Holy Jim Falls Trail

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Holy Jim Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silverado, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 570 feet Out & Back
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This may be Orange County's most popular family hike despite the washboarded road leading to it. Nature was profaned here by the swear words flooding from the mouth of "Cussin' Jim" Smith or "Holy Jim" as he was renamed by tightlaced government surveyors who mapped the canyon in the early 1900s. Another bit of history marks the place: the last wild California Grizzly -- an old bear named "the honey thief" -- was killed at the mouth of Trabuco Canyon after robbing beehives here in 1907. Heavy winter rains are essential to a pleasant journey. Along the way, you will see many small cascades and cross the stream several times before you reach the split where the main trail ascends to the Main Divide Road to the left and the trail to the waterfall shoots off to the right. Watch for poison oak as you scramble over the last quarter of a mile to the twenty foot falls. This may not sound like much, but I assure you: Holy Jim Falls is a chapel in the brush.

Lea Chua
37 minutes ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Early morning hike. 6 am
Rough off road trail, cold in the morning.
Need layers of clothes and good hiking shoes.
Cool fresh air, Lots of trees and wild plants, birds singing and lots of small water streams along the way.
Very shaded trail, lots of things to see.

Jennifer Wilson
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Weikun Xu
3 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Like it.

Jillian Savoy
3 days ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Don't worry about the road. We parked back and walked 2 miles to the trailhead just to find out the car would have made it back there just fine.

Robert Morris
9 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Nice hike from the trail head but twice as long to get get there sharing the trail with 4x4 trucks and dirt bikes. Dusty and crowded on the weekend with the traffic. Moderately easy hike but not a quiet get away.

Josh Meyers
24 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Great out and back hike. The drive to the trail-head is far more difficult than the hike itself. As others have mentioned, the road to the trail-head is a dirt road that is full of very small to large craters.

The hike follows the stream that ultimately originates from the fall. We went on a Saturday and only ran into a few other people while hiking. Excellent hike

John Pikus
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

fun little day hike.

Bradley Solomon
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Lots of shade and running water. Fun and easy hike.

HikingGuy .com
1 month ago

33 Completed29 Reviews

Great family friendly hike.

Kayte Turner
1 month ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

I hadn't done this trail since I was in my teens. From where you park your car to the fall and back is closer to 4 miles round trip, not 3, according to my Fitbit. The trail is uphill the majority of your way to the fall and there's some VERY light climbing you have to do. We went on a Friday and there were a few other people on the trail. My dad and I had a great time and would definitely do it again!

Crystal Knight
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Fun but rough ride out there. Take a jeep! If you have a tendency to get car sick, this will make you car sick. Good fun once we got there.

RJ manalastas
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

1st timer on the trail. Great to take the kids but be sure to educated them on identifying poison oak. It's all over the trail route. Beautiful weather, many stream crossings. Yes, u need bug spray for the pesky nats.

Giul U.
2 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

Cynthia Oliver-Smith
2 months ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Millet Rodulfa
2 months ago

42 Completed4 Reviews

The trail was very easy anyone can do it. but driving to Trabuco Creek Rd was painful.. theres a lot of pot holes in the dirt road.. you need a 4 x 4 vehicle...

Carol Segal
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Took the hike today ... Had a little trouble finding Trabuco creek road (it looks like a dirt turnout off Trabuco canyon road and is before you get to Trabuco oak road) .... But had a great time once we got to the trail. The road up is washboardy and full of some nasty potholes... But our Chevy Equinox made it just fine with careful driving. The trail was lovely ... The creek was flowing and frogs were singing. Saw just a few birds ... Acorn woodpecker, dark eyed junco, wrentits and two turkeys who looked like they were volunteering to do valet parking in the parking lot. It is an easy and fun hike .... Would be great for kids! Have fun!!

Lindsey Morales
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Loved this hike . We took our 5 month old and our 8 year old . Simple enough for everyone. There were a lot of people and when you get to the falls it gets kind of tight, because there isn't a ton of room . Lots of water throughout the trail. I'm not sure if it's always like that , it rained yesterday. The road getting to the trailhead was very rough , and a TON of potholes, like everywhere! We drove our wrangler .

elizabeth Ostgaard
3 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful hike. I've done this hike in the middle of the night and twice in between sun rise and sun set, all three were amazing and a wonderful 7-9 hour break from the busy world.

elizabeth Ostgaard
3 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful hike. I've done this hike in the middle of the night and twice in between sun rise and sun set, all three were amazing and a wonderful 7-9 hour break from the busy world.

elizabeth Ostgaard
3 months ago

1 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful hike. I've done this hike in the middle of the night and twice in between sun rise and sun set, all three were amazing and a wonderful 7-9 hour break from the busy world.