This is a great easy hike! It’s about 5.12 miles roundtrip (from parking lot, to the waterfall, and back). I can tell you that just getting to the parking lot is a journey in itself. There are tons of potholes, branches, rocks, etc. If it’s raining you most likely won’t make it very far. But . . . when you do get there, this hike is amazing! You feel like you are far away from civilization. The trailhead is gorgeous with tree tunnels, and huge sycamores, oaks and pines. And the best thing, the air is so fresh!
From Interstate 5, get off at El Toro Road. Head north on El Toro to the point where the road forks at Cook’s Corner. Take the right fork (Live Oak Canyon Road) past O’Neill Park. A quarter mile past Trabuco School, you will pass over Trabuco Creek. Turn left onto the dirt road. Some people park here and hike in: this adds 4.45 miles and 840 feet to your hike. Most continue on the road for another 4.45 miles and park in the Holy Jim lot.