Santiago Truck Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Distance8.1mi
Elevation Gain4,378ft
Trailhead Elevation1,648ft
Top3,372ft
Elevation Min/Max1648/3372ft
Elevation Start/End1648/1648ft

Santiago Truck Trail

Santiago Truck Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 8.1 miles long and begins at 1,648 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,378 feet. The Old Camp wood can be seen along the trail. There is also a cliff along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Joplin Truck Trail, Joplin Trail, Vulture Crags Trail and Cadillac Trail.

Santiago Truck Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A fun, high-elevation drive with great views. Before you go, check with the Cleveland N.F., Trabuca R.D. to make sure gate at the bottom of the Indian Truck Trail is open. You could also drive up Indian Truck Trail to check gate. Only licensed vehicles allowed on road. Forest Adventure Pass required if you stop to recreate. Most of the trip is easy, but closer to the top of the peak it gets steep and rocky. Suitable for stock 4x4 SUVs with high ground clearance."

"Located in Santiago Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains within Cleveland National Forest between the cities of Orange and El Toro. Highlights: Fast, fun combination fireroad and singletrack. Old Camp at the top of the ride is rumored to have been an old Native American hunting camp. Hazards: Rattlesnakes and mountain lions."

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11/1/2009
I drove up this trail in my Lexus LS430 sedan! It was a bit sketchy but I was bored and I nearly made it to the top before I got to some large loose rocks that my car couldn't clear. Watch out for dirt bikes flying around blind corners. I nearly crashed into one, and my friend had the same experience on a different occasion.
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5/31/2009
A great ride. Has it all. I am in pretty good shape, and found it to be more than moderate. Over 7 miles, you climb 2,500 feet. Go do it!
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2/27/2008
A Fun day trip for the family - we live at the base of Indian Truck trail and while this is a basic trail by our standards much fun can be had for the family "exploring" the area on foot - there is the "Holy jim trail" as well as Multiple Geocache locations along this trail - our well equipped Jeep thinks we are on a paved road until we get up to Santiago peak where there are a few trails that require a bit of technical driving - the sights are what makes this a great family trail - plan for a day and wear your hiking boots, Hiking/exploring this area will definately add to the fun!
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12/30/2007
Easy, non-technical scenic trail for most stock 2WD or 4WD with over 6-8" of ground clearance. Unfortunately the gate to Santiago Peak was locked so we were not able to continue on to Silverado Canyon on this outing but the vistas still made the trip worthwhile. A word of caution, be on the lookout for dirt bikers, they travel at a much faster speed both up and down the trail. Let's just say that one gentleman riding a KTM enduro probably needed a change of undershorts after our encounter on a blind narrow turn. Sorry!
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8/30/2007
this trail is 2wd capable in most parts except some parts going up hill. many side trails offer wheelers many different challenges. the views are incredable in certain spots.
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7/4/2005
I phoned the Trabuco Ranger District to verify access to the road, and they are all closed. Checking their www site confirms that all roads in this segment of the Cleveland National forest are closed. No opening dates were given..
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6/9/2001
My friend Mike and I gave this one a different twist by starting at Four Corners and riding the pavement up to the Santiago Truck Trail entrance on Modjeska Grade. We had great temperatures and good views with nice trail conditions. Once at Old Camp the bugs were too numerous so we bailed after a small rest to scream back downhill towards Vulture Crags. Grinning ear-to-ear we launched down the too-short mile of The Luge to hit pavement again and race down the pavement to Four Corners. Total miles 16.97, avg spd 7.3 mph, max speed 36.2, total peddling time 2:18:00
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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Parks
Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco District (714) 736-1811
Local Contacts
USGS Santiago Peak; Thomas Brothers, Orange County.
Local Maps

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