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Get there before 8 am., dry, hot and a constant grade up. View of valley floor from Orange to Mission Viejo. Mountain bikers flew down this trail, struggled going up.

Did Holy Jim on a hot day. Tough one with the heat.

My directions are online if you want some visuals in addition to the AllTrails track.

https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/hiking-orange-county/saddleback-mountain-hike-santiago-peak/

Extremely beautiful. The hike from the parking lot till the point you turn into the Red Rock trial is shady with lots of trees. Once you reach the Red Rock trail there's is few trees for the next mile or so. Definitely worth it.

off road driving
12 days ago

off road driving
13 days ago

Heavily populated point to point trail. Watch out for poison oak.

off road driving
19 days ago

Drove in my BMW and I never seen so many jeep drivers turn their head all in one direction...

1st two miles is the Holy Jim Trail and then there is a sign to the falls or Great Divide Road. You take the Great Divide Road to the peak. Peak is OK. Good views one way but there's something about hiking to a summit ot look at radio, tv, cell towers that makes the effort a little sad! :-) the top 1/2 of the hike has little shade and it gets hot in the canyon. the last mile or so is on a dirt road which I'm also not found of. Saw almost no one on the trail, I think 4 people all day. If you don't have time to drive to the mountains and want a good workout this is a good option but because of the items I have mentioned it's just not my kind of hike.

July 2017
Defiently warmer weather around this time. Second time here, total 7.10 miles. From the lot, took it up straight, hung a left up another trail to reach the dead end with a nice bench, gives you a lovely view of red rock and the city. Back down hang a left and walk the creek which is all rock. Take it all the way and you'll hit your destination. Be warned, there are many MANY snakes!