Elevation: 5,689 ft (1,734 m)
The Santa Ana Mountains are a short peninsular mountain range along the coast of Southern California in the United States. They extend for approximately 36 mi (56 km) southeast of the Los Angeles Basin largely along the border between Orange and Riverside counties.
A surprising variety of wildlife species can be found, including Mountain Lion, American Black Bear, Mule Deer, Bobcat, Coyote, Gray Fox, American Badger, Ring-tailed Cat, Spotted Skunk, Western Gray Squirrel, Long-tailed Weasel, Woodrat, Kangaroo Rat, Bats, Spotted Owl, Western Pond Turtle, Southern Steelhead Trout, Coast Horned Lizard, Least Bell's Vireo, Golden Eagle, Mountain Quail, Canyon Wren, Speckled Rattlesnake, Pacific Rattlesnake, Common Kingsnake, Gopher Snake, Arroyo toad, Western Spadefoot Toad, California tree frog, California Sister Butterfly, various Aphonopelma species of tarantula, and many more.
A number of minerals have been mined in the range, though none were very profitable. Commercial resources collected since the 1870s have included metals lead, silver, tin, and zinc, and minerals clay, coal, gypsum, and limestone. Parts of the range have been used to graze domestic livestock and harvest timber since the late 18th century. As the surrounding cities have grown, the water of the range's creeks has become a particularly valued resource.