Santiago's revenge is an evil trail. Ask anyone who has 'wheeled it, and, whether they loved it or hated it, they will express great respect for the short (just more than a mile) trail. The obstacles aren't near-vertical cliffs, the climbs aren't taller than skyscrapers, and there are no holes large enough to swallow an F-250. The evilness of this trail is that it appears to be mild but hides lots of rocker-panel-sized rocks. In short, you're likely to gather a new dent or two before the trip is over.
Located about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, inside the Little Rock Dam Recreation Area, Santiago's Revenge snakes its way up a creekbed that usually has very little water in it. We say usually because this spring the watermark reached a record high. The first real obstacle on the trail is a V, and it's just past what is normally a puddle of water. When the High Desert Four Wheelers hit it for the club's annual Santiago's Revenge trail ride in April, a 3-foot-deep pool here covered all but the top of the rocks.
We shot photos as 125 vehicles spent the day traversing the rocks, water, and dirt that compose Santiago. If you'd like information on next year's run over this trail or other High Desert Four Wheelers activities, contact them at High Desert Four Wheelers, c/o Bonnie Ferguson, Dept. 4WOR, 5711 West Ave. M, No. 41, Quartz Hills, CA 93536, 805/943-9744.