Santiago Canyon Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length15.9 miElevation gain2,791 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Getting There

Turn around at Old Camp (stream) for the full distance and elevation. Mountain bikers frequent this trail, and not all follow the trail rules, so be careful if you are hiking.

Parking is tricky, there are a couple spots north of the trailhead.

From Interstate 5, take El Toro Road (which becomes Santiago Canyon Rd) east for approximately 8.9 miles (avoiding toll roads) and turn right onto Modjeska Grade Road. This right hand turn is located about 1.3 miles past the Live Oak Canyon Rd (also known as Cook's Corner). Once on this road, its just 0.25-0.5 miles to the trailhead. You will see the gate entrance on the right side of the road.

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Scot Daniels
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Mountain biking

Nice ride, made it to the stream crossing

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Andrew Hewitt
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best part for hikers is second half after the flags as the bikers seen to go down and on a different trail. I was almost knocked down by a biker going extremely fast. so much for sharing the trail. many of the bikers were oblivious to me hiking.

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Timothy Timothy Moore
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tommy flores
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HikingGreat!

this route starts on paved and takes you to the fire road. over 3 1/2 miles in and fire road turns to "single trail". there are many off trail hills while on the fire road. Always keep ears & eyes on alert for MTB. you are exposed to sun, keep that in mind. Decent views to the city and mountains. do expect to log in more miles then what alltrails claims.

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Addy Brongo
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Hiking

First 3 miles on the truck trail aren't bad. When it turns into the smaller trail, make sure you are listening for mountain bikers, they can come up pretty fast. When you get to the "end" of the trail according to the AllTrails map (a fork in the road), take the small trail to the left and it will take you down to Old Camp and a little creek which is a nice lunch spot. Start early to avoid the heat and the mountain biker rush.

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John Mullaney
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Muhammad Shoaib
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Hiking

Moderate. Lots of gravel and small rocks

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Pedram Mizani
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No issues. Great hike and fantastic views

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Dalton Simmons
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Make sure you have enough water if it is a hot day because you will need it. Took this trail almost to the top of Santiago. Overall nice trail. Little shade and a lot of mountain bikers.

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Angie Lira
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Beautiful trail. Great place to hike.

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Michael Rey
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Made the mistake of not paying attention and thinking this would take us to Santiago Peak. Nope. It ends at a flat piece of land near a stream called Old Camp. If you want to hike to the peak you need to get down by the stream, hike past swarms of gnats and through a TON of poison ivy. It will also add around 2500 more feet of elevation over at least 2.5-3 miles adding about 6 more miles to this trip. We were the only hikers today, saw 2 other couples running and the rest were all groups of off road bikers. You will be having to stop and get out the way the entire hike; we had to politely and rightfully so, move for over 60 bikers today. Side note; TICKS. We pulled off quite a few from socks today; thank god they didn’t get to our skin. If you hike to the peak, you will need a FULL DAY of provisions. Parking is down off the side of the road by the stop sign then about a half mile up the road is the actual trail head. The trail map starts at the bottom stop sign and includes the road. Happy trekking.

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Andrew Schrock
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HikingWashed out

Fun trail, lots of variety of views (north and south) and vegetation. As others have noted, it’s popular with bikers, but as long as you stay off the Luge trail you should be fine. Park on side of road at junction of Santiago and modjeska grade.

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Taj Lane
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It's great. Don't listen to the comment about it being overgrown. it's easy to get through hiking.

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Julie Mataya
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The trail is very narrow in most areas and currently overgrown which is inviting a lot of bees. There are a lot of mountain bikes and the extremely narrow trail can make it difficult to make room for them to pass. I'd recommend more for bikes than hikers.

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Amy Todd
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Kristina Naef
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Great trail for wildflowers in the spring! Had to park at the bottom of Modjeska Road and walk up to the trailhead. Amazing views pretty much the whole time with beautiful wildflowers and butterflies everywhere! Some slightly challenging inclines here and there, which kept it interesting and fun. We didn’t do the whole 15 miles, but turned back about one third of the way since it was getting pretty hot and we were low on water. Definitely bring lots of water and some snacks. Overall great hike!

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Katie Rice
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Bring at least 2 to 3 liters of water. Lots of mountain bikers but usually not a problem so long as you’re listening for them.

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Mitch Motta
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Well Santiago Peak is not Closed after all. The Holy Jim Trail yes is closed. But I parked off a side road at Trabuco Canyon and hiked up a different trail. Was tough but mission complete.

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Michael Hornak
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Great views today. Right temperature. Great for 8 miler with golden retriever

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Keona Leilani Holford
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Hiking

Awesome trails!! Sad we didn't get to trek them all before the trail park closed.

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Parisa D
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Beautiful

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Steve Robinson
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This was part of a 14 mile hike that I completed on Sunday, 2/29/16. I started at the staging/parking area for Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park, located off of Glenn Ranch Road. I hiked through WRWP (up Dreaded Hill Road to Four Corners, down Cactus Hill Trail, up Vulture View Road to the Santiago Equestrian Center}, followed Santiago Canyon Road to Modjeska Grade Road, then Santiago Truck Trail to the Luge Trail, down the Luge to Live Oak Canyon Road, then to the Aliso Creek Bikeway, right on Glenn Ranch Road, and back to the staging/parking area. Note that when hiking, listen for mountain bikers and be prepared to get out of the way quickly... especially along the Luge Trail as they come up from behind fast and furiously on the downhill singletrack.

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jeff breit
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Hiking

Completed the trail to Old Camp from here..Nice hike..lots of mountain bikers. Had to watch my footing...Not a very well maintained trail..Lots of "ankle breakers" out there...

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G C
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This is not a beginners ride. It starts out all nice and easy , then the climb. followed by some exciting down hill sections, the wide fire road shrinks to a single track with blind turns drop offs, exposed roots and rocks. its one of the best trail rides around. Make sure you bring a couple extra inner tubes .

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Dan Oakland
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Mountain biking

This is technically the "Santiago Truck Trail" hike to Old Camp. Some pictures attached to this link are of Whiting Ranch. "Vulture Crags" is and older name for what Mountain Bikers refer to as "The Luge." The start of the Luge is marked by a small hill with a U.S. Flag on it. If you went right here, the Luge ends at Live Oak Canyon Rd, where you would make another right and go down a street for ~1 mile to Cook's Corner - a local motorcycle bar/restaurant. Please bear in mind that this is probably the most highly trafficked mountain bike trail in all of Orange County. I wouldn't recommend hiking down the Luge as it is narrow and very heavily ridden at speed. Before the flag almost 100% of the riders will be going in your same direction, and the majority will head down the Luge. After the flag you will see fewer bikers, but those you'll see will be surprised to see hikers and they will be coming in both directions.

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Patrick Rossi
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Hiking

Began trail at 7:15am on a bright Saturday morning with temp at 62degF. Past two fellow hikers about 10 minutes in and never saw any other hikers until entering the Old Camp descent. However was overtook dozen of times by mountain bikers, probably 30, in groups of two to six. Gave them wide berth (and they were appreciative too) so they could pass unimpeded. Conditions were a bit dusty but not too bad - flies were more of a bother than the dust. So many flowers in bloom there was always a constant buzz of bees though they were not a nuisance. Took four hours (w/ 30mins of stopping) to get to Old Camp where I met two guys coming out. The one said this was his third time to Old Camp and he had never seen another hiker in this far. The trip out took three hours even with several rest breaks. Took 2liters of water with me and could have used another 1/2 liter - by the time I returned to my car the temp was 82 degF.

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Shaun Harvey
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Mountain biking

Very challenging on the climb. Hour and half up to the US flag peak. 20 minutes down. Be mindful if your not riding a full suspension bike there is a section of down hill on the eastside of the mountain before the flag pole lots of loose rock.. watch your speed it gets hairy. but an awesome rush none the less. from the pole you can hit the fork to rockit or continue on to hidin camp.

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Dan S
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The trail is still in good shape. There was water in the stream at Old Camp (8 miles in). Again I hiked the trail with GPS enabled, and it is 16 miles on the dot, and 4,400' elevation for the loop (if you take the extra little hills). About 5 hours of actual walking, but extend time for breaks. About 3.3 miles in to stand under the flag.

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