90 miles with 7,800 feet of climbing
18 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing on dirt
Dana Point - Santiago Peak - Dana Point • Climbs
Dana Point - Santiago Peak - Dana Point • Description
This out-and-back multi-surface ride starts in Dana Point and leads to Santiago Peak, at 5,689 feet the highest point in Orange County (Santiago Peak and Modjeska Peak are also known as Saddleback Mountain).
After leaving Dana Point, the route follows Pacific Coast Highway and then turns onto Crown Valley Parkway followed by Alicia Parkway. Aliso Creek Trail leads all the way to Cook's Corner. Santiago Canyon Road and Silverado Canyon Road continue on to the base of the climb.
At the Silverado Canyon gate, Maple Springs Road starts. The first three miles are paved and cross a few streams. At a switchback, Maple Springs Road turns into a dirt road and continues on until it joins Main Divide Road at Four Corners. Main Divide Road climbs to the southwestern ridge of Modjeska Peak (very rough), then it descends to the saddle and continues on up to Santiago Peak (very rough).
The ride back follows the same route.
Dana Point - Santiago Peak - Dana Point • Interactive Map
Dana Point - Santiago Peak - Dana Point • Pictures
Main Divide Road
View of Inland Empire
View of Orange County
Near Four Corners
Maple Springs Road (Dirt Section)
Maple Springs Road (Paved Section)
Bart B., John L., and I started this ride. Bart paced us to the end of the pavement, and John and I continued to Santiago Peak on our road bikes.
On the descent, I flatted a few times and ran out of spare tubes and CO2 cartridges. When I had to start patching and using the mini pump, I decided to put on a new tire (my tires were worn and I was going to replace them anyway after the ride). Tim P., owner of Switchback Cyclery in Orange, passed us on his motor bike and helped with CO2. With the new tire, I made it down the mountain without further incidents.
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries
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