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Santiago Peak via Maple Springs

From October 17, 2021 09:00 until October 17, 2021 18:00
Categories: Day Trip
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When: Sunday October 17th

Meeting Location: Across street from St. Michaels Abbey on wide road shoulder. 27977 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676   Directions here. 

Meeting Time: 9:00am

Depart: 9:20am

End Time: Approx. 6PM

Difficulty: Easy, just a fire road with some sections with sharp rock.  So a full size spare is required.

Trail Lead: Ramon Valencia, Black LR3, contact: [email protected] and (949) 241-0981

Description: Easy scenic day trip with great views.  We can bbq up top. I'll also make espresso shots. Be sure you are fueled up before you get to the meeting spot because there is no fuel station nearby.  Street tires are fine as long as you bring a FULL SIZE spare.

Trail is rated 2/10 - Any Rover can complete this trail. A passenger car might not do as well because of clearance issues or lack of All-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive. 2-Wheel Drive is usually fine for the entire trail, but mud or snow could make things more difficult. This trail is a dirt road that may have rocks buried in them in places or cracks where the trail has eroded. Passing may be difficult in some areas and you may need to back up to a wide spot.

Bring: Food, water, snacks, camping chairs, binoculars, sunscreen, hat, jacket, a working full size spare tire and a friendly, helpful attitude. 

Communication: HAM radio on club frequency and FRS (for non-HAMs), details will be provided at the briefing

On the Trail:

  • Don’t mix driving with alcohol or drugs
  • Leave no trace, Tread Lightly, and Stay the Trail principles. Leave only tracks, take only pictures.
  • Be considerate of others on the road or trail.
  • Yield to mountain bikers, hikers, and horses.
  • Slow down when sight lines are poor.
  • Keep speeds low around other recreationists.
  • Keep pets under control. 
  • Maintain a reasonable distance between vehicles.
    • Allow the vehicle ahead of you to clear the obstacle
    • Watch the vehicles behind you. Not just directly behind you, but 2-3 vehicles back.  If they slow, you slow.  If they stop, you stop.  Flash your lights and use the radio to signal the vehicles ahead of you if stopping.
  • Know where the differential or the lowest point on your vehicle is. This will help in negotiating terrain and prevent vehicle damage resulting in oil and fluid spills on the trail.
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
  • For your safety, travel straight up or down hills.
  • Drive over, not around obstacles to avoid widening the trail.
  • If you intend to stop after clearing the obstacle to guide the vehicle behind or take photos, ensure to move far enough beyond the obstacle for the next vehicle to clear