Volcan Mountain Trail

MODERATE 116 reviews

Volcan Mountain Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.0 miles 1269 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Volcan Mountain Trail is located near the old mining town of Julian. The trail follows an old road to the summit and this pleasant day hike provides excellent vistas.

hiking
7 hours ago

hiking
5 days ago

Absolutely love this hike. The first half is a thigh killer because you're quicky increasing elevation but it eases up the second half. The views are worth it all. One of the most breathtaking views, in my opinion, in San Diego.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice less-traveled hike to some beautiful views. Nature trail markers along the way describe wildfires that have hit the area and plants/trees. You can hike up the service road, or take the Five Oaks Trail off-shoot. Both offer great views, though the service road is fairly open to the sun. Parking is on the side of the road. Dog (on-leash) friendly.

11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

A great hike! Go when it is cool out for the most fun.

14 days ago

a little steep at first but didnt last all that long. view at the top was nice. The trail is wide because its a service road basically. I reccoment taking the side trail, 5 Oaks Trail, because its narrower and feels more like hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Spectacular views!

hiking
1 month ago

A fun, fairly quick hike to the top. We visited on a rainy day and the trail was manageable but with a creek running down its center. the incline is easy to moderate at best.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike in snow last week and also very beautiful trail!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with lots of panoramic views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Amazing views! High elevation and will definitely work your lungs! The views from the top are well worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago