Follow the creek to a beautiful all-year waterfall that awaits at the end of a short, easy hike. Go here if you like shade and water, need to get away from the City and have a couple of hours to spare. The drive in is rough, but scenic and gives you a preview of the canyon, and takes about 10 minutes from the main road; a high clearance vehicle is recommended. Look for beautiful foliage in the autumn. See if you can also find the ladybug colonies or figs on the fig trees. Bring your sandals for the wet crossings during the wet season. Pack a picnic lunch for munching at the waterfall.
Falling water in the stream leading up to the falls. October 2011.
Our visit on October 23, 2011:
Weather: sunny, warm, 72 degrees
Trail Condition: good
We shared the trail on a Sunday morning with other a few other hikers and some mountain bikers. Not crowded until we were leaving at 12:00 PM. Beautiful autumn colors today. Lots of water, despite the time of year. Notable encounter: we witnessed a spider entombing a fly on our way in… the fly was “gone” on our way out. Also came across a little ladybug colony. Pleasantly absent from our trip were mountain lions, rattlesnakes and poison oak.
Holy Jim Falls. October 2011.
Autumn foliage, ladybugs and falling water.
My girlfriend’s dog, Belle, on her inaugural hike. Happy pup!
Kim and the gang
– 50 Hikes in Orange County, Karin Klein (Hike # 46)
Other Recommended Reading:
- Nobody Hikes in LA (June 2010): Holy Jim Falls
- Greene Adventures (April 2009): Holy Jim Falls One of Orange County’s Best Known Hikes
- Brian and Ashley’s Hiking Blog (July 2008): Holy Jim Water Fall Cleveland National Forest
Nick Carver Photography: Holy Jim Falls Trail