a located in a major city like Irvine. It's heavily trafficked and 50% of the hikers were not wearing mask. So for all these reasons we will probably not be coming back.

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Tuyetly Phu
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I didn’t know there was a a waterfall hidden, so that was nice to find. After that hiked out towards the sun and there were 3 different trails.. easy, moderate and difficult. Of course I chose easy route jk I went up difficult trail.. Had to take a few breaks because it was a little bit steep uphill and I have asthma, so I was a bit tough for me. eventually I completed it and got some really nice photos. Nice view and very relaxing.

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Emma T
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Great hike! Did it clockwise. Bit of a climb to Beggers Roost but well worth it. Hardly saw anyone but it was 90 degrees when we started at 1p! Nice breeze though. Awesome views. Trail map and distance is spot on but many other trails around if you wanted to try different routes tho recommend this one.

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Carlos Escobedo
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Sarah Neil
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The trail description is pretty misleading, by the time I got to the scenic outlook after the Mountain Goat stretch we’d climbed over 1000 ft. Started onto Barham but couldn’t see ourselves climbing much higher so we cut down to Coachwhip and onto Bumblebee. Maybe did a third of what the trail had laid out and did 4.5 miles, so I’m not sure how long it’d be if we’d done the whole loop. Alright trail, just wish I’d known what we were getting into better. Not a lot of mask wearers, plenty of mountain bikers, watch out for horse poop. Wear sunscreen!

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Joey Garcia
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Came on Friday Morning and started at 7:15. $3 parking. We did this hike backward to get the steep incline out of the way and get a more gradual decline on the way back. No shade, but it was overcast early enough. Not too many people and most of the trail was wide enough to social distance. Ton of the bikers and none of them not wearing masks and neither are most hikers. If you don't come on weekends and start early enough, you shouldn't have a problem social distancing, but these people should really be wearing a mask.

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Andy Joseph
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Ok trail. Sandy at bottom of hill. Beginning near dam is rocky with not many posted signs as multiple trails converge. Second half at peak much better. $5 parking fee on weekends

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Javier Gonzalez
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Erin Jackson
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$5 parking fee. Worth it. Ask someone how to get to the pond and “waterfall” - I walked over to that (5 min walk) before starting my main hike. This full 4.1 mile hike was difficult for me as a new hiker but I did it! Follow the all trails map above as there are several different trails at this park. There are mini peaks along the route with great views if you want to shorten the hike. I encourage you to keep going to the American flag peak and finally Robber’s Roost peak! Huzzah! You will feel so good on your way down. Bring lots of water. Also, I started at 10:45 and was down the mountain at 12:30. WAY too hot for me. I recommend getting there at 8 and getting down the mountain before 11. Rattlesnakes come out at noon. Good luck! (P.S. you can listen to most of the Hamilton soundtrack while on this hike, so download that too.)

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Jonathan Yang
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Trail nicely kept

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Ryan Lindsey
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Valerie Ng
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Tommy Kitty
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Really great hike! Unfortunately due to the virus, the regular parking area is closed off. So if you don't mind parking and walking a bit farther to get to the trail entrance, it really is worth it. Had chosen to go when it was a little cloudy and it was a perfect choice since there is no shady areas. Also, I know a lot of people hate seeing trash as much as I do, so please please please secure anything loose and that is trash in your pockets and or backpack.

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Freshta Madrid
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It’s the Costa Rica of Orange County.

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Alex Elson
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Great little hike! As far as orange county hikes are concerned, it's one of the better ones. Some good views and not super crowded since parking lots are shut down due to covid 19.

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Octavio Belmont
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