Santiago Peak

Santiago Peak, a scenic SUV road in California

Santiago Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.734m (5,689ft) above the sea level, located on the boundary between Orange and Riverside counties in the southern portion of the U.S. state of California.

Is the road to Santiago Peak in California paved?

Set high in the Santa Ana Mountains within the Cleveland National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called Main Divide Truck Trail. This is a fairly simple trail, though narrow with some loose, uneven surfaces. Your stock 4WD should do a good job here. Most SUVs or trucks could drive the trail with no problem. It’s subject to closure depending on weather and fire danger level.

Is the road to Santiago Peak in California worth it?

Tucked away in Southern California, on a clear day, when you reach Santiago Peak, you will have views clear out to the ocean (sometimes even Catalina Island) and all the way out to the San Jacinto mountains and Orange and Riverside counties at the same time. The top of the peak is crowned with many microwave and telecommunication antennas. The peak is frequently referred to as Saddleback Mountain by locals. It’s named after Santiago Creek.

Is the road to Santiago Peak in California steep?

The road to the summit is very steep, hitting a 22% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Ortega Highway, the ascent is 24.94km (15.5 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.006 meters. The average gradient is 4.03%.
Pic: Joel Sartain

 

 

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