Santiago Peak [CLOSED] is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lake Elsinore, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

17.2 miles
4,773 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash


off road driving


Saddleback Mountain, also known as Santiago Peak, is an intense 15 mile out and back trail with steep inclines and phenomenal city views, with enough challenges to push yourself to the limit. At almost 6,000 elevation, the peak is the highest point in Orange County, offering incredible views that span from Catalina Island to Orange and Riverside counties.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail Closed.

2 months ago

Rand Closed. Permit only

off road driving
6 months ago

I wanted to take the kids "off- roading." It was a fun, easy trip in my Land Cruiser! Not too technical but you will get brush tattoos in some of the narrow spots!

off road driving
8 months ago

Trail is currently closed

10 months ago

Nice trail some real rocky areas don't try this trail without four wheel drive.

off road driving
10 months ago

Good off road Trail. The view from the peak is good on a clear day. Some hikers every now and then but mostly desolate. Needed 4wheel drive on the steep uphills because of traction but that was the only places.

off road driving
Monday, November 28, 2016

Killer views in all directions, a bit rocky coming up to the top, with a cliff on the side but other then that awesome trail

off road driving
Monday, November 21, 2016

Silverado C1500
285 Kumho Road Ventures

It was a nice trail. It was mostly just a poorly maintained road and the affore mentioned Civic could handle most of it... most not all. There were a couple inclines that were rain damaged and deep holes from previous attempts. Not many though.

I will need to go back because the advise to go on a very clear morning is very good advise.

off road driving
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Not the trail for you If you're afraid of your vehicle getting scratches. I have encountered 3-4 spots that were badly washed out along the way but nothing a 4x4 Tacoma can't handle. Happy off roading!

Friday, March 04, 2016

I did this one a few months ago. The landscape is not all that exciting, and I'm not a big fan of runs/hikes on trails that feature man-made structures such as radio towers at the top.

Friday, December 04, 2015

pretty cool for off roading, mountain biking, quading and dirt bike riding. recommend to start your off road experience from the Indian truck trail. once you get near the top you have the option to continue or keep off roading. try going on a clear day. you can see all the way to LA.

off road driving
Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Had a good time. Went the morning it rained so found a little mud after checking out the radio towers. Easy course but always fun when you can find some mud to play in

off road driving
Monday, July 20, 2015

A drive up for the most part but lots of views from the radio infested location.

off road driving
Friday, May 29, 2015

I started at Indian truck trail entry point to my ascent up to the peak. It's a fun trail. Not difficult at all. The towers are cool to visit and the view is spectacular.

off road driving
Sunday, July 07, 2013

This is a nice trail to just get away. Not that hard to drive but very dusty in the summer.

off road driving
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Pretty good driving trail. Great scenic view of the surrounding mountains. Camped over the weekend at Blue Jay Campground near the trail.

3 months ago

off road driving
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

off road driving
Saturday, July 23, 2016

off road driving
Tuesday, September 30, 2014