Hiking The Santiago Peak / Maple Springs
The 12th most popular hiking trail in California.
Tuesday 16 August 2016 03:02 GMT
Northeast of Newport and Laguna Hills, a scenic 14 mile route up Santiago Peak combines Maple Springs Road with Main Divide Road.
To reach the trailhead from Newport, head northeast on SR 55 and exit east onto Chapman Road (aka Santiago Canyon). Proceed on from a dozen miles and turn left on Silverado Canyon Road (aka Maple Springs Road) and park at the gated end.
Continue hiking up the road to the intersection with Main Divide Road, and turn right towards Santiago Peak.
Note, there is an unmaintained trail called Santiago Peak Trail that also runs up to the summit.
Overall, Santiago Peak / Maple Springs is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Santiago Peak / Maple Springs including San Juan Trail, Trabuco Canyon - West Horse Thief Trails and North Hills Trail.