Santiago Peak

San Clemente, California 92674

Santiago Peak

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"To the American Indians, it was Kalawpa (“a wooded place”), the lofty resting place of the deity Chiningchinish. Early settlers and surveyors named it variously Mount Downey, Trabuco Peak, Temescal Mountain, and Santiago Peak. Finally, mapmakers decided on the name that eventually stuck: Santiago. Today’s bulldozerscraped summit overrun with telecommunications antennae hardly pays sufficient homage to the peak’s historic and scenic values. Witness, for example, this record of its first documented ascent in 1853, by a group of lawmen pursuing horse thieves up a canyon from the east:"

Santiago Peak Trip Reports

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Absolutely stunning views, perfect weather nearly year round, and a decent work out if you do the whole thing. It's nice to finish the hike along the beach, but beware of black's beach. Lot's of naked dudes walking around..
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Trail Information

San Clemente
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
16
Distance
3,950 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
Duration
October–May
Season
Santa Ana Mountains
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Santiago Peak
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