Sitton Peak Truck Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3,507 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: The parking area for this trail is closed due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Parking is located directly across the Ortega Oaks Candy Store in the San Juan Loop parking lot. You will need an Adventure Pass ($35 for an annual pass, $5 for a daily pass per vehicle) in order to park in the lot. The Bear Canyon Loop trailhead begins a few yards west of the candy store.

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3 days ago

Beth Butera: parking lot still closed as of today 5/23. We parked on Ortega this morning. Some overgrowth in places but not horrible. I loved this hike. LOVED it. The butt kicker climb to the top was so worth it.

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3 days ago

Wondering if the trail is overgrown and if the parking lot has opened up ? ( 5/23). Thanks

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23 days ago

parking lots are closed but There is parking on Ortega hwy a short walk south of the candy store. Parking is allowed on both sides of the street, there is room for 6-8 cars across the hwy and 4 cars on same side of the street as the trailhead. About 100 yards from TH

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1 month ago

Parking lot closed and all adjacent parking closed as well. Street parking not permitted and is blocked off by cones/tape. The rest is private property. #Covid19

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1 month ago

My 9 year old and I hiked to the summit and back in about 4.5 hours. It is so beautiful and not as hard as I imagined. Summit was steep.

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2 months ago

Underratedly one of the most rewarding views in OC. 10/10 would recommend

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2 months ago

Hike had amazing views on the way up. I couldn’t believe it got even better at the top! The peak has a 360 view of deep mountain ridges. The last .3 miles of the hike was def the toughest. It felt like I was climbing stairs lol. Pack a lot of water. 2 bottles wasn’t enough for me

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

The trail is good, well marked and wide. you are in a fire road for about a mile or so, everything is gradual incline and the n downhill but the last 0.5 miles is uphill and can be challenging. You should wear shoes with a good grip. I didn't encounter bugs or anything.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

I’m in my mid 50’s, have been exploring my local trails lately and wanted to do one that would be a good measure of what I’m realistically cape able of and gain some experience. This trail was perfect for that! It’s pretty well marked but pay attention. It’s a good distance, serious elevation gain with a mix of super easy trails to some pretty crazy climbs near the peak. It’s a work out on the decent as well and if I can give you one piece of advice BRING TREKKING POLES... it’s a hell of a lot easier with them. I drank just over 2 L of water on the round trip and that was with mild weather. Took me almost 2 hours to get to the top, spent an hour there and then an hour and a half to get down.

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fee
3 months ago

Hard at the very end, nice shade. $5 parking fee. Nice to eat lunch at the very top. Took us about 4 hours.

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3 months ago

Easy hike amazing view no complaints was not hard till you reach the last part a little incline but was okey first time and hopefully I will come back again!!!

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muddy
3 months ago

Great trail! Last .3 is a bit challenging for some. Some sections of the trail were a bit muddy but that’s because of the rain the day before. It was a bit windy about 15-20mph the bushes surrounding the trail helped with that. 1.11.2020

moderate hike not hard at all.

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3 months ago

fue una caminata muy buena subir y bajar sin ningún contratiempo el clima estuvo perfecto,

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fee
3 months ago

Great trail, the last .5 miles is a bit of an incline but can be done

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3 months ago

Nice little 10 mile hike. Easy trail, the last .6 to the peak is steep and almost climb like and overgrown. I wouldn’t consider this hard. Took 3 hours round trip from car to peak to car including time on the peak.

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3 months ago

10 mile hike

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3 months ago

i enjoyed this hike, but definitely wouldn't recommend the last 0.3 mi to the summit for anyone who embarked on it without proper, super-grippy hiking boots... that last part is mad sketch (super narrow, bare sandstone or relatively deep wash). take extra care on the hike down. the views are lovely, esp. on a clear day (all the way from camp pendelton to catalina to the OC). it's a nice challenge. definitely works up an appetite for lunch. i would suggest going super early, since the peak itself is super small and gets really crowded with the folks taking photos with the summit sign. also, the final approach doesn't have much shade, and it'll get brutal hot in summer months.

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3 months ago

Nice trail .06 steep scramble to the peak In 7:15am Out 12:11pm Only saw 4 total people on the way out

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