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|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Santiago Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 7 miles round trip on road and use trail
- Gain: 2500'
- Time: 3.5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Easy
- Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions
Original: Sandy Sperling Lara, December 2010
DRIVING ROUTE 4
- From the intersection of SR 55 (Costa Mesa Freeway) and Chapman
Avenue in the City of Orange, go east on Chapman and then
southeast on Santiago Canyon Road (S18) to Silverado Canyon Road.
- Drive east 5.7 miles to a Forest Service
gate. If the gate is open, pass through the gate, note your odometer,
and go as follows:
- Drive 3 miles to the end of the pavement (3 parking spaces).
- High clearance vehicles may go an additional 0.4mi to the hairpin turn where the use trail leaves the road (about 4 parking spaces).
If the Forest Service gate is closed, you may use bicycles to get to the trailhead, noting that there are a few paved stream crossings on the road.
HIKING ROUTE 4
- From the end of the pavement, hike the road 0.4 mile, 150' gain, up to the next hairpin turn (3100').
- Leave the road and ascend the ridge behind the guardrail going south. This use trail crosses the road twice and continues to highpoint of ridge at 4550'.
- From highpoint of ridge, descend use trail on the left (NE) side of ridge to large open area where roads converge (4500').
- Continue east on road (do not follow right fork that goes downhill) through first gate marked Maple Springs Rd.
- A few yards farther, turn right onto CNF 3S04 Modjeska Peak Road (called Main Divide Truck Trail on topo maps).
- Twenty yards after passing though this gate, a use trail continues up on the left. Follow this until it reaches a road.
- Ten yards to your left and across the road is the continuation use trail that goes to Santiago Peak.
- Turn left on the road and continue 30 yards.
- Ascend the firebreak on your right to the summit of Modjeska Peak.
From the summit of Modjeska, you can continue to Santiago Peak (3 miles, 1000' round trip): Descend Modjeska Peak down the firebreak to the road the way you came. Turn left on the use trail, indicated above, that goes to the saddle between Modjeska and Santiago Peaks. The use trail again leaves the road just past the saddle. Follow this until it joins the road, and follow the road to the summit of Santiago Peak.