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Coordinates for the entrance: 33.659139,-117.58557

There have been many a thread on here and the blue room regarding this place, but i figured i would make a detailed one about it, and answer all questions. Just to get it out of the way: IMO, It is not worth the drive if you live outside of south orange county (theres just better 4x4 stuff out there).


I've ran this trail/road at least a good 100 times. All of last summer, i went almost every afternoon, since it was either on the way to, or on the way home from my ex's place. I have every turn, whoop, and rut memorized (sad, i know, given it's almost 5 miles front to back). But why the Shakedown trail? Well, i use it for anytime i bolt on a new mod. Seriously, if it doesn't fall off or break there, then you put it on right.

You can drive literally ANYTHING front to back, from a Unimog, to a Ferrari. The dirt is road is that smooth-ish (especially after they grade it every year or so). It's the offshoots that make it fun.


Some Basic History:
The canyon was named for James T. Smith, who was known as"old cussin' Jim" because of his colorful language. A beekeeper who settled in the north fork of Trabuco Canyon, he enlarged a house built in the 1870s and planted figs.

When government surveyors plotted the canyon they chose "Holy Jim," rather than "Cussin' Jim", to place on their maps. They thought this was more appropriate.

Aliso Creek/Holy Jim Creek runs the length of the road, and crosses it at about 6 points. Right now, you could make your way a bit up the road, and even catch some fish (We tried today, but they were quick as hell.. black and about 6" in length). When it's stormy, the creek RAGES! The place is a mud pit and at time's can definitely test your snorkel. When it is dry (even wet), It is a great place to test your rock rails and skids. You can maneuver through the creek bed for a couple of miles.. great for learning tire placement!

You can flex your suspension everywhere, you can bob back and forth on two wheels, you can roll, total your new truck... like i said, everything is doable in Holy Jim.


The road is, an actual road (Trabuco Creek Rd.). It has a posted Speed Limit of 15 mph ( you can get ticketed for speeding.. i have seen it happen many a time). BUT, the bad thing about Holy Jim.. Rumor has it, once you leave the road, it is illegal. I am not 100% on this, but i know Air2air has been ticketed there before. So, play at your own risk.

Anyone wanting to go and explore, i will gladly take you over everything and go everywhere through the place and even show you the super secret trail.

The super secret trail (that is the r/c air strip, and the creek bed down below):



Now for the Random pic's of the trail:

Flexin, Posin, The beauty of the place..



Santiago Peak (Saddleback Mtn.) in the background.




Swimmin



Wild Life (Camo'd deer in there somewhere):


There's actual fish, salamanders and frogs in there..
 

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Put me down for the secret trail. Ever parked behind the fire station:rofl:? I may be good for a early saturday thing if mo peeps wanna sign up. Make it a family thing of FJ's.:bigthumb:
 

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No worries, looks like I will be rollin solo to check things out. Who wants to go?:cheers:
 

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I wish I had a place like that near by :(
You do! Head up Gartel and where the road ends is where the fun begins. Just don't get caught :D.
 

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Wait wait wait, I've been through Gartel many times and I don't recall seeing anything that resembles a trail
There's not a trail, but there's plenty of room to play up in those hills!
 

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Not sure if this is gonna work. Just as you pass the airport on the left (north) side is a turn out with a trail and you pass a few houses. At the end is some werid House/church/office building with paved parking lot. Do you know what that is???
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You must have gone down to the end of Rose Canyon Road then. But no idea what them buildings are?
 

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Very nice Dom.

My buddy's almost-brand-new FJC doesn't have diff lock nor A-trac (no substantial skids, no sliders, & no lift, for that matter) Is it do-able, staying on the main road? I am looking for an easy trail as an intro to 4-wheeling for him.
 

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Here is the turn off for where i was. 33.671854,-117.559236


I have not done the whole thing yet, only the first mile. Sometimes the gate is shut, sometimes it's open. But if it is shut, its locked with a pin, so all you need to do is pull it to unlock it.

Unlock it at your own risk..
 
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