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trail locations for Julian, California

Loved this trail. Spectacular views!

ok hike with some good views and history. why i didn't give it a higher mark, was all the junk and garbage
on the trail/road just after the mine at the end. i now know the hike is to end at the mine. but i walked a half mile further down the road. and yuk! crap everywhere. i think a few people actually live in the junker
dwellings. it was creepy.

Short but sweet! Fun little adventure.

It was fun and a great hike but mostly incline heading back up the trial! But the caves were great to see!

Hitched a ride into Julian within 5 minutes from the scissor crossing. Awesome town.

amazing hike will do again. I'm definitely what you'd consider a newbie for hiking but this was relatively easy. got my heart pumping but didn't hate my life. there was a little snow so that was nice !

Watch out for poison oak once you stray from the trail, don't make the same mistake I did.

11 days 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.

An Epic and Spectacular hiking adventure. Unlike anything else in SD. Nearly 15 miles round trip if you go to the Goat Canyon Trestle ( if you park on Carrizo Gorge Rd just outside the nudist resort).

Prepare for abandon rail passenger cars in a post-apocalyptic type setting. On the way out you will cross over 9 other smaller trestles as well as several tunnels, two of them over a quarter-mile in length. (It's kinda spooky in there so don't hike alone.)
This trail is long but flat and relatively smooth.
It can get real hot but not when I went on a December morning with a max temp of 65 all day, perfect for this hike. Don't go out in the Heat!

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

20 days ago

Easy day today in the snow. There was about 4 to 6 inches. Most of the trail was packed down and easy to follow. I wish I had brought my microspikes though. The final ascent to the peak was very icy and I wouldn't recommend anyone (without spikes or crampons) attempt to climb the stairs. Non the less I had a fun hike and ended up with 4.02 miles. Next time I will have my microspikes and plan to complete the entire loop and not just the out and back.

Great hike with lots of panoramic views.

Great hike that can be extended by walking the coast to crest trail or a ~1.5 mile loop. Dog friendly. For good or bad there are lots of cattle.