USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Orange County, about 11 miles south of Corona, 58 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, Orange County
- Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
- USGS Topo: Santiago Peak 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Santiago Peak
From Santiago Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
- Distance: 2 miles one way on road and trail
- Gain: 500'
- Time: 3/4 hour one way
- Rating: Class 1
Original: Charlie Knapke, September 1991
DRIVING ROUTE 1
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the summit of Santiago Peak, hike down
the road about 0.25 mile
to a junction with the Main Divide road. Turn right (east, towards
Holy Jim trail) and go a short distance to where the road widens at
- An unsigned and not very obvious trail leaves the road on the left.
Shortly the trail becomes more obvious.
Note: This trail can become overgrown if not maintained regularly.
- Follow this trail northwest to saddle 4988' where the trail meets the
Main Divide road, then continues to the right of the road.
- Continue on the "Modjeska Peak trail" for about 0.5 mile to a
junction with an old road.
- Turn right (northeast) on the road and follow it to the summit. It
saves some distance to shortcut the road, taking a use trail on the
right (east) of the road which runs northeast to the summit.
Alternate (avoiding the trail): Turn left (northwest) on the Main
Divide road and follow it for about 3/4 mile to saddle 4988', then
continue about 3/4 mile to a junction with an old road going to the
Follow the old road to the summit, or take the use trail shortcut.
The direct route from saddle 4988 to the summit is (obviously)
If you return to Santiago Peak, there is 700' gain.
If you return to the road going to Holy Jim Trail, it's 450' gain.