moreno valley, CA
Pathfinder | 60 pts
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?