Holy Jim Falls Trail

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Holy Jim Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile round trip located near Trabuco Canyon, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking & walking and is accessible year-round. (Drive out Trabuco Creek Road to get to trailhead.)

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Trace the Ace (322)

13 Completed8 Reviews

Not difficult. A little rocky and uneven in places. Watch out for low hanging tree limbs. Wild figs and oak trees line this semi shaded and very pretty hiking trail. The trail follows a now dry Creek bed and is a gentle uphill incline to the waterfall which is now barely a trickle due to the drought. Aprox 3 miles round trip from the parking lot. We were thrilled to see wild turkey, but had to fight off bugs & eye gnats most of the way. Bug spray a must. Poison oak, poison oak, poison oak! It's everywhere, lining most of the trail, be careful.
A pretty rough dirt road takes you to the parking lot. Suv or truck is best. Roadworks (rebuilding a bridge) halfway up the dirt road, before you reach the parking lot. Porta-potty in parking lot where you'll find a stationary map and signage on where to go. A dozen or so 1930's summer cabins line the road for the first quarter mile or so, before you see the actual trail head.
Lots of lizards, birdlife and butterflies :)

Jae B (2025)

53 Completed47 Reviews

Christina Sanchez (234)

27 Completed2 Reviews

Easy hike. If you come here looking for raging waterfall then I would just say that late spring may not be the best time. I have been told that late winter and early spring is a better time. Regardless, it is a nice hike. The drive in was a fun bumpy one. Plan on washing your car after.

Nicole Milligan (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Excellent Trail for Off Roading!

Lassen G. (156)

Michael Fischer (114)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Nice for the whole family. Not challenging by any means and the waterfall is more of a water-trickle, but a good starter for everyone.

Giul U. (81)

3 Completed3 Reviews

I took my SUV and scratch the right side of my car with tree branches (unhappy face). The road to get to the trial is a few miles long, bumpy and gets progressively worse as you get closer to the trail. I decided to park 1 mile away on the side of the road. You can get by without a truck/SUV.my friends took a Lexus CT hatchback and didnt scratch their car! No entrance fee

The hike is pretty and there is still water in the waterfall . We saw a snake, lizards, a huge ladybug nest, and several woodpeckers.

Will do it again, but will ask for a ride (hahaha)

Ryan Beaudoin (261)

12 Completed11 Reviews

Went on a Saturday. Didn't spend much time at the "falls" because of a giant loud family that took over the area.

Julio Carlos (37)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike lots of boulders to climb to get to waterfall.

Maira Vasquez (267)

6 Completed5 Reviews

This place was hard to get to, but well worth it. Beautiful scenery.

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