3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain)

3.8/5 (26 reviews)
Lake Elsinore, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 12/19/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The trail is currently closed due to the Holy Fire. This can last years, so please plan accordingly. When traveling to Santiago Peak (Saddleback Mountain) expect a very bumpy trail with lots of articulation spots. The trail has many small to medium rocks and holes scattered throughout the trail. In some spots these rocks are up to 6 inches sticking out of the ground while the articulation spots may require you to undo your sway bars to make it up the hills. All the play areas have been closed over the last few years leaving only the trail.

The trail is currently closed due to the Holy Fire. This can last years, so please plan accordingly.

Trail Reviews

3.8/5 (26 reviews)
Temporary Closure
Visited: 11/19/2022

Gate at waypoint 1 locked tight.
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

High rating just due to the easy access close to home. If I ever install any new gear on my truck this is where I go test it out. Tried out my new bike rack here where I drove a bit fast to sandbag it, tested the new lift kit here, and hell I'll probably test my new wife.. here (jokes). Some cool offshoots to try out if you are new to offroading as well so you can choose and pick your adventure. Also prepare to see some normies in their road tires here trying to get to the top of Santiago Peak, just make sure to drive fast so you don't get stuck helping the Mercedez SUV with street tires out... Good spot to just come for a day if you don't want to commit to driving out of the LA BASIN...
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/09/2022

Great place for locals as well as folks from a far. Panoramic views in every direction in many spots. Best views from Santiago Peak. Been through many times from various directions in truck, suv, mtb, etc... There are some steep sections in this stretch with loose rocks that may be challenging without 4wd.
Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/25/2022

Locked tight
Temporary Closure
Visited: 01/30/2022

Closed and gate locked.
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain) - George Deyarmond

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