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SANTIAGO PEAK (STRENUOUS)

O: 20s30s40s SANTIAGO PEAK (STRENUOUS): 

16 mi R/T, 4500 ft gain hike to the summit of Santiago peak (Saddleback Mt.) via the Holy Jim trail. Hike to the highest peak in Orange County with a side trip to popular Holy Jim Falls. Regular pace uphill and brisk pace downhill. 

** High clearance vehicles are needed for the rough dirt road leading to the trailhead **. Please make carpool arrangements with other participants. The best way is to state on this page if you are offering a ride or need one (from the meeting point). 

Bring 4 qts of water, lunch, snacks, hat/cup, sunscreen, hiking shoes/boots and ten essentials. Rain cancels. 

Meet at 6:00 am at the North OC park & ride. Est. return time: 6:00 pm +- 30 min. Optional dinner afterwards at nearby restaurant (TBD).

Leader: Beto Pineda ([masked]).

Co-leader: Michelle Merton ([masked]).

** You must be approved by the leaders to attend this hike. Please sign up on the waiting list and answer the question(s) given **

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice pictures!

    1 · October 6, 2013

    • George W.

      Yeah, Ramin, I thought yours turned out well, and you took so many.

      October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, George.

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • Beto

    great group! breezy day!

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Beto

      maybe "breezy" was an understatement :)

      October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time yesterday!

    2 · October 6, 2013

  • Igor V.

    It was awesome, one of my dreams came true :)

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Neda S.

    I had a great day, thank you Beto and Michelle for this hike. It was nice to meet all you guys again. Welcome Igor, Luree to our group. Marlene it was nice meeting you as well.

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • Ryan H

    You guys are part billy goat. This one is beyond my capabilities.

    October 4, 2013

    • Beto

      Come on Ryan

      October 4, 2013

    • Ryan H

      Too hot and too far. Sadly I am not in good enough shape for a hike of this magnitude. Bummer the Santa Ana's decided to blow through on you guys.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am next in line...just need to get in someones high clearance vehicle, please. And I have done this hike three times previously.

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Igor, that would be great. Where should I meet you?

      October 4, 2013

    • Igor V.

      I am planning to go to the meetup place with everyine else at the "north oc park and ride" my car is going to be black nissan frontier crew cab

      October 4, 2013

  • Beto

    for the folks on the waiting list, who's next in line?

    October 3, 2013

  • Brenda

    I might be up for this. Let me know of there are spots. I did the 14 mile 3 Ts last weekend. it was rough. I usually work this weekend.Govt. shut us down.

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Beto

    ** the hike is on. The Holy Jim trail is no closed ( http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/cleveland/news-events/?cid=STELPRDB5437928 ) **

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • Beto

    ** I just called the rangers at the Cleveland nat. forest. They still don't know if the area where we're going will be closed to the public. They're waiting for orders from Washington. I'll call back later (I hope they'll answer the phone) and give you an update **

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was afraid of that!

      October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      BTW, I will meet you at the trailhead.

      October 1, 2013

  • Beto

    We're good. We can put up 4 peeps in each car. And Ramin is taking his motorcycle.

    September 30, 2013

  • George W.

    So adding up Igor, Beto, and Michelle, we have carpools for 9 out of the 12 attendees. Almost there...

    September 30, 2013

  • Igor V.

    I have room for three more in my Frontier

    September 30, 2013

  • Beto

    Lisa is carpooling with me. I have room for 3 more.

    September 30, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    I can take 4 people in my Forester if need be.

    September 30, 2013

  • George W.

    Hi All, So who's planning to meet at the OC Park & Ride? Who has a high clearance vehicle and is willing to drive? If memory serves, the dirt road to the trailhead has only a couple of spots that are deeply rutted, but my little convertible is definitely unable to pass those sections. I've seen Honda Accords up there, but an SUV with high clearance will definitely fare better.

    September 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Igor, so I'll be counting on you :) Could you please send the exact address for the park and ride? I have not done this before, I am guessing there is parking at the park & ride..?

      September 29, 2013

    • Beto

      We're meeting at the North OC park & ride (see address given above) and carpooling from there. You can meet us at the trailhead at 7:15 if you live close to Trabuco canyon. I strongly recommend driving in a SUV or truck. 4WD is not needed. Only high clearance.

      September 29, 2013

  • Neda S.

    I need to carpool as well.

    September 29, 2013

  • Neda S.

    Hi guys, I need the carpool as well. Igor could you consider me in your car please?

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    :( Will be out of town. Boo!

    September 29, 2013

    • Beto

      next time!

      September 29, 2013

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