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Initially it's very easy with very little incline. There's a few little side trails you can go on which are unmarked. It can be mildly dangerous because of all the rocks. At the end of the trail, it dumps you into this cool rock formation but you can also go and climb up to the top of other ones. I climbed up onto a ridge beside the creek and had a great view of the valley. It's relatively short and kid-friendly. You can also avoid paying for parking by parking at the supermarket but you didn't here it from me!
this hike was pretty cool. we only went as far as the first major waterfall, about 2 miles in. the trail is overgrown but you can see where it is. at this time you will have to cross streams a few times. wear long pants. its beautiful. go while there is water.
Just an FYI for anyone who doesn't follow the Trabuco Ranger District closure page. This road is now limited to residents only due to several severe mud slides yesterday that took the road out and buried several cars. According to the TRS (Trabuco ranger station) this road will be closed until further notice and access to Holy Jim/ Horsethief Canyon will be limited to North Main Divide road (which is also closed for the winter) so as of now, Holy Jim is inaccessible from either direction.
Great trail for me because I live in OC not far from Silverado cyn. which is basically the beginning of Maple Springs rd. Be mindful driving through the town it's a tight 2 lane road for most of it. After quite a ways in you come to the trailhead where there's a parking lot and a porta-potty and a white gate. Sometimes gate is locked depending on fire danger or threat of rain. You can always check online or call ranger for gate status. If open you can continue and the road is paved for a bit and mostly narrow with a few water crossings if it's been raining. Then all of a sudden the blacktop ends and now it's Maple Springs truck trail. Part way up there's a crazy hairpin turn (look for a huge boulder on your left and a huge crazy looking dead tree laying on the hillside also on the left just after the big rock) if you park by the boulder off the trail and look down in the canyon you'll see a truck that apparently lost it an went over the edge while coming down...it just kinda puts it all in perspective, you know? I look out for this turn every time coming down and still to this day get it close to the edge on the way down. Keep going up and there's a good size clearing and a great spot to watch the sunset. Continue on up and after passing through another gate you will meet up with Main divide rd.
***Go right it goes up to Santiago and Modjeska peaks (great views from the top). Continue past peaks and you hit Indian truck trail (white gate) which if you go left it will take you to the 15 fwy in Corona or continue further on Main divide and it goes all the way to the 74 Ortega hwy. close to Elsinore.
***If you turn left on Main divide it goes northwest up the ridge and there's one more trail out this way called Bedford motorway which goes down and past a golf course at the end and dumps you close to the 15 fwy also in Corona. If you keep going past Bedford for a good ways there's a cool old "chimney house" ruins of someone's home from long ago called Beeks place. We saw a deer one night over in this area. I have a 4WD Jeep and obviously have no problem...dirt road is very rocky in spots and some ruts but a 2wd truck with a little extra clearance will get you thru with a little know how.
The ACTUAL Trabuco Canyon Trail is gorgeous. The track that is depicted here is for Trabuco Creek Road, the horrible road to the trail head. Literally. The end of this road/track is the trail head. Then take the trail 1.7 miles where it splits. Trabuco Canyon Trail is to the right, Horsethief trail to your left. if doing the loop, go UP Horsetheif and down Trabuco. Horsethief has a lot of sun exposure, no shade, steep and lots of loose rock (sketchy on way down). Trabuco Canyon trail is primarily under the gorgeous trees, although some exposure. Seriously, this track should be removed. it is not helpful to anyone.
I wouldn't consider this a hiking trail by any means. There is nothing natural about this trail. You hike along inaccessible private property, share a dusty road with off road vehicles, not forgetting to mention trash on the side of the road. Pictures are deceptive because they don't represent what the hike actually is. This trail should be closed to hikers because it's somewhat dangerous, off-road vehicles to watch for as well as the sheer amount of dust you will inhale.
James T. on Santiago Peak Trail
Great hike. There are pretty views out toward Trabuco Canyon, and a lot of steady climbing. This can be a long day, and a hot dry trail - take more water than you think you need.