Santiago Peak Climber's Log

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huskertriguy - Oct 29, 2019 6:21 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2019

Under Cover of Night  Sucess!

This was part of a trip that involved Santiago Peak, San Gorgonio Mountain, and Mt. San Antonio. I had just about 48 hours to get in as much as possible before spending a couple days with a couple friends to meet their new baby, and I decided to make the most of it.

After reading David Comerzan's report (on Peakbagger) approaching from the west via Main Divide Road, I decided to give it a go in order to shed miles and save some time for the other 2 summits I had planned for this trip. Per Comerzan's advice I called Cleveland National Forest to be sure the roads were open and accessible.

Because my flight got in a little later, I found myself driving up these roads in the setting sun. Just the same, there were plenty of Jeeps and lifted pickups that I encountered out there, as well as a couple mountain bikers. I parked the Nissan Rogue rental at the broad spot at about 4600'; at this point the sun had set, but the orange glow of the megapolis negated any need for a headlamp. Sons of the Pioneers' "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" echoed on repeat in my head as I called to mind the prologue of one of the greatest films ever to grace the screen.

The walk was further than I'd anticipated, and I rued the fact that the rental probably could have made the drive the entire way. Just under the summit, I walked through an unlocked gate and up the rest of the road to a collection of towers. The high point appeared to be just to the south, and I walked up a short bump to find a benchmark, register, and sign.

The views from the true summit offered little more than I had seen on the walk up given it was already well past dark. I walked back down to the vehicle and made my way to San Gorgonio, stopping at a couple breweries in San Bernardino (naturally) along the way.

utclimber - Jun 24, 2018 4:55 pm Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2018

Santiago Peak  Sucess!

Hiked via the Holy Jim Trail.


Jonodo - May 28, 2018 4:02 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2018

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

With Devin and Kevin

trexkerry - Dec 31, 2017 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2017

Via Holy Jim  Sucess!

Via Holy Jim Trail, the road coming in was decent, the hike was nice except for the heat on the upper portions, mainly once the trail ends on the 4x4 road. I saw 3 other hikers and a couple of dirtbikes in the day.

On descent most of the last 5 miles were shaded by the ridge blocking the low angle sun and by the tunnel-like trail going through what would otherwise be impenetrable brush.

The most heavily forested areas were home to a lot of annoying flying insects.

Snowman of Annapurna

Snowman of Annapurna - Jan 31, 2017 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2014

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Great Hike, ran the whole way down


sylvainalarie - Oct 28, 2016 6:11 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2015

Where's the BM?  Sucess!

Nice hike, but a lot of fog on the way up. Got a nice view over it all from the top - always cool. Took Holy Jim from the trailhead by the cottage village. Hiking the second part on a dirt road isn't the best, especially trying to get out of the way of 4WD and dirt bikes. Then the top being cut off and covered with antennae is a little disappointing, too. Managed to find the BM through it all - yes there is one on a small promontory. All in all a worthwhile hike. Hard to find a sizeable hike with a view in OC.


socalpeakbagger - Jul 5, 2016 11:52 pm Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2016

If I only knew that Modjeska was also on the list!  Sucess!

Parked my car a few miles from the trailhead like a moron because the road looked sketchy in the dark past the creek crossing. Ended up being a marathon distance hike to Santiago. Now that I know Modjeska is on the HPS, I will have to hike Holy Jim again but this time I know where to park!


davidsanger - Apr 8, 2016 7:39 pm Date Climbed: Mar 31, 2016

Perfect Spring Day  Sucess!

After an unsuccessful attempt to drive Indian Truck Trail last years (with a flat tire and an expensive visit form a tow truck) I decided to take the easy route, hiking the Holy Jim Trail. Perfect weather, low sixties, and a fair smattering of wildflowers along the trail made it very pleasant day hike, 16.1 miles, 4251 vertical


runbyu1 - Mar 29, 2016 12:51 pm Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2016

Ran up with Ben & Kevin  Sucess!

Ran up Holy Jim with Ben B & Kevin P before we got to work the next couple of days. Perfect day, beautiful on top. Had fun blitzing the Upper Holy Jim trail descent in 5:32 with Ben pretty close behind. Went out to the waterfall on the way down...was surprised it was only a quarter mile off the trail and it felt SO good to dunk in it twice.


Fairweather - Oct 28, 2015 1:11 am Date Climbed: Apr 15, 1972

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Seemed like a long day.
With Boy Scouts.


IronHiker - Mar 3, 2015 4:15 pm Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2012

Cluttered  Sucess!

So many towers block the views across two counties. Two summits so far. One from Maple Springs Road, one from Holy Jim.


ScottWhitneyBound - Feb 1, 2015 11:13 am Date Climbed: Jan 31, 2015

Via the Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Beautiful hike with a group of about 17 hikers, most of whom were named Rick! Windchill at the summit was about 30 degrees F...brrrrr!


Donno - May 12, 2014 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2014

W/ Rob  Sucess!

Hiked up Holy Jim's trail in cool cloudy weather. 3:45 up and 2:45 down


mtneering - Nov 8, 2013 3:46 pm Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2013

Gain  Sucess!

awesome vertical gain for So Cal


DonutPig - Aug 4, 2013 11:35 am Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2012

Lots of snow  Sucess!

Went up Holy Jim trail. Was surprised at how much snow there was. Defiantly was not expecting much snow in Orange County.

Terry Fazio

Terry Fazio - Mar 31, 2013 12:47 pm Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2012

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Hiked this trail before catching a flight home to Michigan in November. Beautiful on the way up, but fog rolled in the last hour. Visability at the summit was less than 20 feet. It was actually a little creepy. Will try this one again some other time when I'm in OC and will hopefully get the full view.


Fletch - Nov 30, 2012 5:18 pm Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2005

Long time ago  Sucess!

old friends


Laron - Sep 6, 2012 8:18 am Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2008

Sweet Trail Run!!!  Sucess!

Ran alone up the washout road and then up the Holy Jim Trail all the way up to the summit and back. Since I only had one bottle of water, I was super thirsty when I made it back to the parked car. Fantastic run!!!


orbitor - Apr 10, 2012 1:05 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2010

Via Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Good winter hike while trying to beat a storm. Cold and windy summit.

toobspunk - Jan 19, 2012 6:50 pm Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2010

Via powerline Ridge  Sucess!

Took powerline ridge up. Halfway down Trabuco road. Park at the road that leads up to Santiago Truck trail. Veer right instead of dropping down to Joplin Trail. Lots of bushwacking required.

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