Holy Jim Trail

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Holy Jim Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 570 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

10 days ago

The drive to the parking lot is a long drive on a dirt/gravel road but once there it's a beautiful hike!

13 days ago

16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. A few years ago we went in spring, The waterfall was beautiful and the stream was full. I went last weekend 7/30/16 it was bone dry. Tons of bugs but still a beautiful hike! It has tons of shade so if you're looking to get out and hike in the heat of summer it's a good pick. Get ready to off-road for a while to get out to the parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, mostly shaded. The trek back was a little bumpy because it is a dirt road but there were places to park and walk a couple of miles from the parking lot. When I went in May the falls were just a trickle (probably due to the drought) but still worth the hike. Definitely a fun trail!!

2 months ago

The FALLS are dried up, other than that it's a nice trail with lots of greenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Had fun off roading a bit to get to the trail head! Smaller cars can make it, but be prepared to go very slow. An SUV is definitely recommended and more fun. I parked in the lot and walked past the old houses, but you can keep driving on the trail past the houses and park by the fire house. This time of year the trail was very dry, hot, and lots of bugs. Take extra water! Most of the creek crossings were dried up and hosts to tons of bees. I was actually only 5 min away from the "waterfall" which other hikers said was a small trickle.. I came to a creek crossing that had about 50 bees swarming. I decided not to chance running through so I turned around and went back. I wouldn't return to do this hike again until Spring.

2 months ago

It was a pretty hike, not much water this time of year. Would like to do it again after some rain. The drive in is a bit rough.

3 months ago

a short, easy, and pretty hike with a small waterfall at the end! a lot of bugs though and you have to offroad about 5 miles or so to get to the trail head so come in a car suitable for that!

hiking
3 months ago

Once you get to the trail head it's beautiful! But be warned. You need a car with a high clearance. I almost left my bumper up there. I won't go again without a truck or suv.

3 months ago

1.) Take bug spray. Due to the drying creek there are many flying critters. 2.) Taking a sedan is not recommended especially if it rides low. The terrain is tough and you can easily hit or scrape the bottom of your car. 3.) Taking that sedan and parking it at the lower parking will add close to 2 miles walking distance to your trail walk. I took my 10 year old son and would definitely recommend it as a beginners trail. take lots of water. Don't underestimate any trail. and most importantly thanks to the young ladies that gave us a ride after! You are the best!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Amazing hike!!! Great for dogs!! So green and beautiful!

4 months ago

This was a good hike. It took just a few hours out and back to the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Very pleasant weather and nice hike with a beautiful view of the Holy Jim Falls at the end

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Like it.

4 months ago

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.