Holy Jim Trail - TRAIL

Holy Jim Trail - Trail, Santa Margarita/Mission Viejo, California

Singletrack

User Reviews (7)

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aword4you   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2006]

Another good singletrack climb and descent, or you can put it in as part of a loop with Trabuco. I liken this to San Juan, as the trail switchbacks up the mountain. You start out with creek crossings, however. A little shorter than San Juan, but a little more climbing. At the top you end up at Main Divide, where you can go left and climb the fire road until you get to Upper Holy Jim (I've never ridden this section) and descend back, make a right and you'll end up back at the Holy Jim ST. There is a hike-a-bike at the very top of the Holy Jim trail before Main Divide. To make it into a loop you could go right from Main Divide and ride to Trabuco, descend that 5-6 miles and when you come out take the fire road back to the Holy Jim trailhead.

Park at the HJ trailhead, or at the entrance to Trabuco Canyon Rd in the dirt lot and ride your bike the 4 miles to HJ.

Customer Service

See above.

Similar Products Used: Trabuco, Whiting Ranch
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4
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4
Jordan May   [Aug 04, 1999]

Most of the ride in is up hill. Although, you can hardly notice it because its a very slight grade. The nice thing is the whole way out its downhill! The trip to the Falls is nice and hard, about 3 miles total. I dont think I would call it advanced but its a good tough ride for the moderate to experienced rider. Bring a friend, dont go alone. Also, the entire road in is a single lane with cars and trucks passing by so be careful.

Customer Service

I recommend that you put a soft seat on your ride before riding in to Holy Jim. The 5 miles ride into the park from the creek bed is rough and tumble rocky roads.

Similar Products Used: Try cruising through Oneil Park if you are a beginner first.
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3
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Scott   [Feb 20, 2000]

A very nice and scenic ride up Holy Jim. It's a pretty mellow grade, though it does get a bit tiring near the top when it gets rocky. Watch out for poison oak all along the upper parts of the trail. The ride along the Main Divide fire road is nice and rolling with some fast downhills and the ride down Horse Thief is really fun with some good tight switchbacks and some nice rocky sections at the top and bottom. So far my favorite ride in Orange County... but I haven't ridden them all yet!

Customer Service

Drive the 4 miles of dirt road from Live Oak Canyon rd. Park by Holy Jim firehouse and start riding. Take a right at main divide (at the top of the climb- about 5 miles) and then go down Horse Thief trail- more technical on the downhill than Holy Jim...

Similar Products Used: Trabuco Canyon, Horse Thief
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5
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Phantom   [Nov 26, 2000]

Fun Fun Fun and Fast, Technical at the bottom with some rocky sections to challenge the balance

Customer Service

Drove in to the fire house and rode the Holy Jim trail up to main divide turned right, went a couple miles give or take,then down horse thief. Great downhill singletrack. Check your speed on the smooth sections rather than the rocky areas or serious injury or death may occur. Bring plenty of water and enjoy.

Similar Products Used: Ortega / San Juan Trail/
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4
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Paul420   [Jan 11, 2001]

Holy Jim taril is one of the most senic trails in the Santa Ana. Lush vegitation, towering canyons, etc.. Also a graet workout.

Customer Service

Start at the fire station, up the trail to the Main Divide Trail. Right on the MDT to West Horse Thief and back to the car. About 13 miles.

Similar Products Used: San Jaun Trail, Trabuco Trail, and the ****** trail.
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5
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Brian   [Apr 05, 2001]

Maple springs is a 12-13mi uphill but in most parts moderately graded. Many do it in the middle ring (not me - granny all the way) but you should be able to do it @ 5-6mph on average.

Once you're at Santiago peak (2-3 hours later depending on your uphill speed) you'll head down Trabuco. The peak still has snow in the winter/spring so be careful. I had a gnarly crash when I came around a corner @ about 25mph and hit the 2ft of snow (launch time).

Keep going down Trabuco (slightly rocky and loose) until you find the Holy Jim turn off. It helps if you go with someone who has seen it before - because it looks like a wash out on the trail.

Many hike a bike for the first few hundred feet onto Holy Jim, but I've seen guys ride it.

Holy Jim is an interesting trail - the top part is rocky, thin and twisty, then it turns into an exposed single track with death just 12 inches away from your tires. Once you think you've over the fear of falling off the mountian slope, it hits you with 340 degree switchbacks (single track no less) that beg you to over commit on the turn (face planted a couple of times here). Finally when you think you're done, you get to the waterfall/stream crossings. Get ready to be wet as you carry your bike over at least six seperate crossings (seperated by 1/16mi of single track).

Ok - so now you're tired, happy to be alive (i.e., not falling off of HJ), wet (crossings) and near the end. You'll come out to a two-way dir car lane which will take you to o'niel. Its really rough (lots of pot holes and bumps).

Bring water and power bars for this 25mi trip and be prepared to spend 3-4 hours.

Customer Service

Up Maple Springs to Main Divide (Majeska peak area)
Main Divide to Santiago Peak
Santiago Peak to Trabuco Cyn (down hill)
Trabuco to Holy Jim

Similar Products Used: O'Niel, Whiting, Fullerton, ....
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4
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Captn   [Jan 12, 2003]

Holy jim section is alot of switchbacks. Some places you can get off your bike to walk accross some rocks. At the top it is very scenic. You could see the otherside of the mountain. Trabuco is a very fun single track. 5 or 6 miles down. It leads you right back where you started. I would say this route is intermidiate to advanced. About 19 miles give or take.

Customer Service

Drive the 4 miles down the road,go as far as you can go,then find parking.Ride up Holy Jim. Make a right. About 5miles go down Horsethief. Or go another 2miles to Trabuco. This is a bit more challenging and fun. About a 5 or 6 mile down hill.

Similar Products Used: Majeska , Joplin
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4
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