Holy Jim Falls/Trabuco Canyon Trail

Robinson Ranch, California

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The trek to Holy Jim Falls serves as a wonderful introduction to one of the nicest spots in the Santa Ana portion of the Cleveland National Forest. There is a spirited creek, an 18-foot cascade, a beautiful riparian canyon, and lovely oak woodlands. The falls may not be the largest, but their beauty is mesmerizing and a true escape from the urban landscape of Orange County.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

The trek to Holy Jim Falls serves as a wonderful introduction to one of the nicest spots in the Santa Ana portion of the Cleveland National Forest. There is a spirited creek, an 18-foot cascade, a beautiful riparian canyon, and lovely oak woodlands. The falls may not be the largest, but their beauty is mesmerizing and a true escape from the urban landscape of Orange County.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Robinson Ranch
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 675 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Late fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,375 feet
Local Contacts: Cleveland National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Santiago Peak
Topo Map: Holy Jim Falls/Trabuco Canyon Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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Recent Trail Reviews

4/19/2009

This easy scenic 2.8 mile historic hike to a waterfall makes Holy Jim Trail one of the most popular hikes in Orange County. Dog-friendly and kid-friendly, best in the spring season. (Date Hiked: March 14, 2009 and April 19, 2009.) Read the full trail write-up at: http://www.greeneadventures.com/2011/02/07/holy-jim-falls-one-of-orange-countys-best-known-hikes/

4/1/2008

This was a first time hike for my kids (ages 7 &11) We did the hike with a group of like 6 or 7 people I believe. It was definitely a workout but everyone had a great time. Bring water and perhaps a snack for when you reach the falls. At that time of year it was quite small but that's typical of southern california. Don't expect a rushing stream of water....Definitely worth the drive and the sweat!!! I'd do it again when the weather cools down a little.

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