Rising over 5,000 feet, Volcan Mountain is the dominant scenic feature for a significant portion of San Diego's backcountry and visible from the Pacific coastline 60 miles away. It is one of the last privately-owned and relatively untouched areas of Southern California and is an extraordinary natural treasure which must be preserved for future generations.

This trail was amazing.. we were in arms distance to the cows.. if you have a family with small children this would be great.. make sure u pack a lunch.. the trail is amazing.. make sure u bring a sweater

This trail was amazing.. we were in arms distance to the cows.. if you have a family with small children this would be great.. make sure u pack a lunch.. the trail is amazing.. make sure u bring a sweater

Immediate and steady moderate climbing through the first 1.25 miles of the hike. Second half of the ascent was easier and primarily through high meadows. Views of 60+ miles to the Coronado Islands are possible on a clear day. Recommend hiking around late afternoon towards dusk for sunset views.

A lot of one way up hill and one way down hill but fun hike.

Fun hike!

Great hike....highly recommended it...

hiking
21 days ago

This was a beautiful trail to hike but, not a good hike for beginners. We had 2 non-hikers in our group & the constant climb was a little much for them. The hike down however, was easy peasy.

on Volcan Mountain Trail

hiking
22 days ago

Friendly people on the trail and cute pups everywhere

Fun and beautiful. Serene.

Views are unreal.

great trek around stunning views. really easy to navigate especially for a 1st time visitor.

It was nice to hike with kids. It was little bit hard for them, but they were really excited on the top.

This trail is beautiful! Go to the end to get the higher views. It's a moderate hike with lots of pretty scenery.

Great views, kind of steep but it was cool and breezy too. I'll definitely come back when it gets greener.

It was a beautiful hike. The breeze made it very nice. Definitely time to go would be early Fall or Spring

One of the best hikes I've been on in SD county. Beautiful scenery. Nice mix of shade and wide open spaces, easy to follow trail (when you get to the water trough, just walk straight until the trail picks up again!), and perfectly placed picnic tables to rest and eat. I appreciated the length -- there was definitely just enough elevation to get the heart pumping (we did the loop clockwise which meant a steeper climb) but not too much, which is good considering the length. Tons of cows in and around the trail, and I even met a horse! Definitely want to watch your step. ;)

Lovely hike. I was welcome with wild deers and saw a snake on the way down. It was a nice cool weather despite that it was hot in SD. I am definitely coming back.

Great hike with wonderful views. They get the award for best trailhead.
But what is up with the flies? At times I felt like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown.
The 5 Oak Trail is awesome and we were glad we took it on the way downhill. Narrow and steep in places.
Just loved it overall.