Santiago Canyon Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly 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.
dogs on leash
Santiago Trail is a 15 mile out and back trail located near Silverado, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & trail running. Turn around at Old Camp (stream) for the full distance and elevation. Actual elevation gain is over 4,000' . Mountain bikers frequent this trail, and not all followed the trail rules, so be careful.
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.
Good place to hike and bring the family
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...
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trail becomes a 4 star trail after the flagpole (about 3+ miles in), by then the number of 50mph mountain bikers cuts down and the views become mountainsides rather than tract homes.
You can make this trail as long or short as you want, and there are no steep sections to worry about.
Parking is tricky, but really all it does is add a little distance to the hike.