Santiago Peak Climber's Log

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david whiting

david whiting - Mar 15, 2008 7:07 pm Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2007

Our icon for dreams  Sucess!

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.)


InsertHere - Mar 4, 2008 4:47 pm Date Climbed: Mar 1, 2008

Holy Jim to Summit  Sucess!

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.


GroundControl - Jan 13, 2008 10:01 am

Hiking 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...


amcke004 - Dec 23, 2007 12:15 am

Helluva 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


Travis_ - Dec 17, 2007 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Dec 16, 2007

Ascended Holy Jim, Descended Joplin Trail  Sucess!

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.


Schuetzenweber - Nov 21, 2007 12:22 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

Holy Jim!  Sucess!

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.


TorstenW - Jun 7, 2007 12:54 am

long hike...  Sucess!

Been to the top many times, hiking and four-by-ing... nice views on clear days


Janell - Apr 12, 2007 2:45 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007

Good to be out  Sucess!

Nice long bumpy road, beautiful day

Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Apr 1, 2007 6:52 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2001

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

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


theronmoon - Mar 18, 2007 9:36 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007

Great views!  Sucess!

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.


Hyadventure - Feb 14, 2007 9:16 pm Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2002

Holy Jim Trail second time  Sucess!

I often see this peak on my commute and wish I was climbing it rather then going to work.


dpsiebert - Dec 27, 2006 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2006

Main Divide  Sucess!

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.


banjobonch - Oct 23, 2006 2:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003

Santiago Peak  Sucess!

Camped just below the peak on the Elsinor side. Great summer night

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Oct 22, 2006 10:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2006

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Gorgeous day with clear air, so everything was sharply visible. Slight breeze and cool air made for very comfortable hiking.

mlarkin2002 - Oct 13, 2006 10:29 am Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2005

Holy Jim  Sucess!

Wish there was a better way to get to this mediocre cohp. A 16mi RT seems too much for what you get in return.


surgent - Sep 13, 2006 3:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2000

Indian Truck Trail  Sucess!

Very hot day from Elsinore side. Fun drive. Not much of a hike for me. Still sore from Baldy the day before.


derbilly - Aug 17, 2006 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2005

SoCal HP Extravaganza  Sucess!

1st peak of 4 SoCal highpoints. Mostly brushy hike, but I could see the other three highpoints from the summmit.


skotty - Jul 10, 2006 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2005

Honestly, not that fun  Sucess!

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.


HeyItsBen - Jun 20, 2006 9:03 pm

Holy 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.

lakenyon - May 14, 2006 10:14 pm Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2005

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

I grew up in Orange County but had never been up Saddleback until now.

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