Santiago Oaks Regional Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Green Travelers
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- Santiago Oaks Regional ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7First to ReviewAug 29, 2013
So you want to be out and about in OC. You know lets go for a hike see a lil bit of nature, enjoy some fresh air etc. There are all kinds of great stuff at this place.
There is various types of terrain here. Hills, descents, steep climbs, relaxed trails, you name it. There are even bridges to traverse for fun that may be needed maybe 3-4 days a year! There are also some stagnant looking ponds so beware of the bugs...
PRO TIP: Bring a full hydration pack as you will need a lot of water. It can get very warm here.
There are also a number of interesting surprises here. There is an old American flag at the top near one of the electrical transmission lines. There are a couple of rocky outcrops which you can shoot pictures from or to just enjoy the view! Another awesome thing about this park is that there are all kinds of things growing here. Some of the food items that are growing here are: pumpkins (literally all over the park), fennel, and some types of edible cactus.
Beware of all kinds of fellow outdoorsy folks. There are lots of hikers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, etc all over the place here. So be sure to give way to the other users depending on ascent or decent and type of trail user.Recommended for:
- Santiago Oaks Regional ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Nov 30, 2012
There are so many different trails here which you can pick from; from hard ones to easy ones =) There's a nice little stream/ river & man made dams along the different trails & the trails are easily marked for you to follow.
There are some horse poo along some of the trail since I guess the surrounding neighborhood brings their horses here.. Yuck.. =) so watch where you walk Nature it is what it is ;)
There is one major hill on the Bumble Bee trail that was killer =P that got all of us huffing & puffing but was worth the views of the surrounding beautiful hills =)
FYI, parking is $5 each car but if you'd rather save $$ on parking just parking then park near the entrance (but be warned the road to the entrance is windy & pretty far but if you're up for the walk go right ahead) =)
Be sure to pick up a trail map from the parking entrance guy.
The best way to start the trails is to go down from the main parking lot after you pass by the entrance gate & around the big tree until you get to the stream with the big round steps which you walk across =)
All in all, a great way to spend a Sat/ Sun afternoon outdoors. =)