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Holy Jim trail/Falls and Santiago Peak (Intermediate Plus/Advanced!)

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PLEASE RSVP IF YOU ARE READY FOR THIS (Not a 1st Hike to try out with the group, try some local conditioning hikes or answer 2 questions to join) INDICATE IF YOU HAVE A HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE AND OFFER CARPOOL. THANKS

Difficulty: Moderate-Fast Pace Hike! (Advanced for distance and elevation)

Pace: 2-2.5+mph uphill and 3-3.5+ mph downhill

Distance: 16+ miles

Elevation: 4000+-ft

Duration: 5-7 hours

Requires: HCV and Adventure Pass (carpool recommended)

Meet at Cook's Corner to leave: 6:15AM (early avoiding the heat)

SPECIAL NOTES: See driving directions below, VERY LIMITED PARKING SPACES at the trailhead, almost 5 miles drive on the bumpy dirt road, meet at Cook's Corner at 6:15AM for carpooling

Adventure Pass is required to park your car at the trailhead. You can purchase the pass online or at any sport store near you.

What to bring: wear hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring water, snacks and pack a light lunch. There is warning about poison oak on the trails. 10 hiking Essentials (

Route: After 1/2 hour driving through the bumpy dirt road on the HCV, you'll start hiking at 7:00AM from the parking lot all the way up to the peak then back down to the Waterfalls and back to the car. Extra hike 1 mile RT to Falls Canyon (a little rocks scrambling, but it's fun) More here:

About this hike: Santiago is the highpoint of Orange County in Southern California, the highest peaks of Orange County is at 5687 ft. It lies along the crest of the Santa Ana Mountains, a coastal chain located southeast of the greater Los Angeles area. It is often referred to as Saddleback which refers to the skyline profile formed between it and nearby Modjeska Peak. There are various fire roads that approach the peak from all directions, and some more inviting trails that make it nearly to the summit as well. The Holy Jim Trail is probably the most scenic route to the top. The terrain is mostly chaparral, typical of the southern California mountain landscape, with stands of oaks and sycamores found in the deeper canyons with seasonal water flow . The top of the peak is crowned with one of the densest arrays of telecommunications equipment found anywhere in the state - there is no single location for sweeping 360 views. By walking around the various installations in about a quarter mile radius, one can see views in all directions covering five counties and a large portion of the southern California area - from Catalina and San Clemente Islands out in the Pacific Ocean, south to Mt. Palomar, east to San Jacinto Peak and the desert environ, north to the San Bernadino Mountains and San Gorgonio, and of course the ever-popular hundreds upon hundreds of square miles of urban sprawl all around. Use this map to find more about this trail:[masked]&FORM=MMREDR and here is the topo map of the Holy Jim trail:

Directions: If you are approaching from points north you should either exit the 55 freeway at Chapman and head east or Interstate 5 at Jamboree heading north. Where Jamboree and Chapman intersect in east Orange (gas and market) you will either go straight if coming from the 55 on Chapman or turn right if coming up Jamboree on to Santiago Canyon Road. Follow Santiago Canyon Road for just less than 13 miles to Live Oak Canyon Road. You will be turning left here. There is a popular road house for the "Harley crowd" here at this intersection known as Cook's Corner. If approaching from the south exit off Interstate 5 at El Toro Road and go north for about 7.5 miles to this same interection. You will be turning right here.

REMINDER: ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings*** > YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS. > YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***