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    Palm Springs, California

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    Belmont Shore, CA
    Trailblazer | 672 pts
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    9/16/2012
    Good hike and a great workout. You are climbing the entire time up, but never so challenging that it stops your tempo. If the summit was approachable without the fire road, this would have been a 4 or 5 star trip. The road had two dirt bikes, a few mountainbikes and a truck. Never felt dangerous, but not what you're looking for on an otherwise secluded hike. The access road is an adventure for a two wheel drive car and this was in the late summer when it had not rained in weeks. Excellent workout, would do it again.
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    moreno valley, CA
    Pathfinder | 60 pts
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    3/14/2008
    The access road to the trail head is bad but not as bad as I had heard. I drive a Focus Focus and yes there were a couple of sketchy moments but I made it to the trail head. In regards to the trail, it is very well marked but a couple of the mile markers are easy to miss on the way up. The first intersection I came across was a bit confusing. The sign that led to the right was marked Upper Holy Jim Trail. Had I not asked a fellow hiker I would have followed that and ended up way off course. He pointed out an unmarked trail directly in front of me. We're not sure how much this trail took off the overall hike but I'm guessing it couldn't have been more than a mile overall. The trail is directly in front of the drain pipe and passes over a downed tree. What I did enjoy about this unmarked trail was that it bypassed a majority of the trail where you have a pretty good chance of sharing the fire road with ATVs, dirt bikes and even the occasional passenger vehicle. The views were awesome from the top. Even though the low cloud cover prevented us from seeing the pacific and other low lying areas, the panoramic views of Mt. Baldy, San Gorgonio and Mt. San Jacinto was simply amazing. The summit took exactly 3 hours, yet my time did not start from the beginning of the trailhead but from the parking lot. On the way down it took a little under 2 hours and 40 minutes. All in all a great trail. Only problem was that the parking lot fills up very quickly. Some guides I had seen said the water from the creek is not potable yet we saw many people fishing along the creek. Maybe a water purification system would suffice?
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    Mission Viejo, CA
    Pathfinder | 140 pts
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    2/12/2007
    The trail from Holy Jim to Santiago Peak has many spectacular views as it climbs about 4000 feet or more. Vegetation includes wildflowers, chapparal, small streams, and stands of big leaf maples. I have made the trip twice and the best flowering is near the end of April to the start of May. Best part is the first two-thirds after which the small trail becomes a fire road. You continue the last one-third to say you made it! Views from the very top are not as good as expected and flying insects are incredible in their numbers. You will head down quickly! Great hike, though. I felt it was tougher than Marion Campground to Mt. San Jacinto.
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    Laguna Beach, CA
    Adventurer | 240 pts
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    11/11/2006
    It is a fun trail. Unfortunately it was a little bit cloudy and I could not see the shore from the summit. The Holly Jim Trail was fun and scenic. I gave it a four because of the trucks and ATV-s on the Main Divide Road.
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    Cowan Heights, CA
    Pathfinder | 184 pts
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    8/30/2004
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    Bellflower, CA
    Explorer | 51 pts
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    7/26/2004
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    Trail Information

    Palm Springs
    Nearby City
    20
    Distance
    10,700 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Shuttle
    Trail Type
    Difficult
    Skill Level
    October-November
    Season
    At the time this guide was written, the last ride down from Mountain Station is 9:45 p.m. Visit pstramway.com or call 888-515-TRAM for more information.
    Local Contacts
    San Jacinto Peak, Palm Springs (7.5-minute), Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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