Trabuco Canyon - AKA Holy Jim Canyon

2.9/5 (25 reviews)
Trabuco Canyon, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 08/24/2022
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Trail Information


Please note, a majority of the area has been closed due to the Holy Fire... Holy Jim Canyon (AKA Trabuco Canyon Road) is among the most popular off-road trails in all of Southern California. With thousands of visitors a day, this is a great place to get out, have some fun, do a little socializing, and partake in people watching all at the same time. Less than 20 minutes from anywhere in Orange County California, there is no doubt why so many 4x4 enthusiasts can say they have driven this path into Orange County's unknown forest. While Holy Jim is a very mellow off-road trail, there are plenty of challenging options in the area from rock crawling, hill climbs, off-camber areas, a creek to play in, and lots of hiking that lead to some of the tallest waterfalls in the Southern California. If you are in the area, and are looking for a place that is suitable for every type and skill level of off-roader, then check out Holy Jim Canyon aka Trabuco Canyon.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The mild dirt road that any vehicle can do in good weather. 4WD may be required in wet weather. Plenty of side options are available for those looking to test their skills. Near half the trail has been closed and will remain closed due to the holy fire. The likely opening of the trail will be no earlier than 2020.
A majority of the area has been blocked off after the Holy Fire

Trail Reviews

2.9/5 (25 reviews)
Josh Noesser
Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The gate is closed again
Status: Open
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The gate was closed to the public. This is a very easy dirt road, no need for 4wd or airdown. Does anyone know when the gate will be open?
Status: Open
Rated 1/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I was somewhat in the area yesterday and decided to see how the trail is doing since I hadn't been there in about 25 years. I used to hike to the waterfall all the time growing up. The trail is now paved almost all the way to the closure. After turning around I decided I needed some dirt time and went up to Santiago Peak, which was open.
Status: Not Reported
Rated 1/5
Visited: 05/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The potholes are the worst, not worth to come here, view is below average. People take their Camry here and it’s crowded.
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 3/5
Visited: 03/27/2022

Only gave this a 3 star since It was closed due to a fire. The small road to get to the main gate was okay. But making this to update that this was closed. Also went up to Silverado Canyon that’s only about 25 minutes away, that was also closed.
Trail Review: Trabuco Canyon - AKA Holy Jim Canyon - Hector A Martinez
Trail Review: Trabuco Canyon - AKA Holy Jim Canyon - Hector A Martinez

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