Santiago Ranch Road

Lake Forest, California 92630

Elevation Gain379ft
Trailhead Elevation1,340ft
Elevation Min/Max1211/1388ft
Elevation Start/End1340/1340ft

Santiago Ranch Road

Santiago Ranch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake Forest, California. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 379 feet. This trail connects with the following: Sleepy Hollow Trail and Cactus Hill Trail.

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Afoot & Afield: Orange County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"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."
"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."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County (Falcon Guides)
Randy Vogel
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"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."

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Trail Information

Lake Forest
Nearby City
Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park 714-831-2174
Local Contacts
USGS Santiago Peak
Local Maps