Santiago Peak is the highest and most prominent peak in Orange County at 5689ft. The hike to Santiago Peak passes by Holy Jim Falls before taking hikers to a summit covered with microwave and telecom antennas.
More than 100 years ago, an ambitious man by the name of Thaddeus Lowe began planning for a scenic mountain railway that would take passengers from Pasadena to the crest of the San Gabriel Mountains. Explore the historic Mt. Lowe Railway on this hike.
The Mission Trails 5 Peak cChallenge is for hikers and trail runners to visit all 5 peaks within MTRP using established park trails. In this guide I will walk through how I completed the challenge in one day.
This hike offers solitude, a trail that parallels running water (seasonal), and the chance to bag two peaks in quick succession. The views of the greater San Diego area from these two peaks is pretty amazing.
Kwaay Paay Peak is probably the least renowned of the five peaks in Mission Trails Regional Park. The trip to the summit is only 1.2 miles with just under 900 feet of elevation gained, and offers amazing views of the nearby South and North Fortuna summits.
At 1,592ft, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hike to the summit of Cowles is possibly the most popular hiking route in all of San Diego County, which makes an early start a requirement for weekend outings. Hiking to the nearby Pyles Peak is far less popular, and the perfect addition to a hike up Cowles.
The major draw of the North Etiwanda Preserve is Etiwanda Falls, which sits at the foothills of the Cucamonga Wilderness. Etiwanda Falls is a magical place of lush green narrows and cascading water, an unusual site in the desert landscapes of Southern California.
Mount Lukens is the highest peak within the city limits of Los Angeles and the westernmost peak in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Standing tall above the Crescenta Valley, Mount Lukens provides spectacular views of Greater Los Angeles Area, Tujunga Canyon, the San Fernando Valley, and the Verdugo Mountains.