Los Angeles: Holy Jim Falls-Trabuco Canyon Loop

This 14.4-mile loop starts in a lush canyon framed by a secluded waterfall, then ascends to a mellow ridgeline in the Santa Ana foothills.
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This 14.4-mile loop starts in a lush canyon framed by a secluded waterfall, then ascends to a mellow ridgeline in the Santa Ana foothills.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.3

Waypoints

HJT001

Location: 33.6775093078613, -117.517501831055

Head N on road; trail crosses Holy Jim Creek, named after a beekeeper who lived in N. Fork of Trabuco Canyon

HJT002

Location: 33.6828804016113, -117.516998291016

End of road; head up small hill past cabins and Forest Service gate

HJT003

Location: 33.6914291381836, -117.511596679688

On L, note man-made pools with fish; ahead, mulberry trees sag with berries in summer

HJT004

Location: 33.6933784484863, -117.513603210449

R @ T for .2-mi. spur creekside trail to Holy Jim Falls

HJT005

Location: 33.6946182250977, -117.515998840332

Tendrils of Holy Jim Falls cascade 20 ft. into pool; return to WPT 4

HJT006

Location: 33.6932601928711, -117.513641357422

Straight @ 3-way up Holy Jim Trail; gradual climb in lush woods

HJT007

Location: 33.6907997131348, -117.513298034668

After 90° bend, trail exits canyon, climbing 900 ft. over 17 switchbacks; look NW to Santiago Peak (5,687 ft.)

HJT008

Location: 33.7032318115234, -117.519599914551

Last major switchback; tall, fragrant sage conceals trail

HJT009

Location: 33.7102508544922, -117.519302368164

R @ T junction of Holy Jim Canyon Trail with Main Divide Truck Rd.

HJT010

Location: 33.7083702087402, -117.501602172852

R @ Y onto Main Divide Truck Trail

HJT011

Location: 33.7024536132812, -117.477668762207

Trabuco Peak to E; in 1893, President Benjamin Harrison protected 50,000 acres around Trabuco Canyon

HJT012

Location: 33.690071105957, -117.466499328613

Pass yellow gate: Horsethief trailhead. Descend SW on loose rock

HJT013

Location: 33.6841087341309, -117.478401184082

R @ T where Horsethief Trail becomes Trabuco Canyon Trail

HJT014

Location: 33.6841697692871, -117.497100830078

Cross creek, pass Alder Spring, and return to car