This was my first time going up to Santiago Peak. I found half the fun was driving up the dirt road in an off road vehicle – Jeep Wrangler.
Getting to the start of the trail is a challenge in itself as you have to drive up this bumpy dirt road and I would definitely recommend a high clearance vehicle. I though the trail was not really a trail but a dirt road up to the summit. Even though for some reason today the road up to the summit was open as I believe there was a person working up in the top on the antennas I still parked at Maple Springs and started my hike there. I found the hike fairly easy as it is just a walk up a road although you need to be careful if there is traffic as there was today. I think I was the only person actually hiking it up and I saw a guy on a mountain bike as well but he did not go all the way up. Overall, the views of the ocean and rolling hills are nice and seeing Catalina Island in the distance is a bonus but the trail was a little disappointing as I mentioned it is just a road. I recommend this road for trail runners as the incline is not a lot and one can run up and down without too much effort. Well I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Day as I did as I had the day off and doing some outdoor hiking and saw a new peak.
Incredibly this was my first time hiking Strawberry Peak. I have hiked so many of the local mountains but this one had eluded me for quite some time.
I found the trail enjoyable with it very easy to follow with some signs pointing you in the right direction. I also found very few hikers as it was a Monday and am sure is much busier on the weekends. The hike and trail is not very difficult but does have a lot of elevation gain at towards the end with a lot of false summits. The view at the summit was great with views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains. I recommend this hike to everyone wanting to good challenge that does not take all day. I happened to finish the whole trail up and down within 4 hours and including the time spent resting and taking pictures. I started around 12:00 noon and finished just past 4:00 pm. According to Runkeeper, it was 7.39 miles and an elevation gain of 1928 feet. I did go off trail to check out some views at times. Overall I was very pleased with this adventure and will likely do it again with some others.
“Find a way of life you love and have the courage to live it.”
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Hello, my name is Tony Ramos and I will be your hike lead for this Saturday’s hike.
We will be hiking to San Bernardino Peak and meeting at the Ranger Station Parking lot between 5:30 am and 5:45 am.
The weather forecast for Saturday in San Bernardino Mountains is warm but up in the top of the mountain it should be at least 20 degrees cooler and at the summit about 54 degrees so please dress appropriately. Bring water or electrolyte drink, snacks, a lunch and headlamp / flashlight in case we have to come down in the dark which I don’t expect. This is a Level 9 Hike and will include a fast pace, steady inclines and high elevation. Please reconsider if not prepared! Please take the time to read all the hike details (http://latrailhikers.com/hikes/san-bernardino-peak/) and familiarize yourself so you know what to expect.
Please be on time as we will not wait! I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning at 5:30 am!
— at Inca Trail in Peru (August 2015).