Santiago Oaks is one of my favorite parks to visit for a quick day hike. The nearly 2,000 acre park is on the border of wilderness and residental areas making it easly accessible. There are many trails within the park one of my favorite is the Deer Trail. At under a mile this small detour is worth the visit.
The trail can be access via Burnham Ridge or as you come down Robbers Peak. This is some what of a spur trail but there is also another trail that leads up and away from the canyon but that will take you to Weir Canyon so avoid that trail.
The trail quickly descends the backside of Santiago Oaks and parallels this nice meadow and Oak grove. Make sure to pay this beautiful trail a visit on your next visit to Santiago Oaks.