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mpattonRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 3/25/05  Sucess!
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...



http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/joyandmark2/album?.dir=f983



Kind regards,



Mark A. Patton
Posted Mar 28, 2005 12:45 am

Freddys27Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 3/6/05  Sucess!
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

Freddys27Route Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: Summer & Spring  Sucess!
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

WRGruenerRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: The Early 70's  Sucess!

WRGruener

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

GlennGRoute Climbed: Harding Truck Trail Date Climbed: September, 2004  Sucess!

GlennG

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

395guyRoute Climbed: Biked Harding Truck Trail Date Climbed: December 18, 2004  Sucess!

395guy

Perfect day. Temps in 60s. Clear, sunny skies. Great ride to the top.
Posted Dec 18, 2004 11:11 pm

ElwoodRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: Spring 1992  Sucess!

Elwood

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

TalonFergusonRoute Climbed: Holy Jim trail Date Climbed: January 2004  Sucess!

TalonFerguson

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

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Harding Canyon, Holy Jim, Mejeska Truck Trail Date Climbed: Several Times  Sucess!

mdostby

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  Sucess!

Scott M.

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  Sucess!

Scott M.

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

vubuiRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Date Climbed: January 18, 2004  Sucess!

vubui

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

Scott M.Route Climbed: Maple Springs/ Main Divide Date Climbed: November 11, 2003  Sucess!

Scott M.

Did a round trip run up the Maple Springs - Main Divide Truck Trail route on a very nice day. With cool air and good views I made the round trip in 3:50. Lots of people out enjoying the mountain today via various routes. This route opened up on 10/7 but will probably close again in April for species protection.
Posted Nov 8, 2003 7:16 pm

ReiksgibRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

Reiksgib

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

RickFRoute Climbed: Siverado Cyn, Maple Springs Trail Date Climbed: November 29, 2002  Sucess!

RickF

Bagging this peak completed one of my personal goals of doing the five highest peaks in five different counties which are all visible from where I live. There is a great view from the top but it was heavily inhabited by flies.
Posted Apr 28, 2003 10:24 am

kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail/ to Main Divide Date Climbed: March 1, 2003  Sucess!

kdonaldson

Started off with Sun in the canyon, but clounds on the peak. We were hoping they would blow off, but they did not, so we missed out on the views BUT we did hit snow - 4-5 inches above 5000 ft, which is very rare for this mountain.
Posted Mar 2, 2003 12:39 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

This is a long hike - 16mi and 4,000ft through typical So. Cal chaparral. The views were fine except for the radio installations. A very popular trail with mountain bikers I found out. Day 4 of the SoCal County Highpoint Tour
Posted Feb 10, 2003 5:53 pm

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