hike holy jim falls trail

Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail

The Holy Jim Falls Trail hike is an easy hike to a small waterfall tucked into the heart of the Santa Ana Mountains. The Holy Jim Falls Trail is family friendly and well marked.

Rating:
3.5 / 5
Distance:
2.8 miles (4.5 km)
Time:
1:30 hours
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
650 ft (198 m)
Trail Condition:
Marked Trails
Challenges:
Small stream crossings
People:
Moderate
Known For:
Waterfall
Best Time:
After rains
Dogs:
Yes
Bathrooms:
Yes
Parking:
Fee
Hike Weather:

Holy Jim Falls Trail Hike Trail Maps

Google Maps trailhead:
Main Parking for Holy Jim Falls and Trail, Corona, CA, 92883, USA

Hike Location

Holy Jim Falls Trail Hike Trail location
The Holy Jim Falls Trail hike trailhead is about an hour east of Newport Beach, and about 70 minutes south of Anaheim.

3D Hike Map

Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail 3d map
The hike to Holy Jim Falls follows the valley floor, making an easy hike.

Hike Elevation Profile

Hike Holy Jim Falls Trail elevation
The hike to Holy Jim Falls is a gradual uphill, climbing 650 feet along an easy trail.

Interactive Hike Map

Holy Jim Falls Trail Hike Map Downloads

Download a GPX file to use on your GPS device. GPS devices are great to plan and follow routes, and there are tons of free electronic hiking maps that you can use. But don't rely solely on electronic navigation, always have a paper backup. Print out the PDF below, get a topo map, and/or print these directions.

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Holy Jim Falls Trail Hike Directions

hike holy jim falls trail

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What to Expect on the Hike

Turn by Turn Directions

trabuco canyon road
The drive to the trailhead address brings you on Trabuco Canyon Road, which is dirt. The beginning is gravel, but it gets more rutted the farther in you go.
holy jim falls trail parking
Park in any of the spots in the lot. The parking area has basic ports-potties.
Holy Jim Trail sign
Read the Holy Jim Trail sign in the parking lot for any notices.
holy jim trail sign
If you’re looking at the sign in the last picture, you go behind it on the dirt road to the left. There are signs to help you get started, including this metal one.
sign for the Holy Jim Trail
The start of the dirt road also has this big sign for the Holy Jim Trail.
holy jim trail
The beginning of the hike goes along a dirt road.
cabins on holy jim trail
After a few minutes on the road, you’ll go through a section of private cabins. Respect the private property and keep going straight on the dirt road.
peacock on holy jim trail
Some of the folks have free-roaming peacocks as pets. Keep your eyes open, they’re a hit with the kids.
holy jim falls trail sign
As you hike through the cabins, the direction to the trail proper is marked by signs.
official Holy Jim Trail trailhead
At about 0.6 miles, you reach the official Holy Jim Trail trailhead. Go straight through.
holy jim trail stream crossing
The trail is well defined and crosses some streams. If it’s been raining heavily, you might have to rock hop across the stream.
holy jim falls trail
The trail climbs gradually, and is well defined. You might see some side trails to the right leading down to the creek. Stay on the main trail.
alders and oak on holy jim trail
The most photogenic spot occurs on this part of the hike. The trail goes through a circle of alders and oak.
view of Saddleback Mountain
Look up to the left as you hike for a glimpse of the peak of Saddleback Mountain.
historical marker on holy jim trail
You might come across some historical markers on the trail too, keep your eyes open.
holy jim trail
Eventually the trail drops down to the creek and then climbs back up.
holy jim falls trail split
Right after that last trail drop, the trail splits. Head right to Holy Jim Falls.
holy jim falls trail
This part of the trail is much less developed, but still well marked.
holy jim trail
There are sections of the trail that are overgrown. Just move the branches and keep going.
holy jim falls trail
Eventually the trail will come out to and follow the rocky stream bed. It’s not well marked here. In general, stay to the left and keep your eyes open for the trail along the rocks.
holy jim falls
You made it! If there hasn’t been a heavy rain, the falls can be on the light side or even dry. If the trail dead ends at a cliff and you don’t see any water, the Holy Jim Creek is dry.
cris hazzard at holy jim falls
Grab your selfies and head back the way you came. Happy hiking!

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A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.