Santiago Peak Holy Jim Trail

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Santiago Peak Holy Jim Trail is a 15.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Really fun and interesting trail! Hard trail for someone who isn't in good physical condition moderate for those who are

3 days ago

off road driving
6 days ago

Great trail!

24 days ago

25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

27 days ago

Awesome hike/run finished in 3hrs 40min 26km to the waterfall.. to the top and back down.. doing the loop as well..

28 days ago

It was a great accomplishment for our group.. Round trip was 18.75 miles .. bring lots of water and try to avoid the warm days.. only bad part was top 2 miles had tons (thousands) of flying bugs..we did the switch back and the trees provided needed shade.. great views on the climb up..

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. It's actually not too bad. Once you get to the Great Divide (road), you can go left up to the peak or right to the Holy Jim Trail. If you choose to go right, the Holy Jim trail is a little ways down to the left and kind of hidden (look for a pile of rocks). This way is a bit steeper but manageable. View on top is not 360 degrees so you kind of have to walk around, choose a view, and try to find a shady spot to take a break. Not to mention, there's thousands of nats and ladybugs bugging you. But overall, great views as you're going up and down.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

off road driving
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The road to the trailhead is closed aprox 2 miles prior. This will add an additional 4 miles to your hike. Be sure to plan. The water flow is pretty steady and the waterfall is gorgeous. Expect crowds at lower elevations. Watch out for mountain bikers and dual sport bikes. Gorgeous views to the east with snow capped mountains. Visibility to the west is very limited and no ocean views because of winter weather.

4 months ago

5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trails, very peaceful and empty. Top of the mountain is used a telecom site, so noise and antennas ruin the view from the peak a little bit. LONG hike, gets dark early in the canyon, so plan to set out in the morning.