Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Rinker Grove Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3/2/08
Rinker Grove Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3/2/08

Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08
Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08

Santiago Oaks Regional Park is located in Orange.  Facilities include a nice picnic area plus a banquet hall and garden gazebo, popular for weddings.  At the front of the park is one of the few orange groves left in Orange County.  Santiago Creek trickles through the park.  An old historic dam is located on Santiago Creek Trail. 

Although damaged by the March 2007 Windy Ridge Fire (started near the 241 Toll Road) this area is on it's way to recovery.  Both Santiago Creek Trail and Rinker Grove Trail are green and you will find wilderflowers on most of the trails.  For additional Santiago Oaks trail photos click
here.

Santiago Oaks Regional Park is also a popular bird watching area.  The trails are multi-use for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.  There are a number of trails in Santiago Oaks Regional Park which also connect to the Anaheim Hills trail system.

Rattlesnakes are found in the area, I saw one very large red diamondback this spring 2010 (pictured below).  Rangers tell me they see several of them a day this year!  As of 4/3/10 I'm told the last mountain lion sighting here was back in December 2009.  Of course (things I have to say) see my
Safety Page.

Click any picture on this page for an enlarged view.

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Santiago Creek Trail, 4-3-2010

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Red Diamondback Rattlesnake on Santiago Creek Trail, 4-3-2010

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Same snake, taken with a zoom lens and picture enlarged. This snake was between 4' to 5' long.

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Yellow & Red Monkey Flowers, Santiago Creek Trail, 4-3-2010

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View from Santiago Creek Trail, 4-3-2010

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Wildflowers on Bobcat Meadow Trail, 4-3-2010

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Santiago Creek Trail (going the opposite direction of the snake), 4-3-2010

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Santiago Creek Trail, 4-3-2010

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Bobcat Meadow Trail, 4-3-2010

Rinker Grove Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08
Rinker Grove Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08

Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08
Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08

Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08
Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08

Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08
Santiago Creek Trail, Santiago Oaks, 3-2-08

Santiago Oaks Trail Map
Santiago Oaks Trail Map (click picture to enlarge)

Oak Tree Memorial Stone
Oak Tree Memorial Stone (click picture to enlarge)

Old Oak Tree Lost in 2007 Windy Ridge Fire
Old Oak Tree Lost in 2007 Windy Ridge Fire

Windes Nature Trail, trail head, 3-2-08
Windes Nature Trail, trail head, 3-2-08

Santiago Oaks Orange Grove, 3-1-08
One of Orange County's Last Orange Groves is Located at Santiago Oaks

Santiago Oaks Orange Grove Sign, 3-1-08
Santiago Oaks Orange Grove Sign

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Contact information:
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
2145 N. Windes Drive
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6620 or (714) 973-6622

Directions:
Roadmap from mapquest.com

Related links:
More information from Orange County Parks:
Information, including a trail map, from ocnow.com:
Orange County Fire Authority on the Windy Ridge Fire:

Issues:
The county considered closing 44% of Santiago Oaks Regional Park trails.  Citizens petitioned against this.  The results are listed at:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/speak-out-to-save-trails-at-santiago-oaks-regional-park

Safety:
In 2006 & 2007 mountain lion sightings here (and in the surrounding areas were frequent).  During that time (prior to the Windy Ridge fire) I also saw many deer and a coyote.  There have been no recent mountain lion sightings (as of 4/3/10 the last one was December 2009) but that does not mean they are not in the area.  Be cautious anyway, not only in this area but all wilderness areas.  See the links below about what to do if faced by mountain lion and also read our Safety page.

What to do if faced by Mountain Lion or other wildlife, lots of good information at:

What to do if you see a mountain lion:

Know how a mountain lion behaves, assess your risk if you see one--mountain lion body language:

Picture of a mountain lion track, California Dept of Fish & Game: