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

Hyadventure

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

dpsiebert

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

banjobonch

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

surgent

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

derbilly

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

skotty

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

benjamingrayHoly Jim  Sucess!

benjamingray

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

lakenyon

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!

peakbager

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!

Smith93

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!

Smith93

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

grahamRoute Climbed: Harding truck trail  Sucess!

graham

Never hiked it, but have Mt biked up Santiago dozens of times from 1992 - 2003
Posted Nov 25, 2005 3:18 pm

finepointpenRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: MAy 20, 2005  Sucess!
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 NelsenRoute Climbed: Indian Truck Trail/Main Divide Trail Date Climbed: May 2nd, 2005  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

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 foolRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: May 15, 2005  Sucess!
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

CASATORoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail to Santiago Peak Date Climbed: April 24 2005  Sucess!
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

jwhitakerRoute Climbed: Holy Jim Trail Date Climbed: 4/24/05  Sucess!
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

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