Hike this one for conditioning, 15 miles round trip and good elevation. Holy jim trail is very well kept, and you can often find someone to join you to the top, ( or a biker, dont ask me why they bother, its hike-a-bike )
I grew up in the shadow of Santiago Peak. Been to the top several times back in my high school years.
Seems like I've been up here often lately. Went up Holy Jim to Main Divide and followed the road to the top. Lots of mountain bikers out today. Came down the road, picked up the upper section of the Holy Jim Trail for the trip down to Bear Springs. The trail here was in better condition than I had remembered it. Ran the Main Divide east to the Trabuco Trail and followed it back down to the Holy Jim Trailhead.
Ran the route up Harding this morning to the top. It was chilly in spots (high 30s by my estimate). Clouds obscured most views towards the ocean. Quite a few mountain bikers making the top today but just three of us shared the top at the same time.
First summit actually reached. It was a nice and cool day, but there weren't many people out at all. It's possible they're all still shaken up about the mountain lion attacks last week. Unfortunately for me, everything was horribly hazy and I couldn't really see anything from the peak, but it was worth it all the same.
Well, I don't consider this a legal summit for me since it was via a mt. bike. I usually only sign if it is summited by non-mechanical means, but thought this might be useful for those headed out anyway. See my trip report.
Bagging this peak completed one of my personal goals of doing the five highest peaks in five different counties which are all visible from where I live. There is a great view from the top but it was heavily inhabited by flies.
Started off with Sun in the canyon, but clounds on the peak. We were hoping they would blow off, but they did not, so we missed out on the views BUT we did hit snow - 4-5 inches above 5000 ft, which is very rare for this mountain.