Distance: 18 miles round trip on dirt road (from Maple Springs Road)
Summit Elevation: 5689'
Elevation Gain: 2721'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 2.17
Round trip time: 6 hours
Recommended water: 128 oz.
Parking/Fees: Adventure Pass
Santiago is the highest peak in Orange County, CA, and the highest of the two peaks called Saddleback (the other being Modjeska). Because of the distance and mild grades on the road, the elevation was hardly noticeable. The peak is crammed full of radio towers and equipment so you can't get a panoramic view. It was satisfying to climb it because I see this mountain every day on my commute.
Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail
Santiago Peak via Telephone Ridge