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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Bruce German (477)

8 Completed2 Reviews

Not a bad hike at all, didn't do the divide just went straight to the falls. It was nice and cool 'cause of the shade. The fall didn't have a lot of water running though. Still nice.

Thu Pham (107)

2 Completed2 Reviews

You definitely need a car that can handle off roading. We borrowed a big truck and it was super bumpy driving in, we had to go slow due to the bumps in the road and an occasional car headed in the opposite direction. Unfortunately I didn't do enough research before the hike and re prematurely parked our car about half a mile or a mile before reaching the actual PARKING LOVE. Nonetheless, we had a great time walking in the shade. I brought my husky on this hike and she loved it. A great easy hike for beginners like myself.

Daniel Valles (300)

10 Completed5 Reviews

Really fun hike! The waterfall is not the biggest but the hike itself is really great. I don't recommend driving the road in your car, unless you hate your car, find someone to let you borrow their truck.

Christian Almen (53)

1 Completed1 Reviews

fun trail

Bryn Horst (184)

11 Completed2 Reviews

beautiful hike the falls felt AMAZING. The information says 2.8 miles but I have a pedometer that measures distance as well as steps and it reported roughly 3.25 miles one way from parking lot to falls and the same on the way back. I'm not sure if the 2.8 miles reported is the round trip length or the one way but either way it is way short. Also the ENTIRE 3.25 miles in is up hill and the last 1.25 is ridiculously steep, I messed up my back a like a week or 2 ago and needed to stop A LOT on the way up. wear good shoes and bring PLENTY of water, between my boyfriend and I we went through 6 bottles round trip but we also went on a 90° day which I don't recommend as when you get past the cabins there isn't much shade. All in all it was beautiful and lots of fun just next time I wouldn't do it with an even slightly hurting back

Nik Malenovic (46)

1 Completed1 Reviews

you really need a high clearance vehicle for this one. probably a suspension job afterwards too. can be navigated with low clearance vehicle (ie a passenger car) extremely carefully and slowly at a 40 minute pace for the 5 mile dirt road. hike is easy and good for kids but does require a 1:30 roundtrip so plan accordingly. no networks signal in the canyon like environment. parking at the trailhead can get crowded.

liz c. (112)

Was fun went with my dog.Meet some nice people on the trail.
Was still some snow on the ground.Dont go after it rains.
very mudding.

Shauna Jacquot-Bradley (77)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great for kids and dogs. Our almost 5 year old son 2 year old daughter had a blast. We had a picnic at the waterfall and headed back. Our dog did well but lots of unfriendly dogs on the trail so keep them close.

Marnie Ravitch (620)

19 Completed19 Reviews

Easy, fun hike along creek. Small waterfall/pool at end of trail. Only negative point was too many screaming kids poorly supervised and several dogs off their leashes. My mom was practically mauled by a St. Bernard because it was attracted to her cane. It almost knocked her down. The owner didn't apologize or help get the dog off my mom. For those of you who think it's cruel to keep your dog on a leash, please consider the rights of the people on the trail who prefer not to come in contact with your dog. It's terrifying to round a corner only to find a huge dog staring back at you with no leash or owner in sight. It's not fair to do to others. Each time I've been bitten, it's been by a dog who "never bit anyone before" as if it's my fault! Very frustrating. I only mention all this because for some reason, there were a LOT of unleashed dogs on this trail and it just about ruined our day there.

Aurora Molina (247)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Went there yesterday. No river water, fall was a trinkle and the tree tunnel I really wanted to see has been half way cut down so it doesn't look like a tunnel at all. Still a good trail though. Good scenery. Very nice and shaded all the way. Make sure you use/take bug spray. Tons of flies/nats/bugs.
Can't wait to go back in the spring :)