Although not the highest peak in Southern california, it is the Highest Peak in Orange County. There are several wide, dirt fire roads to the top, but the quickest is from Silverado canyon. From the top one can see most of Southern California, including the mountains at the Mexican Border. What makes this mountain special is that there are no peaks over 4000 feet within 40-50 miles, so you get an un-obstructed view for 360 degrees!

Elevation (feet): 5,687
Elevation (meters): 1,733
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: California
Latitude: 33.7103
Longitude: -117.533
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Year first climbed: ?
First successful climber(s): John Muir
Nearest major airport: John Wayne
Convenient Center: Silverado

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 11 trip reports for Santiago.

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  • Log #21787 - by EnFuego on Oct 12, 2009
    Started at 8:15am at the Holy Jim Trail-head along Trabuco Creek. In short order, made the Main Divide Road. Trail up to this point was pleasant, saw many birds and not much else. Walked the Main...
  • Log #15861 - by Bret Barrett on July 06, 2004
    I drove to the top in a 1975 Honda Civic with three other friends and my dog. Started up from Silverado Canyon road just because the gate happened to be open one day.
  • Log #15862 - by Erik Stein & Lindsay Yakimovich on July 05, 2004
    Finally made this trip! The Holy Jim trail is one of my favorites in SoCal, and this was a fairly nice day to travel it. However, there was a lot of smog and haze typical of a summer day (I guess it...
  • Log #15863 - by James Lenthall on July 14, 2003
    Because it's there. That's the best reason to climb Holy Jim to Santiago Peak. That and the view. Pray for clear weather for the reward at the top.
  • Log #15864 - by Scott McKenzie on June 20, 2003
    We regularly run the Harding Truck Trail, Main Divide Truck Trail route (~28 miles round trip) in an easy 4.25 hours. I have the course record for the Challenge race on this same route documented in...
  • Log #15866 - by Fred Aono on Jan 21, 2003
    Three of us started the hike from the fire house at 9:30 am and made it to the antennas at 2:15 pm. Took alot of breaks on the way up to keep 2-10 year old boys energized. Rushed back down in just...
  • Log #15867 - by cheepd8 on June 03, 2002
    Nice hike. Took Holy Jim Trail to Main Divide Rd. As the weather begins to warm, start the hike early. Be sure to stop @ Cook's Corner for nourishment & refeshment(s) when your hike is complete!!
  • Log #15871 - by Scott & Juli Rinefort on Mar 10, 2002
    Ran up & down via the Holy Jim Trail. First time for both of us up this local, majestic mountain. The 4,000' elevation gain is a good test. Tough switchbacks, and then a sun-exposed fire road...
  • Log #15868 - by Robert Leak on Sep 08, 2001
    mThe hike from the Joplin Boys' Ranch to Old Camp was wonderful. And then going up the Joplin Trail was even better. I saw a lot of big cone spruces and then I was walking through the oak forest,...
  • Log #15869 - by John O'Brien on July 09, 2001
    Reached summit through the well marked and maintained Holy Jim Trail: note park at wide circle lot where CNF sign is posted (just past the volunteer fire department bldg.) and hike up the upper dirt...
  • Log #15870 - by Phillip Morgan on June 20, 2001
    Santiago is an awesome training peak my friend and I did it in 4 hours with a 5 minute break every 30 minutes..We hiked the Holy Jim route and it was awesome with the first couple of miles under...