Santiago Peak 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 ohv/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.

Length17.2 miElevation gain4,773 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingohv / off road drivingRockyNo shadeFee
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$5 Adventure pass needed: https://www.fs.usda.gov/cleveland/

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Raffaele Pazzaglia
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The trail is closed.

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Kathy O'Connor-Phelps
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Hiking

This is a review to the peak via Joplin. Unfortunately via Holy Jim is still closed. This is my 2nd time bagging this peak in 4 months. First time I hit up Modjeska Peak first then shot over to Santiago. Unless you want to say you bagged two peaks in one day, I would skip Modjeska (no sign at the top of that one btw). This route is NOT easy. Most of ascent is up hill. Coming down was miserable - horrible trail conditions it's obviously not maintained because it's not accessed much this way. Once you hit the fire road there is a side trail you can take up to Santiago so you don't have to be in the sun on the fire road to the top. We ended up coming down the fire road which was nice change. Bring plenty of water and snacks and be prepared for a very long day. Now that I have bagged Mount Whitney & this peak twice, I have a whole new respect for this hike & this would be GREAT training for Whitney. Parking is along the dirt road. You do not need a 4-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle the road is not that bad just take it slow. Not sure if you're even supposed to park where we did, but I've parked there twice and had no issues - I did put my Adventure Pass in my window just in case.

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Derrick Hall
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Karen Nowak
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OHV/Off-road driving

Gate at Santiago peak was closed.

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Alan Krupa
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OHV/Off-road driving

It was open as of 01/17/18. 4 stars because it was cloudy. Trail was phenomenal I hope to 5 star it when I come back with family.

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Audy Moonsapha
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OHV/Off-road driving

Trail Closed.

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Donovan Brown
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Rand Closed. Permit only

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Brett Olson
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OHV/Off-road driving

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!

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Shane Pangle
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OHV/Off-road driving

Trail is currently closed

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

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Jose Perez
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OHV/Off-road driving

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.

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Mason Smith
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OHV/Off-road driving

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

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Mike Zunker
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OHV/Off-road driving

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.

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Kenny Vila
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OHV/Off-road driving

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!

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Wes Ritner
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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.

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Frank Sanchez
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OHV/Off-road driving

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

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Jerry Hildeman
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OHV/Off-road driving

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

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Jeremy Hong
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OHV/Off-road driving

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.

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Joseph Catino
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Pretty good driving trail. Great scenic view of the surrounding mountains. Camped over the weekend at Blue Jay Campground near the trail.

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Brady Vestal
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Hiking
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Melinda J.
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Chris Hazel
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Nguyen Nguyen
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Mark Grabowski
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Kenny Vila
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Troy Lunn
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OHV/Off-road driving
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