Once there, you are rewarded with the best views on this hike. 24 of us did the 10+ miles hike, started at 7:30am; met 2beautiful horses with owners on them.Thank you to John Santee, the lead and meetup Sunrise to Sunset Hiking group. At the pass, there are trails going up the peaks north and south, but these are not the ones I am heading to. After the second trail marker, you head up a steep incline. Bear Ridge Trail: Beautiful 360 degree views at the top. To get to the summit (which is small), there is a rock scramble of less than 0.5 miles. Trailforks ranks trails with a combination of user ratings and raw trail usage data from rides. This hike starts on the Bear Canyon Loop Trail, which takes us to the Verdugo Truck Trail, to the Sitton Peak Truck Trail. It starts out fairly easy, almost feels like a fire road. Bear Ridge and Sitton Peak Loop Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Sitton Peak David Comerzan 909-482-0173 comerzan@verizon.net Ron Schrantz 714-995-8240 rschrantzsce@yahoo.com Join us for a day in the Santa Ana Mountains in the Cleveland National Forest west of Elsinore. Sitton Peak trail from wilderness boundary to the Lucas Canyon trail is 6.7 miles. Your trail is the fifth, which heads west (it is the one immediately to the right of the Bear Canyon Trail as you enter the clearing) and should be signed for Sitton Peak. I was looking for a snow-free trail to do a combination of hiking and gentle running and that’s what I got. Sitton Peak Truck Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. It’s true what they say, last bit is the toughest but once you’re up there you’ll know it was worth it. I started on the trail from the Bear Canyon trailhead at about 9:10 am on Tuesday, 1/5/2020. The Hike: A local peak always sounds great, right?Find the Bear Canyon trailhead located behind the old -fashioned Candy Store off Ortega Highway. On average it takes 1 hour53 minutes to complete this trail. With some of the higher Santa Ana peaks closed due to the recent fires Parking is located directly across the Ortega Oaks Candy Store in the San Juan Loop parking lot. Sitton Peak Truck Trail is a 16.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Elsinore, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Only negative is the ridiculous amount of TP left all along the trail and in huge amounts at the summit. The trail ascends to an unnamed bump (3,250 feet), and then descends to a saddle, where you look for a narrow trail on the right heading up a steep ridge. Though not one of the higher peaks in the range, its summit provides excellent views out towards the Pacific Ocean (Catalina Island), the mountains of north San Diego, and great wintertime views of the higher San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountain ranges. SoCal Six-Pack of Peaks Challenger Steve does Volcan Mountain and found it a great trail run. Felt some dizziness and fainting at the top It is on all road and trail. Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 8:30 AM: Distance - 9.5 mileElevation Gain - 2150 feet of gainTime - 5 to 6 hoursWe begin this hike by taking the Bear Canyon Trail south from the Candy Store. On a clear day San Clemente and Catalina islands can be seen off the coast. The elevation gain and distance makes this a good intermediate level hike. Last .5 mile is basically straight up to the peak. Friking awesome! The summit trail was a lot steeper for about .3 miles and it reminded me at times of the short climb of about 45 deg up for Sheep Head Mountain. Hurray for Ochs Larry, up a very steep and uneven trail (maybe 60 degrees or more) to Sitton Peak, without a hiking stick; going down was more challenging. rini sugianto Located just south of Orange County, this peak quite suprisingly sees a little bit of traffic, especially on cooler days. Besides that it is a great hike. I have full hike directions for Sitton Peak on the site here. Down the other side, just past a saddle, is the use trail up Sitton Peak. Really nice hike. This moderate hike of approximately 4.5 miles round trip takes you to the 90-foot-high Hemlock Falls without having to do a strenuous climb. At 3,273 feet above sea level, Sitton Peak has 360-degree views of the Cleveland National Forest, the expanse of the ocean, and Catalina Island on a clear day. San Diego, CA 92127 Bring a doggie bag along with your tp and use it to pick it up. Strawberry Peak, Mount Wilson, Mount Baldy (Mt San Antonio), Ontario Peak They have extended the closure of four formal trailheads and 23 informal trail access points, resulting in a larger closure of 23 trails and 19 roads. 360 degree views, clear skies, could see Catalina island and the ocean from the peak. The best & most popular mountain biking trails in San Juan Capistrano. They are very grand and worth the climb to see. 3.2/3.6 - 5 miles (Sitton Peak Trail). The trail was in great shape and normally you will see other hikers out on the trail because the hike to Sitton Peak is popular hiking trail with Orange County Hikers. This trail requires some scrambling and light bushwhacking up to the ridge. 1.3 miles from 4 Corners to narrow trail (.4 mi) up to Sitton Peak summit (3,273 feet). The 360-degree view from the 3,273-foot summit overlooks a wide area of the Cleveland National Forest. No one wants to see your litter. Sitton Peak is the first of the So Cal Six Pack of Peaks Challenge. The trail climbs and winds around a couple of ridges for 1.25 miles to a marker for the Sitton Peak Trail. The road leads directly to Double Peak Park that leads directly to Double Peak Park. The trail was lined with oak and the usual shapperal for the area but it was pleasant. Cleveland National Forest Thanks for the apple and cranberry almonds Goes out to JR and Jim go me back on track. Awesome trail. Be sure to kick off … Mellow elevation gain. Beautiful clear day! After one mile of mod Awesome trail with amazing views. The trail leading up to Sitton Peak winds up and down through approximately nine to ten miles of the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness and national forest land to an elevation of 3,273 feet. Starting as a single-track path, the trail later follows various double-track fire roads. We were able to see Catalina Make sure to bring plenty of water. If you came up the Bear Canyon Trail, turn right and you'll see the old truck trail that heads uphill towards Sitton Peak. Beautiful views. The very last portion of the trail opens up directly on to Double Peak Drive. Was the first one in today. The first section of the trail is single track, but much of the […] SITTON’S GULCH TRAIL. Sitton Peak Hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Southern Orange County coastal cities, including San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Dana Point, and Mission Viejo from top of Sitton Peak. The last 0.4miles was pure inclines so it was the perfect #sufferfest ending that made the views so much more worth it! The Sitton Peak Trail was a road once, too, and is called such once it passes out of the wilderness boundary. Main Divide Truck Trail to Santiago Peak [CLOSED], Ortega Oaks to Rancho Carrillo via Bear Canyon Trail, Bear Ridge Trail, and Verdugo Trail. The trailhead is located just off the windy road of Highway 74 next to a famous candy store. Peak Summited: 2020 Sitton Peak: Type of Hike: Day hike: Trailhead: San Juan: Hiking Companions: Hiked with a partner: Road Conditions: Road suitable for all vehicles: Bug Status: No bugs: Snow Conditions: Snow free: Trail Conditions: Trail in good condition Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There are a few trees up on the ridge but little shade en route. Suite 200 Really mellow until literally the last 1/2 mile. The Sitton’s Gulch Trail is a newer but also popular trail, which runs along the bottom of the canyon. I would label this portion of the trail as difficult. Follow the trail as it begins to climb and contour around the peak. The Bear Canyon Loop trailhead begins a few yards west of the candy store. Large parts of the hike have great views of the San Mateo Wilderness. 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road You will need an Adventurers Pass for parking. It is one of the top 12 Peaks, and is at the lowest of the altitudes so it is a good place to begin if you are aspiring to be a Peak Bagger. You're at 'Four Corners', where five trails come together. Expansive views. Overview Sitton Peak is located in the southern half of the Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California. The hike up was a fairly gentle climb on an excellent trail so the poles weren’t really needed for 95% of the hike. Trail Notes: From Four Corners, trail climbs west to the wilderness boundary then becomes Sitton Peak trail (7S09). Mellow and great for running, well trafficked, very steep uphill at the end to get to the peak. The last part of the hike to Sitton Peak is the steepest, but is not too long. You will need an Adventure Pass ($35 for an annual pass, $5 for a daily pass per vehicle) in order to park in the lot. Newport Beach The main route around Newport Back Bay is long -- about 10.5 miles -- but mostly even and level. The total mileage for this hike should be[masked] miles with approximately 2,000' of elevation gain. They recently installed a new gate onto the fire road... Much easier to jump over. Web Map Links: Peakfinder Panorama GeoHack Links CalTopo MyTopo Bing Maps Google Maps Open Street Map: Prominence You pass the gated start of the road on the way to the San Juan parking area. Sitton Peak Trail is a 9 mile less popular blue singletrack trail located near San Juan Capistrano California. Great hike with a short rock scramble. This Lower Peak is 10 miles round trip, 1700’ of gain, estimate about 5-6 hours of hiking. This California hike offers a more lengthy, challenging experience for our readers. Great challenge. On clear days, you can see the ocean and even Catalina Island. The Sitton Peak Trail actually begins along the fire road not far past the Hot Springs inside Caspers. Overall, a very beautiful hike on a day with great weather! It’s easy to miss this trailhead, so if the store is open, there’s no shame in asking about the trail location. It does not look used as such recently. Bring something to eat for the top when you go up, Moderate amount of people. Super busy on a Saturday. Click here for larger-size photo. Especially right at the peak. If you came along the bear Ridge Trail, go straight across 'Four Corners' and you'll be on the truck trail. This peak is located in the Santa Ana Mountains in the Cleveland National Forest. This was peak #2 for me in the 2021 SoCal Six-Pack-of-Peaks challenge. Slow to moderate pace. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Geez. Would bring friends to do this with me next time #52hikechallenge #6packofpeaks. Great SoCal trail, not as exposed as most. Truly awesome hike. Back Bay Loop Trail. There are no big, open views until a bit after mile 4. CRS: 800-735-2922, Amazing 2nd Hike of my life today with my son - & 7401 What Makes It Great Sitton Peak from the trail (2019-10-27). If you missed the turnoff to the hot springs and see this trail marker, you’ve gone too far. This drive is a heavily trafficked by both vehicle and bicycle. Sitton peak is just over 3,200 feet in elevation and the hike is about 10 miles round trip with out doing the full loop. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Pretty busy though. Here’s a closeup of that last trail marker for Sitton Peak. I would definitely hike this peak again! Started @5:30am and got to the peak at 7:20ish to watch to suns magnificence expand for the day! The trail was very nice, well maintained, and had a good amount of shade. It was disappointing to learn that the top is drivable. Sitton Peak side trip: From Four Corners, this trail will be on your right hand side. At 3,273 feet above sea level, Sitton Peak has commanding 360 degree views of the Cleveland National Forest. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. A little rocky and overgrown in some areas but definitely manageable. Pretty decent signage. The hike is a moderate uphill with some level sections to catch your breath. Photo by Christopher Burdorf. Be sure to get there early. Great views ! read more about your privacy and HikingGuy.com here. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail winds up the spines of the Santa Ana Mountains to the highest point in this area, Sitton Peak. The trail opens up to the old San Juan Springs rest area. The trail persists of mostly coastal chaparral. 858-673-6180 In total, this results in closure of 81.5 miles of trail (out of 760 open miles) and 54.5 miles of road. All Rights Reserved, San Juan Loop Trailhead, Trabuco Canyon, CA, 92679, USA, hiking tricks and tips that I’ve learned over the years, what hiking gear works and what gear doesn’t, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Hikes, please erase and block them using your web browser. Final stretch up is a good burner incline and very gradual incline before that. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. There was plenty of parking when I arrived/finished and there weren’t many people on the trail. This will be an out and back. The popular Colby Canyon route was closed in recent years after a rock flow mangled large portions of the trail, but, as of December 2014, the trail is open and in great condition. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Females please please please......PACK YOUR TOILET PAPER OUT WITH YOU! There is a big parking lot across the street from the store with a clean toilet nearby. 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