Holy Jim Canyon Road

Cleveland National Forest, California 92614

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain276ft
Trailhead Elevation1,733ft
Top1,900ft
Elevation Min/Max1733/1900ft
Elevation Start/End1733/1733ft

Holy Jim Canyon Road

Holy Jim Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,733 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 276 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and woods. Along the trail there is a residential. This trail connects with the following: Holy Jim Canyon Road, Holy Jim Hiking Trail and Trabuco Creek Road.

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8/26/2011
A friend did this trail at night. Getting there was to say the least was interesting. If you have a car be careful you will get stuck. We saw a 2WD truck get stuck last night. On to the trail, I love this hike at night. We saw some deer, and some creepy crawling things. Over all great hike, not to hard, some LVL 1-2 scrambling when you get to the water fall.
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12/31/2009
The hike was nice once we got to the trail head. The 4+ miles gravel road was almost impassable by car. In fact, we parked and hiked the last mile. Either grade the road once a month or tell hikers the road is for trucks or 4-wheeldrives only..
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8/31/2009
A hot day with temperatures reaching 100-105 out of the shade, and 90's in the shade. Driving to the trailhead demands a higher than usual centered vehicle. Do not take a Prius! The rutted, stoney path will have you stuck - so beware! On the way to the trailhead the path gets smaller and you pass a couple of 'water' areas which in winter have water running over the road surface but in summer are dry, concrete pathways. AS you wind along the canyon toward the trailhead, the road narrows and you pass the volunteer fire station and a few old houses that people live in. Trailhead has parking for a few cars and an Adventure Pass is required for this hike. Walking up the leafy canopied trail for 30 minutes brings you to a marker - right is easier than left! A further two hours of undulating tree lined path gives you 2000ft elevation gain and, with a small detour, a magnificent view of Lake Elsinore. Total time between 1:30 and 2:30 dependent on number of stops and speed of party. Total distance around 12 miles with the Elsinore detour at the top. Highly recommended, good workout, great views. Bug repellent and sun screen needed!
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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/
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5/5/2007
use mapquest before you go. The map on this site is not accurate....the dirt road is not for sedans. it is for 4X4''s bumpy means rocks and 6-8" holes and is not suitable for most "comfort" vehicles...Never made it to the trail. Sure it is lovely.
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7/20/2006
Nice short hike with a little chalange here and there. I took my scout troop on this hike in full packs as a training hike. We went early in the morning and were the first ones up to the falls (watch out for spider webs if you try this). The road leading in really is as bad as they say so watch out for it. Overall it was a pleasent hike close by and in the morning not too crowded.
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6/27/2005
We visited Holy Jim Falls 6/26/05. The trail and creek were beautiful. The falls were somewhat of a disappointment, appeared to be a max. of 20', not the 35' cascade as listed. Gnats were a nuisance but it was a fun, scenic hike. We reached the "dirt" Trabuco Creek Rd. after 4.1 mi vs 4.4 listed. "Bumpy road" was a gross understatement, 4W drive strongly recommended.
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Trail Information

Cleveland National Forest
Nearby City
Cleveland National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Waterfalls
Features
Cleveland National Forest Trabuco Ranger District, 1147 E. Sixth St., Corona 92879; (951) 736-1811; fs.fed.us/r5/cleveland
Local Contacts
USGS Santiago Peak; Cleveland National Forest
Local Maps