California, United States
Santiago Peak is the southern mountain of Orange County's Saddleback formation. It is the highest and most prominent peak of both the Santa Ana Mountains and Orange County. The top of it is covered with many microwave and telecommunication antennas.
More than one trail leads to the top of Santiago Peak, but the most popular among hikers is the Holy Jim trail. The Holy Jim trail gains about 4000 feet in elevation and is about 16 miles round trip. It is a moderate to strenuous hike and is most enjoyable during spring and winter due to the large number of insects during warmer times of the year.
From the summit of Santiago Peak, one can see the larger Southern California peaks like Mount San Gorgonio, Mount San Jacinto, and Mount San Antonio. However, due to the large number of antennas at the top of Santiago Peak, a full 360-degree view of the surrounding landscapes is not possible. Those at the top must walk approximately a quarter-mile around the perimeter of all the antennas to take in views of every direction.
Santiago Peak is a Radio site with buildings owned by American Tower, Crown Castle, Mobile
Relay, Day Wireless, Orange County Communications, the United States Federal Government and SCE.
American Tower owns 8 buildings on top and sold one to a city.
Santiago has radio coverage in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties. This site is one of the best radio sites for the South with UHF, VHF, 800 900 MHz radios systems and one Radio station.