|Typically Open:||Year Round|
(EASY - MODERATE)
|Highest Elevation:||5689 feet|
|Duration:||About 3 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Lake Elsinore|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Mission Viejo|
|Official Road Name:||3S04|
|Management Agency:||Cleveland National Forest|
|District:||Trabucco Ranger District|
The trail is currently closed due to the Holy Fire. This can last years, so please plan accordingly. This local overland getaway is a great goto for people that live in Orange County and Riverside area. The trails are not known for a challenge but for the amazing views of all of Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside County. On top of that, there are many great spots to stop which are perfect to relax and get away from the hectic city life.
Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 12" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 12" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 24" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep.Read more about our rating system
The Trail starts on the north side of the road and quickly turns around the hill side.
Stay left on Main Divide Trail to continue to Santiago Peak. Right takes you down 5S01 - Indian Truck Trail to Corona.
You will cross a wooded area that wasn't effected by the fires. This area is Bear Springs and is also the top of Trabuco Canyon aka Holy Jim Canyon. There is a hiking trail on the lower side of the road that will take you all the way to Trabuco Canyon aka Holy Jim Canyon. Along the route there is a large waterfall which is one of the tallest waterfalls in the U.S. (when water is actually flowing).
The highest point in Orange County and easily the best view. There is no wonder why people travel this road all the way up to Santiago Peak on a regular basis. I personally recommend doing an evening run up the mountain and watching the sunset. If you continue on the trail, it takes you down the west side via 3S04 - Main Divide Mid to either Bedford Canyon or Corona Maple Springs / Silverado Canyon Bedford Canyon / Corona The 2nd and 3rd photo are part of a 360 degree view of the area which is continued on waypoint 5.
Remaining 360 degree view of the highest point in Orange County.
If you continue past the highest point and down the slightly difficult trail which should only be attempted in 4x4's with moderate articulation, is this great lookout point. The area is large enough where you can easily fit 10+ vehicles in that spot. Many people use this area to enjoy a meal and have an unobstructed view of the ocean or sunset. From this spot you can see all the way to LA and Southern Orange County
Starting Point: Silverado Canyon, CA
The trail does not have any popular dispersed camping areas along it. If you are looking to dispersed camp, I would recommend heading up to Saddleback and camping near the radio towers. The areas are small and only support a couple vehicles. All three Ranger Districts offer remote camping, also known as “dispersed camping”, where camping outside of developed campgrounds is an option. Please note: wood or charcoal fires are never allowed outside of developed campgrounds or picnic sites in the Cleveland National Forest, but portable stoves or lanterns that use gas, kerosene, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel are permitted unless elevated fire conditions prohibit their use in identified locations. Descanso - permit required for areas outside of the Laguna Recreation Area. (619-445-6235) or click here Descanso Ranger District Palomar - no permit required, contact District Office for desirable locations. (760-788-0250) or click here Palomar Ranger District Trabuco - allowable only in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, permit required. (951-736-1811) or click here Trabuco Ranger District