Holy Jim Trail (6W03)

Area Status: Open

Trail is now open to the Falls and Santiago Peak.


Holy Jim Trail

Trail Views


2.8 miles

Pets Allowed

Yes, on a leash no longer than 6 ft.


Adventure Pass Required

Hike/Ride Time

1 - 3 hours


Easy to Moderate

Best Seasons

Year Round


2.5 Miles off Trabuco Canyon Road on Trabuco Creek Road (not paved, dirt road) See map below

Ranger District

Trabuco Ranger District - (951) 736-1811

The Holy Jim trail provides not only an easy 2.8 miles out and back hike, it also offers beautiful scenery, year round shade (beware of triple digit summer temperatures), and connecting trail options to Santiago Peak, North Main Divide, and Upper Holy Jim, with West Horsethief trail about a half mile away. Holy Jim Falls trailhead is located about 2.5 miles up an unpaved, rocky dirt road where off road or 4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended. This area of the Trabuco provided an initial settlement for early pioneers in the 1800's, when it was home to rugged mountain men who thrived on professional beekeeping and woodcutting operations, remnants of which can still be seen along the trail today. Great for family and beginning hikers, with mountain biking being very popular going up to Santiago Peak. The cooler months are the best times to go to avoid the high temperatures and increase the potential for running water in the creeks (during a wet year).


At a Glance

Fees: Adventure Pass Required: To purchase a pass for this location visit a Cleveland National Forest office, find a local Adventure Pass vendor or purchase online at https://www.recreation.gov/.
Usage: Heavy
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The trailhead is the Holy Jim Road fork of Trabuco Canyon Road, which is about six miles up creek from O'Neil Park.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
2.8 miles

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  Elevation : 
2200 - 4000