Holy Jim Trail

Corona, California

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The hike into Holy Jim Canyon is one of the most scenic and interesting in the Santa Ana Mountains. The hike passes under a multitude of trees and crosses Holy Jim Creek many times before eventually reaching the falls, a 35-foot cascade and popular picnic spot.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County

by Randy Vogel (Falcon Guides)

The hike into Holy Jim Canyon is one of the most scenic
and interesting in the Santa Ana Mountains. The hike passes
under a multitude of trees and crosses Holy Jim Creek many
times before eventually reaching the falls, a 35-foot cascade
and popular picnic spot.

© 2009 Randy Vogel/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Corona
Length: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 620 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best fall through spring
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cleveland National Forest, Trabuco Ranger District, 1147 East Sixth Street, Corona 92879; (951) 736-1811; www.fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland
Local Maps: USGS Santiago Peak
Topo Map: Holy Jim Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Orange County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2009

It was HOT!! 101 degrees at the trailhead and I suspect this is a perfect early morning trail in the spring. I CANNOT stress enough the road is very technical and should only be done in raised vehicles. I was in a Disco Series II and it was fun and challenging. Just when you think it can't possibly be any further along the road. . . it is. We pushed a group in an Audi off some rocks in the middle of the road and an Accord precariously traversed the same rocky area. The falls were slow but expected due to the season. I'll come back in the spring and take it REAL slow with my 3 and 5 year old. Might be slightly more technical for youngsters than let on.

3/14/2009

We picked probably the most perfect day and weather for this hike. The sky was clear, sunny, and blue. And the vegetation and flowers were lush, green, and in full bloom. The falls were at their fullest, due to so much recent heavy rain. The trail was well maintained, and easy to follow in all but a few spots where it crosses the stream. The gorgeous trees keep the trail very well shaded for the majority of the hike. This is a great hike to do with kids, and the bumpy 5 mile dirt road out to the trail head adds to the fun and adventure (go slow, high clearance vehicles are best). Count on getting your shoes wet when the stream is full.

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