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Travis_Ascended Holy Jim, Descended Joplin Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2007


A nice hike via Holy Jim and Joplin trails. Climbed Modjeska as well. Perfect weather, some snow above 5000 ft. The firebreak cleared during recent fires across Modjeska was a bit of an eye sore, as were all the towers on Santiago.

Here are my GPS tracks, elevation profile, Google Map and some photos.

Note: Had no issues driving my low clearance Honda Civic to the Holy Jim Trailhead. Took it slow and easy. The large puddles are intimidating but easy to bypass. Need to be careful to avoid large rocks.
Posted Dec 17, 2007 1:54 pm

SchuetzenweberHoly Jim!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


What a slog on a hot day. Enjoyed the wild fresh figs growing over the Falls. From the Great Divide on it got nice. The summit, however, was humming with microwave radiation and we didn't stay long. Signed the log up top. Good views all around.
Posted Nov 21, 2007 12:22 am

TorstenWlong hike...  Sucess!


Been to the top many times, hiking and four-by-ing... nice views on clear days
Posted Jun 7, 2007 12:54 am

JanellGood to be out  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007


Nice long bumpy road, beautiful day
Posted Apr 12, 2007 2:45 pm

Vic HansonHoly Jim Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2001

Vic Hanson

We did a loop hike using the Holy Jim Trail as well as another one I don't remember, with a traverse on top. Also have hiked and biked up and down the Holy Jim Trail
Posted Apr 1, 2007 6:52 pm

theronmoonGreat views!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007


Amazing views! Can't believe I waited this long to do this one. Also did Modjeska, Bald, and Bedford. I will do this again and again.
Posted Mar 18, 2007 9:36 pm

HyadventureHoly Jim Trail second time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2002


I often see this peak on my commute and wish I was climbing it rather then going to work.
Posted Feb 14, 2007 9:16 pm

dpsiebertMain Divide  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2006


The gate at the Silverado trailhead is open so I drove to the top of Maple Springs Road. The road is in good condition and an average compact car can make it. The upper gate is locked.
Posted Dec 27, 2006 6:44 pm

banjobonchSantiago Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003


Camped just below the peak on the Elsinor side. Great summer night
Posted Oct 23, 2006 2:41 am

Bob BoltonHoly Jim Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2006

Bob Bolton

Gorgeous day with clear air, so everything was sharply visible. Slight breeze and cool air made for very comfortable hiking.
Posted Oct 22, 2006 10:51 pm

mlarkin2002Holy Jim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2005
Wish there was a better way to get to this mediocre cohp. A 16mi RT seems too much for what you get in return.
Posted Oct 13, 2006 10:29 am

surgentIndian Truck Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2000


Very hot day from Elsinore side. Fun drive. Not much of a hike for me. Still sore from Baldy the day before.
Posted Sep 13, 2006 3:14 pm

derbillySoCal HP Extravaganza  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2005


1st peak of 4 SoCal highpoints. Mostly brushy hike, but I could see the other three highpoints from the summmit.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 3:59 pm

skottyHonestly, not that fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2005


I lived in south Orange County under the shadow of Saddleback Mountain most of my childhood and always wondered what it was like way up there. Over the years I've climbed it I think 4 times as a training hike for other summits and I have to say, I don't really care for it. Exposed to the sun most of the way, the dry, hot, dusty trails among dead bushes and few trees, the swarms of flies in the summer, the indistinct summit under the radio towers looking out at the smog and haze - not quite the high-Sierras but a tough training hike from Holly Jim.
Posted Jul 10, 2006 10:01 pm

HeyItsBenHoly Jim  Sucess!


This trail is awesome up until the dirt road. Then you could end up fighting over road space with Jeeps and dirtbikes to get to the summit, the greatest display of antennaes I have ever seen.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 9:03 pm

lakenyonHoly Jim Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2005


I grew up in Orange County but had never been up Saddleback until now.
Posted May 14, 2006 10:14 pm

peakbagerRoute Climbed: Main Devide Date Climbed: Lots  Sucess!


Well did not really climb it but have driven up it many times in my 4*4
Posted Jan 19, 2006 10:15 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Maple Springs/Main Divide Date Climbed: May 12, 2001  Sucess!


Long hike which I turned into a even longer hike by adding miles for the Hiking Merit Badge. Still alot of fun though. Highest point in Orange County!
Posted Jan 2, 2006 3:44 am

Smith93Route Climbed: Maple Springs/Main Divide Date Climbed: May 10, 2003  Sucess!


Great hike and my second time on top!
Posted Jan 2, 2006 3:42 am

mpattonRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 11-27-05  Sucess!
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.

Kind regards,

Mark A. Patton
Posted Nov 28, 2005 12:41 pm

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