Best Trails near Julian, California

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on Stonewall Mine / Lake Cuy...
4 days ago

hiking

We did this hike yesterday with my 4 year old daughter. It was a nice semi-shady hike and not tons of people. We saw turkey, a bald eagle and plenty of squirrels. We tried to follow the loop shown but there really isn't a path for the last half of the loop. We will definitely be back out here again!

on Volcan Mountain Trail
13 days ago

hiking

This was a pretty fun trail we started around 9am and finished a couple hours later. The way up was easy enough with some shady spots and a breeze which definitely helped! We took the 5 Oak trail on the way down which was nice to get different scenery but was more within the forest. There was also poison oak.
We noticed every time we got in the shade, a swarm of flies wouldn't leave us alone! That was our biggest complaint. We saw a sheriff exiting the trail just as we started with a net covering his whole head and I wouldn't do this trail again with out one of those.
Also fun, at the bottom of the hill/entrance point there a couple wineries with tasting rooms and a u-pick apple orchard.

on Kelly Ditch Trail
15 days ago

camping

Did this trail 2 years ago. Fantastic views

on Volcan Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking

I hiked this on superbowl sunday 2016 and still made it home to watch the game. I got lucky because it was an incredibly clear day albeit very windy with santa ana winds. It was clear enough to see the Salton Sea to the east and Catalina Island in the west. Never imagined that i could get that lucky. I posted some pictures here that just dont do it justice. Ive hiked dozens of peaks all over SAan Diego county and this is dfinetly my favorite view. You can really observe alot of different peaks from this vantage point. Highly recommend this hike for anyone that hasnt already done.
One last thing- I stayed on the fireroad all the way up but on the way down split off on the Five Oaks trail which is a very nice single track with great views from the side of the mountain.

on Stonewall Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It was gorgeous. Went out with a few friends mid-october of last year, and it was cool in the morning with lots of shade. Almost lost my hat on top of the peak, but the views would've made it worth it. Full 360° view, and a great place for lunch/pictures.

on Arroyo Tapiado & Arroyo S...
1 month ago

Fantastic crawl space caves. Can be scary if you don't like small spaces.

on Stonewall Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It was a great hike with beautiful views

on Stonewall Peak Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Completed the Stonrewall Peak loop trail today with my bestie!!!! The hike up to Stonewall is beautiful and easy. Lots of switchbacks and perfect spots to stop and take in the amazing views! The peak itself was kinda off limits today due to a swarm of either flying ants or termites at the tippy top. Not many braved the swarm, I did briefly and the view was worth a temp head full of bugs!

My only concern and issue was with the loop trail on the descent. As of today the trail was not well maintained-it seems at first that it is but not so further in. It's very quiet with no other hikers on the descent. For me and my friend (another woman) this was uncomfortable. There was evidence of mountain lion activity in the form of scat/droppings. We finally found the connecting trail and got out of there. Don't recommend this portion of the trail for lone females, my strong opinion. With that said-Can't wait to go back and enjoy this hike-minus loop again!
Oh and go early like another reviewer the mountain's shade is perfect!

on Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Holy moley. That's what I can say about this trail. It is so incredibly difficult. I tried to follow some of the maps and somehow got turned around. I took the advice of previous hikers and ended up finding the stacked rocks and tape along the trail. We went about 9 miles into the canyon down the rocks and had to turn around. We lost sight of the stacked rocks and I'm not sure we had adequate gear. We never found the waterfall. We did run into one rattlesnake going down the hill. Beware whenever the weather changes from cold to warm there will be a larger chance of getting bit since the snakes will be out and about. We unfortunately wore the completely wrong attire for the hike and went in shorts. I do not recommend that. We had to use a machete on some parts. There are some nasty ants over there that were eating us up. All in all, this trail really challenged me physically and I would like to find the waterfall. If anyone could tell me which path to take at the 3 road fork, that would be great. Also, someone has marked the beginning of the trail with purple markers that you'll continue to see on your way to the fork. The purple markers went down a different path than I did, so maybe the waterfall was that way. Somebody please let me know! I will be attempting it again soon.

on Stonewall Mine / Lake Cuy...
2 months ago

hiking

Great with small children, especially along the shore.

on William Heise Loop Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Not difficult. But a nice hike and a very nice park.

on Volcan Mountain Trail
2 months ago

hiking

One of my FAVORITE hikes! Good distance, secluded, and amazing views! Could see the Salton sea on one side and the ocean on the other. Nice blot of wild flowers at the top too. Just gorgeous. I recommend this any day. Lots of shade too.

on Stonewall Peak Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Easy but wonderful. I've been hiking this trail since childhood and it never loses its wow factor once up top. Great for a morning hike and fun for groups.

on Volcan Mountain Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Gorgeous hike, definitely would recommend the 5 Oaks Trail, beautiful views.

on Stonewall Mine / Lake Cuyamaca Hike
2 months ago

We wanted a mellow day ( recovering from El Capitan!!). This was an easy, really beautiful walk... Deer, wild turkeys and Hawks, gorgeous wild-flowers.... Recommend pants if you go off the trail ( low brush, lots of burrs).

on Volcan Mountain Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Pretty sweet hike. Views for days. Take the five oaks trail section, it is really peaceful and pretty.