Santiago Ranch Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Yesteryear, Old Camp was a popular rendezvous point for hunting parties using the Joplin Trail between Rose Canyon and Old Saddleback. The camp and trail fell into obscurity for decades, but mountain bikers and backpackers have revitalized the trail and camp. It is well worth the daylong hike if the weather is cool. In late fall, the maples put on quite a show; by winter or early spring, the adjoining creek, screened by alders, bubbles with a delightfully pure flow of water."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press).
"Modjeska Canyon is another of Orange County's cozy riparian valleys. It is named for Helena Modjeska-a Polish immigrant actress who found success on the American stage."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Don Douglass, Mountain Biking Southern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
"The Santiago Trail is an eight-mile fire road that parallels Santiago Canyon on the western slope of the Santa Ana Mountains. The ridgeline road connects the Modjeska Grade Road to the upper reaches of Santiago Canyon at Old Camp, a flat, grassy area in a maple and oak woodland with a seasonal creek. This hike follows the first three miles of the dirt road, straddling the south ridge of Santiago Canyon to picturesque Vulture Crags. The eroding conglomerate rock cliffs were once a nesting site for the endangered California condors."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Orange County (Day Hike Books).
"Although the Santiago Trail leads 8.0 miles to Old Camp in the upper reaches of Modjeska (Santiago) Canyon, this hike only proceeds up the first 2.5 miles. From the high turnaround point you will enjoy sweeping views out toward the San Joaquin Hills near Laguna Beach and into the wild upper reaches of Modjeska Canyon."
--Randy Vogel, Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County (Falcon Guides).
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