Holy Jim Falls Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 528' 161 m
Descent: -528' -161 m
High: 2,295' 700 m
Low: 1,767' 538 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“An out and back run to Holy Jim Falls.”— John McKinney
From the trailhead, head north on Holy Jim Trail up the canyon road. On this well-shaded part of trail runners will pass numerous private cabins that are on land leased from the Forest Service. After about 0.5 miles the path becomes more trail-like and runners continue up the vine and oak covered canyon as it follows and crosses the creek several times. Stone check dams were built by the California Department of Fish and Game in the 1950s to create deep pools for fish. At the fork at about 1.4 miles, take a right onto Holy Jim Falls Trail ( a connector trail) towards Holy Jim Falls. After some boulder-hopping and creek-crossings, runners reach Holy Jim Falls, a 20 foot tall waterfall surrounded by lush flora including oak trees, ferns, and vines.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
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Land Manager: USFS - Cleveland National Forest Office