Friday, March 21, 2014

Robbers Peak

Hiked: 3/21/2014
Distance: 3.8 miles round trip on trail
Summit Elevation: 1152'
Prominence: 174'
Elevation Gain: 862'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.68
Round trip time: 1 hour
Recommended water: 32 oz.
Parking/Fees: $3 OC Parks
Difficulty: Easy

Robber's Peak is in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Anaheim Hills. It only has 174 feet of prominence, a slight rise at the east end of the park before another cluster of suburban homes. On the way to the park, Windes Drive narrows uncomfortably, but there was little traffic today. An automated gate greets you before the parking area, forcing you to pay the $3 entrance fee. The nature center was nice and there are plenty of restrooms at the trailhead. As in most of the OC regional parks, there is a maze of trails that criss cross the park. As long as you head east, any combination of trails will get you to Robbers Peak. I tried the most direct route I could find, but after the fact, it looks like there was a shorter way:

Santiago Creek Trail
Left on Wilderness Trail
Left on Peralta Hills Trail
Left on Anaheim Hills Trail

I jogged some of the downhills, getting up and back in one hour. This completed my Orange County peakbagger list of everything >250'. Aces!

Santiago Oaks Nature Center

Approaching Robbers Peak

Summit boulder, easy peasy

Looking back into the park from Robbers Peak

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