Main Divide Truck Trail to Santiago Peak [CLOSED]

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Cleveland National Forest

Main Divide Truck Trail to Santiago Peak [CLOSED] is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,690 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

views

wildlife

closed

no shade

As of June 10, 2019, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

ohv/off road driving
closed
Mon May 27 2019

closed because mud slide risks from the vegetation loss and erosion after last year's fires. it's a bummer:this particular trail wasn't marked closed. Ranger was quite helpful but didn't have alot of options.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Apr 24 2018

Gate was finally open to Santiago peak but there was a mountain bike race so we had to pull over a bunch of times to let the bicycle riders go by...

ohv/off road driving
Thu Apr 12 2018

Trail was confusing only because from the turn off from highway 74 (Ortega) about a quarter mile up the road, it drops to what I assume to be 1 lane. Once you’re off cement, and in the dirt the trail, it’s big enough for just 1 vehicle in 1 direction for the most part. That was the confusing part. Absolutely no way could another truck or Jeep be coming down while you were going up (or visa versa) as the room to backup or pull off is completely not feasible to the average off roader. Not on this trail in my opinion. Luckily, when I reached the end, it seemed to dead end and T off with the left option having a closed gate and the option to go right looked soooo small and not like a truck trail, I had no choice but to turn around and go the way I came. Luckily I was the only vehicle up there cause meeting face to face would have sucked. The trail and scenery are cool and I would do it again if I knew for sure wtf was going on or how that trail operates but until then, I won’t be going back and suggest that any amateur driver stay clear. You can roll down the side of the mountain at any given time. So I recommend only 4x4’s go up.

Wed Mar 23 2016

It's not a real challenging trail but it has some obstacles and the views from the top are beautiful!

ohv/off road driving
Thu Oct 08 2015

If you live in socal and need to test your off-road vehicle.....then this is it. From Rocky climbs to tight turns and bumps that make you think, how will I get through here. It's s great drive to get away from the rush.

hiking
8 months ago

ohv/off road driving
Thu Feb 15 2018

hiking
Mon Nov 06 2017

ohv/off road driving
Sun Jul 02 2017

ohv/off road driving
Wed Jan 04 2017

Mon Mar 28 2016

ohv/off road driving
Sat Oct 31 2015

ohv/off road driving
Sat Oct 24 2015