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Ride from Maple Springs Road (Santiago Canyon) to Santiago Peak (Saddleback)

Old 09-12-15, 11:42 AM
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Ride from Maple Springs Road (Santiago Canyon) to Santiago Peak (Saddleback)

I checked the Google Earth for the trail head Maple Springs Road and the elevation is approximately 1,871 and then the Santiago Peak approximately 5,599 feet. That's 3,728 of climbing.

But I could not find the distance between that trail head and the Peak.

Maybe Pam would know this ride.
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MSR is in Silverado Canyon. You would do well to reach the Maple Springs Visitor center on that one lane road.

To continue on to Santiago Peak is not advisable in weather with possible rain, and even thunderstorms. There are any number of spots that could become closed or blocked with rain, or if there is a brush fire.

Cellphone service is doubtful, ride this with a partner.

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That's right especially now with the high humidity and the chance of showers in mountain areas. Weather patterns are not what they used to be.

I would have to pick a day that's cooler to keep the core temps of my body from draining whatever strength I still have to get to the top.

A cool and dry day.
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Um, it's closed right now. Fire in Silverado last year (started by residential gardening protection) "forced" USFS to close it for one year minimum.
I think it's scheduled to open in a few weeks. We'll see.
I've ridden the ~8 miles to Four Corners many many times on MTB and CX.
I've gone a handful of times all the way to the peak. Only on a MTB, I wouldn't do that on my CX.
Beyond 4C it gets very rocky.
Some people have done it all on road bikes.

I've seen all kinds of weather, from snow all the way from trailhead up to 100 degree days.
The bottom three miles are paved, in poor condition, the steepest parts and about 6 water crossings. Usually dry to an inch or two, but have seen a foot plus, making it very tough to cross.

When it's open, enjoy.
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