Sitton Peak Trail

Cleveland National Forest, California

Distance4.2mi
Elevation Gain1,981ft
Trailhead Elevation2,753ft
Top3,091ft
Elevation Min/Max2455/3091ft
Elevation Start/End2753/2753ft

Sitton Peak Trail

Sitton Peak Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest and San Mateo Canyon Wilderness. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 2,753 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,981 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bear Ridge Trail, Verdugo Trail and Sitton Peak Access Trail.

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"From below, Sitton Peak—a bump atop the rambling Santa Ana Mountains— looks imposing. On the summit, though, you feel decidedly on top of the world. When an east or north wind blows, cleansing the sky of water vapor and air pollution, 50-mile vistas in every direction are not uncommon. You must get a wilderness permit to camp overnight within the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness that encompasses most of this hike."
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"Head up the Bear Canyon Trail which climbs through the San Mateo Wilderness, a mixture of beautiful brush-strewn hillsides, streams, rolling lands nestled between coastal canyons, and old crisscrossed truck roads. The route ascends through low-lying coastal chaparral and meadows, passes a wonderfully wooded oak glen called Pigeon Springs, and eventually meets up with an intersection of trails called Four Corners before turning to ascend Sitton Peak."
Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"From below, Sitton Peak looks unimposing— a mere bump on a rambling ridge—despite its distinction as one of the highest points in the Santa Ana Mountains south of Ortega Highway. On the summit, though, the feeling is decidedly “top of the world.” When an east or north wind blows, cleansing the sky of water vapor and air pollution, vistas may extend 50 miles or more in every direction."

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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Santa Ana Mountains
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Sitton Peak
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