Archive for July, 2010

Holy Jim Trail

Today I hiked the Holy Jim trail.  Or part of it anyway.  This is the most popular way to reach the top of Saddleback mountain (or more correctly, Santiago Peak).  I wasn’t expecting to make it to the peak, and so of course I didn’t.  Next time!  I did hike somewhere around 9 or 10 miles, round trip.

Santiago Peak

You can see one of the radio towers on top of the peak in this picture (click to embiggen), which is from right about where I turned around.  I’d done 2000 feet of elevation gain at this point, and the peak would’ve been another 1000 and several more miles.

Holy Jim Falls

The highlight of the hike was Holy Jim falls.  Who knew there was an actual waterfall in Orange County?  And it even flows in the middle of summer! At least this year when there was lots of rain.

This was my favorite sight of the whole trip though, from the drive out to the trail on a very, very bumpy road.  The mist rolling over the valley and the sun just starting to peak through was spectacular.  I had to stop and get out to take pictures.  I don’t think they turned out very well though.  This is the best of the bunch, it’s the only one where you can really see all the hills going back.

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Bridge to Nowhere

I hiked out to this place last weekend.  About 10 miles round trip, maybe 11, I had to backtrack a couple of times.  This bridge was built in the 30s as part of a road that was going to cut through Angeles National Forest.  A flood washed the road out before it was completed, and the project was abandoned, but the bridge still stands, reachable only on foot.  Today the bridge itself is owned by a bungie jumping company, who lead trips to it on weekends.  You can see someone dangling down there; watching people jump off this bridge was lots of fun.

I’m also using this post to test geotagging features on the site.  There should be an embedded Google Map below with the bridge’s location, and the new Map page for the site should show markers for all geo-tagged posts, including this one and a few random others I went and tagged.

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