Holy Jim Canyon Trail

MODERATE 334 reviews
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Holy Jim Canyon Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Corona, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
570 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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 Holy Jim Falls is a chapel in the brush.

1 day ago

Fun :)

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16 days ago

Fun little shaded hike. Watch out for bees!

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24 days ago

Nice sun cover, watch for poison ivy. Fun approach!

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1 month ago

Nice hike up the mountain. The road to get there is a dirt/gravel road about 4 miles long until you reach the parking lot. First portion of the trail takes you down the residential cabin road until you get to the trail head. The falls were... disappointing as they were just a trickle, but we did go at the end of September. We did see a group 4-5 woodpeckers which was cool.

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3 months ago

I enjoyed this trail, but the road to get to the destination is pretty terrible. 3-4 mile dirt road with potholes and rocks. The waterfall was pretty dried out. We went in late July. Probably won't give this trail another go.

3 months ago

So fun the trail was beautiful and had a nice swing at the end. Not sure if it'll be there for long but I had a blast

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