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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Stuart Z (306)

4 Completed4 Reviews

4 mile road of gravel and sand, did it on my hatchback Yaris. So, drive carefully and look out for pointy rocks or humps on the way. Trail is pretty easy but still narrow, lots of shrubbery so do bring a hat. There was a small amount of water at the end of the trail, enough for it to be rewarding.

Shawn E Bell (668)

8 Completed8 Reviews

A really simple, easy hike. Some years are better than others. This year, the water levels are a bit low, so "trickle" is the best description of the waterfall.

The road to the trailhead can be kinda tricky if you're not driving a vehicle with ground clearance, so be careful and drive appropriately - and don't be pressured by the idiots driving their trucks at a billion miles an hour and sliding around you; they'll get to their accident site well before you arrive.

Take water (don't drink from the trickle unless you've purified it first), wear appropriate shoes, and don't mess with the bees (they're virtually always grumpy and looking for a fight; if you ignore them they'll go find someone else to bother). I also recommend a hat - something more than a baseball cap, but less than a full wide-brim monstrosity that makes one look like the Flying Nun.

Be careful crossing the stream, it can be slippery and probably painful and embarrassing if the chick who slipped is any indication. Doesn't hurt to have a walking stick or trek poles.

Heather Ditfurth (68)

1 Completed1 Reviews

One of my favorite local trails better when the falls have water and its green but for it being hot summer I suggest this trail lots of trees for shade and my dog had fun!

Renee Norris (138)

2 Completed3 Reviews

Renee Norris (138)

2 Completed3 Reviews

The drive in was pretty bumpy after the area with construction , definitely not for low profile vehicles . The hike was fairly easy . Due to the time of year and the drought there was only a small trickle of water ( okay drip) for a waterfall . We took our 5 1/2 month old German Shephard puppy with us , she carried her pack with her water bottle and collapsible bowl. The residents are really nice that live at the base of the trail in . They had a cart with water and a coffee can to put change , or dollar bill singles in for a donation for the water . Thought that was a great idea as it was 95 deg out . It took us about 50 min to get the the " falls" it's fairly shady , lots of small gnats / bugs in the shadier places . The trail is well marked for hikers . Lots of wild fig trees along the trails edge and poison oak.

Chris Yragui (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

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 :)

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)