How To Have The Ultimate Road Trip To Modjeska Peak

Modjeska Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.680m (5,511ft) above the sea level, located in Orange County, in the U.S. state of California.

Modjeska Peak

Can you drive to Modjeska Peak in California?

The road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Harding Truck Trail. This is a fairly simple trail, though narrow with some loose, uneven surfaces. Most SUVs or trucks could drive the trail with no problem. Located to the north of Santiago Peak, the trail is often muddy with the melted snow and any additional rain during this season.

How long is the road to Modjeska Peak in California?

Starting from Modjeska Canyon, the road to the summit is 17km (10.6 miles) long. To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 1 and 2 hours. The peak was named after the famous Shakespearian actor, Helena Modjeska. She passed in Newport Beach in 1909.

Is the road to Modjeska Peak in California open?

Set high in the Santa Ana Mountains, within the Cleveland National Forest, the road is subject to closure depending on weather and fire danger level. Snow is fairly common above the 4000' line in winter. Remember it can get very hot in the summer.

Is Modjeska Peak in California worth it?

Tucked away in the southern part of California, the drive offers stunning views. The summit is the second highest point in Orange County and gives views of the northern Santa Ana summits such as Bald Peak and Bedford Peak. On a clear day, the visibility includes the ocean, Mt. Baldy, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio and more.

Pic: Hristo Chilov