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Holy Jim Falls aka Holy Jim Canyon

4.5/5 (4 reviews)
Irvine, California (Orange County)
Last Updated: 09/26/2022

Trail Information


Holy Jim Canyon is a popular outdoors destination for the residents of Orange County, CA and surrounding area. What brings people to Holy Jim Canyon is the wooded exploration and the hiking to one most sought after waterfalls, nestled in the canyon a few miles above the top gate. Many 4x4 enthusiasts find this a great way to relax and have the same effect of getting out of the city, without having to leave the city.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (4)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 01/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

heavy traffic both directions. plenty of 2wd like prius/teslas/corolla.
Official Crew
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/21/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Its open
Permanently Closed
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/26/2020

Fun trail with great scenery; you felt like you were not in the hustle and bustle of southern California for a bit; USFS lists it as closed (indefinitely) on their website, unfortunately.
Official Crew
Temporary Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/13/2019

Last I heard, the ranger district plans on keeping this area closed through the winter of 2020. The idea is to allow plant life and animals to return before allowing human traffic.

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