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DigglerGem in the rough  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2009


Whoda thunk there was such a great thing in the OC??? Gotta be one of the nicer things in this area :)

Felt extremely lucky that O'Neill Park had a campsite- couldn't find half the campgrounds shown in the atlas on the way from SD, & the one I did find & check out (San Mateo state park) charged $35/night- fuck that. Park ranger was nice & didn't charge me their standard $12 "processing" fee, so only paid $15- not TOO bad... Got in late, ~3.30 (which made it hard to get up in the morning).

Started up from parking area @ 11.23 (Holy Jim). Great conditions- fairly warm, but fortunately in the shade for much of the time. Great views on the way up. Summited @ 14.47. Walked around top, trying to enjoy summit- difficult, as constant humming from towers, plus presence of installations themselves (+trucks+workers...) distracting (views far from ideal, as clouds obscured them from SW to NW).

Left summit area ~15.15. Made good time down. Crickets & smells on descent wonderful. Back @ parking lot @ 17.45. Beat 2 guys back to parking lot that had actually started before I did, which was fun :) Great mountain & hike-great views on way up, wonderful foliage, creek, nice smells, ... highlight of this SoCal highpoint trip!
Posted Jun 4, 2010 2:07 pm

mrchad9From Trabuco Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2005


Fun drive crossing creeks along Trabuco Canyon Road, then hike up the Holy Jim Trail. Have never seen so much equipment in my life on a summit before or since.
Posted May 9, 2010 4:15 am

cabHoly Jim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2010


No views the whole day due to fog. The drive to the trailhead parking area was the best part of the trip due to the rain the night before. Definitely need to get the truck washed now. Went to Modjeska too.
Posted Feb 22, 2010 1:25 pm

DigglerRe: Drive Up


Does this count?? :)
Posted Jun 4, 2010 1:54 pm

RobbHoly Jin Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2010


What a cool hike, to get to this peak. Nice views. The top was a bit brisk and windy, but it was a great reward. The rest of the hike fell apart with miscommunications and our leader taking us down a way that made for an extra few more miles, but I choke it up to more experience and more training. That did though did not take away from being on top of this local landmark.
Posted Jan 25, 2010 3:26 pm

Sam PageHoly Jim Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

Sam Page

Went with SoCal Hikers and Peakbaggers. Here is my trip report.
Posted Jan 18, 2010 8:44 pm

NavySeabeeSantiago-Modjeska via Holy Jim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2009


Summited in a shade over 3 hours and sadly the register was too wet to sign. Interesting weather day as the high overcast turned to brief sunshine (thankfully while I was summiting both peaks) which turned to cloud shrouded summits. Fantastic views of the SoCal big 3 and 7th CA COHP which I'm tackling at a snails pace.
Posted Dec 7, 2009 12:37 pm

Alex WoodLots of Mountain Biking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2009

Alex Wood

We started over by Blue Jay Campground and took North Main Divide Road up. We tagged Los Pinos, an unnamed peak, Trabucco Peak, and then up the Holy Jim to Santiago Peak. We couldn't see anything on the top due to the fact that weather rolled in...a bummer, but at least we had views from the other peaks. We were going to try and make it to Modjeska, but we ran out of time. We rode down the Holy Jim into Trabucco Canyon. We rode around 25 miles total. Great day!!
Posted Apr 10, 2009 1:22 am

SoCalHikerHoly Jim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009


Drove Trabuco Canyon all the way to the trailhead behind the fire station. Took the Holy Jim Trail to Modjeska and Santiago Peak. Beautifully maintained trail and some fire roads to the top. Old Goats Mountain Race (50 mile) happened to be that day.
Posted Apr 2, 2009 1:24 pm

gimpilatorHoly Jim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2009


Some big mud holes forced me to park a mile before the trail head. A higher clearance car would have had no problem. I dunked my left foot in one of the stream crossings not long after starting. There were a few patches of snow above 5000 feet. A nice layer of clouds filled in all the valleys down below. 3 hours up and 2.5 down.

Update: I returned December 14th, 2014 to get Modjeska as well as Santiago. 7 hours car-to-car.
Posted Mar 11, 2009 6:23 pm

farrisglGood change of venue once in a while  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2002


While I prefer Baldy as a training hike, this is a nice change of pass every year or so.
Posted Mar 9, 2009 8:51 pm

Dartmouth HikerGreat warmup for San G  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2008

Dartmouth Hiker

Hiked with my college buddy Josh on a warm, sunny and relatively unsmoggy day. After (barely) reaching the TH in a passenger car, we hiked Holy Jim to the top in 3 1/2 hours. Hardest part was definitely Upper Holy Jim between the road segments. Views on top were incredible, to the three Saints, downtown LA, and the ocean.

The hike down took us 2:45, plus a 20 minute side trip to the falls (well worth it, IMHO). My second CA COHP, and a great introduction to the mountains of the area!
Posted Sep 28, 2008 8:11 pm

sskeepTwin Peaks Ultra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2007


Ran the inaugural Twin Peaks 50K marathon. First up Modjeska then over to Santiago. Summit at 16 miles, turned around and ran back down.

Posted Sep 9, 2008 10:04 pm

Tracyfrom Trabuco Peak - CA cohp #9  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008


Twenty of us started hiking the North Main Divide Truck Trail (the gate was locked at the intersection of the Indian Truck Trail) down and up from the base of Trabuco Peak. I found the summit register in the two tin cans nested together. No vehicles along the entire route except for three service trucks on top.

My daughter, Tori and Aleeza Gonzalez hiked with me to the last big switchback where the top of the Upper Holy Jim Trail intersects the road. On the way down they hiked Upper Holy Jim Trail down while I jogged the road in case others from our larger group were still coming up. Trevor Neilsen had driven down to the closed gate and he gave me a ride up to Tabuco Peak where I was parked.

For those wanting a bite to eat in the area, don't miss Hell's Kitchen biker bar on the Ortega Highway. It was the first place we found to give 15 teenaged girls a place to buy a soda and use the restroom. From the discussions I overheard they won't forget it anytime soon :).
Posted Jun 14, 2008 8:39 pm

david whitingOur icon for dreams  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2007

david whiting

Been up to the summit more than a dozen times and 100 times that in my dreams. This mountain is a great place to train, have fun and reminds us of bigger peaks to come. Here is one story. (No money for hits. Writing is just a labor of love. I'm a News Director.)
Posted Mar 15, 2008 7:07 pm

InsertHereHoly Jim to Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 1, 2008


Mountain bike race on this day. Made the hike interesting to say the least. Nothing like diving in to the brush to avoid getting run over. The radio towers on the summit make for a less than natural climax. Probably won't return.
Posted Mar 4, 2008 4:47 pm

GroundControlHiking with the twin bro, 2/04  Sucess!


I went to go visit my brother in Corona, CA, and, of course, one of the most important things in planning to come visit him is to look for a nice little mountain in the area to hike. There are some beautiful views on the hike up, it kinda is a bummer seeing all the satellite equipment up at the top, but I guess people have to have their cell phone access...
Posted Jan 13, 2008 10:01 am

amcke004Helluva Climb  Sucess!


Killer hike from bottom to top and back. Especially in May. Ran out of water on the way up. Ran the entire way back
Posted Dec 23, 2007 12:15 am

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

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