Modjeska Peak

Modjeska Peak is the slightly lower sister peak to Santiago Peak, which forms the colloquially known "Saddleback" formation. These two high points of the Santa Ana Mountain Range provide panoramic views at a central location in the Los Angeles basin. Despite the appealing views, reaching Modjeska Peak is not an easy feat, as most paths …

Chiquito Basin and the San Juan Trail

Chiquito Basin is a lovely stretch of meadows and woodlands in the Ortega Corridor of the Santa Ana Mountains. The San Juan Trail is a rugged single-track trail that runs from Blue Jay Campground to Highway 74 just east of Caspers Wilderness Park. The trail is quite popular with mountain bikers, but it can still …

Los Pinos and Trabuco Peaks

Looking northLooking southLos Pinos and Trabuco Peaks are two moderate peaks accessible from Main Divide Road in the Santa Ana Mountains. Both peaks sit around 4,500', and, taken together, they present a borderline-strenuous walkabout that throws in a large stretch of Main Divide, which runs along the north-south crest of the Santa Anas.Distance: 13.5Elevation Gained: …

Sitton Peak

This relatively modest peak in the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains features great views of the ocean, and, when it's clear, the San Bernadino Mountains, Palomar Mountains, Los Angeles and Orange County Basins, and Catalina Island.Distance: 9.5 MilesElevation Gained: 2,150'Difficulty: Moderately StrenuousTime: 3:45Critters: Squirrels, birds, hawksGet there like this. The Santa Ana Mountains are …