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

3.8/5 (24 reviews)
Lake Elsinore, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 08/08/2022
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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 (24 reviews)
Status: 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.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 02/25/2022

Locked tight
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 01/30/2022

Closed and gate locked.
Trail Review: 3S04 - Main Divide South - Santiago Peak (aka Saddleback Mountain) - George Deyarmond
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 1/5
Visited: 01/23/2022

Closed
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
90900
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/31/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The trail has been reopened per forest website

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