Santiago Peak Climber's Log
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|mpatton||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 11-27-05|
|Beautiful day for a hike. Slight Santa Ana provided great views. Road to trail head was graded a few months ago and is passable by car (slowly, as there are still some rough spots). Road damage and landslides on the Main Divide between Bear Springs and Santiago Peak has also been repaired. Water is still running at Bear Springs. Perfect for topping off your water for the last three miles to the top. I saw several motorcycles on the Main Divide leading me to believe it is open between Silverado and Ortega Hwy (but don't quote me!). Wildlife spotted included Rufus-sided Towhee, California Quail, Scrub Jay, Red Tailed Hawk.|
Mark A. Patton
|Posted Nov 28, 2005 12:41 pm|
|graham||Route Climbed: Harding truck trail|
|Never hiked it, but have Mt biked up Santiago dozens of times from 1992 - 2003|
|Posted Nov 25, 2005 3:18 pm|
|finepointpen||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: MAy 20, 2005|
|I had an awesome hike today. The trail is in good shape, except there are two landslides on the Main Divide that may fool you. The view from the top is a little hazy, but the Ocean and Catalina were visible. The bugs are vicious and won't leave you alone, so bring some strong repellent. And it's no wonder we can see those radio towers from miles away... they are huge!|
|Posted May 21, 2005 2:02 am|
|Don Nelsen||Route Climbed: Indian Truck Trail/Main Divide Trail Date Climbed: May 2nd, 2005|
|The rains of the past winter have caused six major landslides and two wash-outs and closed the Indian Truck Trail road for the foreseeable future. Even on foot, a couple of the slides are difficult to get by but can be negotiated with due caution. This would be a great mountain bike route.|
As it is, it's more than 20 miles round trip past the now locked gate through a surprisingly green forest to a great vantage point for views in all directions.
|Posted May 20, 2005 3:09 pm|
|Hiking fool||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: May 15, 2005|
|Well what a hike. We did the whole trail, including the stretch between the two roads. I heard some people skip that and take the road cause its easier. Man it probably was. |
It took me only 8hrs and 50mins to do the round trip. I feel it would have been a lot faster but I stayed slow cause of my companions.
I didnt realize how hard 16 miles in one day is on the body. But I am recovering. It felt so awsome to have this peak under my belt. I am ultimatly getting ready for San Jacinto in October and then Whitney next year.
I hope that if you are thinking of doing this hike you do it. do not let the distance and elevation turn you away.
But know that when you see the towers on the trail. Dont let it fool you. they are a lot farther then they seem.
|Posted May 17, 2005 2:35 pm|
|CASATO||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Santiago Peak Date Climbed: April 24 2005|
|It's very rare to experience rain on a hike in Southern California. It was a good test for some old rain gear as well as some new. My 6 year old North Face jacket felt a bit clammy while my brand new Marmot Precip pants faired extremely well. I might consider the Precip jacket as a future purchase.|
The hike was a super challenge being the first of the season for me. My legs are paying the price today.
Desptie the rain it was great to see the small waterfalls and all of the wildflowers in bloom. Yellows, blues, reds, and purples smattered the green foliage. It's too bad it will all turn yellow and brown in a few months.
The best treat was spotting pairs of Mountain Quail at several locations on the trail including the summit. In my twenty-seven years of hiking Southern California mountains, this was my first sighting of these big birds. The rain this season must be great for the wildlife.
Lastly, the road through the canyon was a good test for my virgin 4Runner. I'm very pleased with the X-REAS suspension system. The deep ruts and water crossings made the car approach and exit a lot of fun. Can you tell I'm a gear-head?
|Posted Apr 25, 2005 1:10 pm|
|jwhitaker||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 4/24/05|
|We picked maybe a crumby day to climb. It rained all the way to the top, and by the top we were soaked and the wind made it very cold. No views at the top because of complete cloud cover. But it is beautiful to see all the flowers and occasional glimpses down in the canyons filled with fog. Lots mudslides and downed trees along Truck Trail. No cars are going up that way any time soon. Made it in 8 hours. All in all it was a fun trip. Got to do some hiking in wet conditions and got plenty of miles under our legs.|
|Posted Apr 25, 2005 12:07 pm|
|mpatton||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 3/25/05|
|Great day for a hike. Had the mountain to myself. I was surprised by the amount of rain damage at Bear Spring and on the Main Divide Truck Road (landslides). From Bear Spring I went up the truck road, but came down the upper trail section on my way down. The upper trail section once again had some minor damage due to the last storm. No snow on top, but some ice was melting and falling from the radio towers. Unfortunately, clouds came in and obstructed the views, but I enjoyed seeing the wildflowers and wildlife. Had a bobcat cross the road about 30 feet in front of me about half a mile from the top.|
Posted some pictures on Yahoo for all to enjoy...
Mark A. Patton
|Posted Mar 28, 2005 12:45 am|
|Freddys27||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 3/6/05|
|This turned out to be the weekend that the Warriors held their annual race from Black Star canyon and then out through the trail they maintain, Holy Jim. There was a lot of action out there. Almost all of the mountain bikers that we encountered were extremely friendly considering they were racing and we were slowing them down. Most of the bikers made comments like, good to see you out here using the trail. |
One comment on the route description, the Warriors were using the upper section for their race, and so it was in very good condition. We had two route variations on the way. We went to the waterfall and then took a steep route up from there to the main trail. It was really steep, and towards the end more of an animal trail. It was a strenuous ~25 minutes and avoided ~45 minutes of trail. The second variation was to take the main divide road after the first stretch of Holy Jim Trail (there were just too many mountain bikers at this point). It had four sections that were either washed out or covered by huge landslides. The summit was uneventful since it was cloud covered almost all day. On the way down, we took upper Holy Jim trail. It was a lot more scenic entertaining that the road was on the way up.
|Posted Mar 7, 2005 9:20 am|
|Freddys27||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: Summer & Spring|
|The hike sure did take longer than I thought it would. Afterward, Santiago Peak looked more like a mountain than a hill to me. (I always thought of it as a hill because of it's location)|
|Posted Mar 3, 2005 9:16 am|
|WRGruener||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: The Early 70's|
|Climbed with the explorer scouts as a conditioning hike for BMTC. My daypack was an army surplus with ropes for shoulder straps, my $.49 poncho ripped apart in the wind, fog, and rain at the top.|
|Posted Jan 14, 2005 5:31 pm|
|GlennG||Route Climbed: Harding Truck Trail Date Climbed: September, 2004|
|Long day, started early and finished in a reasonable amount of time, preferred the views from modjeska peak, probably because their were a few less radio towers.|
|Posted Jan 8, 2005 3:12 pm|
|395guy||Route Climbed: Biked Harding Truck Trail Date Climbed: December 18, 2004|
|Perfect day. Temps in 60s. Clear, sunny skies. Great ride to the top.|
|Posted Dec 18, 2004 11:11 pm|
|Elwood||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: Spring 1992|
|Did this hike while staying with a buddy in Costa Mesa. I noticed this peak while commuting in-between San Diego & L.A. for work. Hot! but, enjoyable, with nice views of Orange County!|
|Posted Jul 8, 2004 9:31 am|
|TalonFerguson||Route Climbed: Holy Jim trail Date Climbed: January 2004|
|Hike this one for conditioning, 15 miles round trip and good elevation. Holy jim trail is very well kept, and you can often find someone to join you to the top, ( or a biker, dont ask me why they bother, its hike-a-bike )|
|Posted May 19, 2004 1:22 pm|
|mdostby||Route Climbed: Harding Canyon, Holy Jim, Mejeska Truck Trail Date Climbed: Several Times|
|I grew up in the shadow of Santiago Peak. Been to the top several times back in my high school years.|
|Posted Feb 21, 2004 10:32 pm|
|Scott M.||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Date Climbed: February 14, 2004|
|Seems like I've been up here often lately. Went up Holy Jim to Main Divide and followed the road to the top. Lots of mountain bikers out today. Came down the road, picked up the upper section of the Holy Jim Trail for the trip down to Bear Springs. The trail here was in better condition than I had remembered it. Ran the Main Divide east to the Trabuco Trail and followed it back down to the Holy Jim Trailhead.|
|Posted Feb 15, 2004 4:17 pm|
|Scott M.||Route Climbed: Harding Truck Trail/Main Divide Date Climbed: January 31, 2004|
|Ran the route up Harding this morning to the top. It was chilly in spots (high 30s by my estimate). Clouds obscured most views towards the ocean. Quite a few mountain bikers making the top today but just three of us shared the top at the same time.|
|Posted Jan 31, 2004 4:48 pm|
|vubui||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Date Climbed: January 18, 2004|
|First summit actually reached. It was a nice and cool day, but there weren't many people out at all. It's possible they're all still shaken up about the mountain lion attacks last week. Unfortunately for me, everything was horribly hazy and I couldn't really see anything from the peak, but it was worth it all the same.|
|Posted Jan 18, 2004 7:11 pm|
|Reiksgib||Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Date Climbed: June 21, 2003|
|Well, I don't consider this a legal summit for me since it was via a mt. bike. I usually only sign if it is summited by non-mechanical means, but thought this might be useful for those headed out anyway. See my trip report.|
|Posted Jun 23, 2003 10:34 am|