35 miles
7,463 ft
-7,466 ft
1 miles
High Point

This is one of the best loops in the Santa Ana's. Great climb up to the top of Santiago Peak followed by descents of Upper and Lower Holy Jim Canyon trails.

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag konarider112 (Mar 17, 2016 at 20:16)
 This loop is redic. I fried in the blazing sun for 5.5 hours on the climb. The sun was actually so strong that my helmet lost its color. Descent was pretty cool but there was a shit load of brush scratching the bejesus out of my arms and face and legs. If you want to suffer on the climb for kind of an okay descent and mostly dirt road riding, then this is for you.

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Harding/Holy Jim Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    913 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,023 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,020 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    16 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 4 (1 votes)
Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail transparency
Speedy On Live Oak
Speedy On Live Oak
2:31 | 68 | comments: 2 | favs:
Dec 15, 2015
Lower Holy Jim Trail
Lower Holy Jim Trail
4:21 | 778 | comments: 0 | favs:
Nov 29, 2014
Fun day on the trail

Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Harding Truck Trail
Sep 22, 2018 @ 9:50am
Sep 22, 2018
Re-Opened after prior closure holy fire closure. Confirmed by calling Cleveland National Forest (Trabuco ranger district) on 9/17/2018
Main Divide (Four Corners to Santiago Peak)
Sep 1, 2018 @ 11:32am
Sep 1, 2018
Closed due to Holy Fire. No ETA for reopening listed by USFS reporter
Upper Holy Jim
Aug 18, 2018 @ 10:35pm
Aug 18, 2018
Closed due to Holy Fire
Lower Holy Jim
Aug 18, 2018 @ 10:31pm
Aug 18, 2018
Closed due to Holy Fire
Main Divide (Four Corners to Motorway)
Oct 15, 2016 @ 8:24pm
Oct 15, 2016
VERY DRY. Sections contain deep sand/silt beds from non-use due to previous fire damage. Aside from a few deep sandy section the trail is in good shape. Watch for fire damage and please stay on the designated trail.
more reports »
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