Holy Jim Canyon Trail

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Holy Jim Canyon Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately 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
675 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.

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2 days ago

hey Becca, you wild minx...
How was the waterfall and the pool at the end of the trail? Is the water still running? Trickle? Torrent? Thinking of going tomorrow. Was wondering how much water there is now.

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2 days ago

Love this trail, been going since I was a teen & have taken our son since he was 7 years old. Have seen snakes, frogs/tadpoles, birds & bugs.

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17 days ago

Great hike, nice scenery, and don't forget the bug spray. Took 5 kids ranging from 3 to 11 and everyone made it there and back. Some scrapes and slips, but that's what kids do, right? Waterfall and pool were both a little low this time of year but better than they've been in times past at this time of the year. Usually runs a little cooler in the canyon but it did seem match the temp in the rest of the oc this hot summer day. I love Holy Jim. The drive out, the great trail, the waterfall. It all makes for a great day hike and family experience if thats your thing.

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18 days ago

Great hike all around. Very busy path. It's highly recommended to bring bug spray.

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19 days ago

It was a nice place! Beautiful!

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19 days ago

Decided to check out Holy Jim Falls for an early 4th of July hike. I had hiked to it about 2 months ago when it was really flowing so I wanted to see if the falls was still going strong or not.

The creek is definitely down, but still flowing and the falls itself is a little smaller, but still going strong.

Lots of bugs, but thankfully we remembered the bug spray.

Still a great hike for all levels of experience.

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1 month ago

It was a pretty nice hike I'd say the hardest part was getting to the trail from the road. About 3 miles of unpaved road which is fine, I was just driving a smaller car so I had some trouble. It's a mostly shaded trail, lots and lots of flies and mosquitoes this time of year but getting to the waterfall at the end is beautiful.

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1 month ago

Love this trail!

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1 month ago

This trail is excellent in the heat. It's largely under cover and ends at a beautiful waterfall, it's got moderate traffic and the most difficult part of it is getting to the trail head. If you are geocaching this trail be sure to save the caches offline ahead of time.

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1 month ago