Santiago Peak Climber's Log

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EnFuego - Jul 3, 2011 6:36 pm Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2009

Solo Speed Ascent  Sucess!

Did a solo trip from Holy Jim trail to Santiago Peak. Nothing extraordinary on this trip. Luckily for me, weather stayed cool with nice breeze most of day. Car to summit: 2hrs 28mins. Will mountain bike this trail next time.


hiker102 - May 19, 2011 9:59 am Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2009

Upper Holy Jim trail

Once again the forces of nature foiled our attempt to bag this 1733 meter peak!

For a full trip report with photos, you are welcome to visit my website: Peak Fever

BeerGut1 - Jan 24, 2011 9:59 pm Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2011

The first hike of the new year  Sucess!

Went up the holy Jim trail to the peak and also hit modjeska that day. Trabuco Creek Road was washed by recent rain and impassable had to start the hike about three mile from the actual trail head making for a long hike.


Dundeel - Dec 10, 2010 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2010

Bedford TT  Sucess!

Showers were in the area but they held off. Had a great meal at Good Fellas Cafe in Corona. CA P4k 2/16, CA cohp 16/58


Luciano136 - Nov 18, 2010 1:58 pm Date Climbed: Nov 17, 2010

Holy Jim lower part - Road upper part  Sucess!

I never really made the time to hike to the top of this peak but finally did yesterday. Just over 3h to the top and just over 2.5h down. Went faster than expected. I couldn't immediately find the upper portion of the trail and took the fireroad for the remaining few miles to the top. Only saw 2 other people on the trail when I was almost back to the car. Beautiful day!


catalyst81 - Oct 4, 2010 8:20 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2009

Harding Truck Trail route  Sucess!

Did this as training for Mt. Whitney. I think I'd rather do it via Holy Jim trail next time. My shoes were too small and my feet were dying by the time I finished.


Diggler - Jun 4, 2010 2:07 pm Date Climbed: Nov 14, 2009

Gem in the rough  Sucess!

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!


mrchad9 - May 9, 2010 4:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2005

From Trabuco Canyon  Sucess!

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.


cab - Feb 22, 2010 1:25 pm Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2010

Holy Jim  Sucess!

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.


Diggler - Jun 4, 2010 1:54 pm

Re: Drive Up

Does this count?? :)


Robb - Jan 25, 2010 3:26 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2010

Holy Jin Trail  Sucess!

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.

Sam Page

Sam Page - Jan 18, 2010 8:44 pm Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2010

Holy Jim Trail  Sucess!

Went with SoCal Hikers and Peakbaggers. Here is my trip report.


NavySeabee - Dec 7, 2009 12:37 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2009

Santiago-Modjeska via Holy Jim  Sucess!

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.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Apr 10, 2009 1:22 am Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2009

Lots of Mountain Biking  Sucess!

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!!


SoCalHiker - Apr 2, 2009 1:24 pm Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009

Holy Jim  Sucess!

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.


gimpilator - Mar 11, 2009 6:23 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2009

Holy Jim  Sucess!

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.


farrisgl - Mar 9, 2009 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2002

Good change of venue once in a while  Sucess!

While I prefer Baldy as a training hike, this is a nice change of pass every year or so.

Dartmouth Hiker

Dartmouth Hiker - Sep 28, 2008 8:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2008

Great warmup for San G  Sucess!

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!


sskeep - Sep 9, 2008 10:04 pm Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2007

Twin Peaks Ultra  Sucess!

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


Tracy - Jun 14, 2008 8:39 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2008

from Trabuco Peak - CA cohp #9  Sucess!

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 :).

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