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Great view and awesome hiking. We had some snow what made our hiking even better. Be prepared with gloves, beanie and a warm jacket because it was very windy and cold.

15 days ago

first of all, I highly do not recommend this trail.
going down its very slippery so you need grippy shoes.
I fell a couple of times lol.
it was not a very interesting trail and it hasnt really been maintained well but very beautiful mountains!
This trail is Clearly on a private road where you'll see some cars pass you.
On another review on here it says to BEWARE because of some dogs that belong on someones property where this trail passes.
on our way back up three Huge black dogs came and surrounded my friend and I snarling very nastily about to attack us.
Luckily we knew how to protect ourselves from mountain lions and have lots of experience with dogs so we used the same method for these dogs that you would normally use for mountain lions which was to make yourself appear big and we even threw a couple rocks at them because they were getting too close.
these dogs where big and vicious.
We did not give our back to them and we actually discovered that by stomping on the ground they somewhat retreated. after slowly walking up the hill while continuing to stomp on the ground and not allow the dogs to get behind us by walking backwards they stopped at what it seemed like their property line.
once you see a rusty old car as a decoration in front of a gate and a road you are on the property of those dogs.
im telling you, no one will be around to help you so please do not go alone.
Someone seriously does not want people on this trail.

I mean where else are you going to find a rock formation shaped like an Eagle!!?? Amazing!! Not much of an elevation gain, so fairly easy. The wind was pretty wicked when you got out into the open! Snow on the ground from recent snowfall on NY day. Took kids 5, 10, 12 and their grandparents. Fun for all ages!

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done. Temperatures were cool...48 at the bottom and about 34 with the wind chill at the top. Lots of snow at this time which makes for a magical, serene experience. Breathtaking views at the top. Uphill trek for approx 1.5 miles then some flat land. Five oak trail on the way back- slippery and muddy be careful. Poles would h w been helpful! Great for dogs and there is a local friendly mountain dog named Alice who went up the mountain with us. Don’t be alarmed and enjoy!!!

Great hike, with a surprise rock formation...make sure you walk around to see

Great hike! I wouldn’t steer off to Five Oaks Trails. I felt the Volcan Trail was less trafficked and better views. Good terrain and my Fitbit reflected 150 floors climbed.

24 days ago

Hike as described. Easy and enjoyable hike. Rock formation at end is cool. Trailhead is next to/ past fire station (metal gate on side of road). We parked across street from trailhead at Warner Springs Community Resource Center. Bathrooms at end of parking lot.

Great hike, nice views, not strenuous, trail well maintained and easy to navigate through.

The trek up is pretty much entirely uphill & definitely keeps your heart rate up. It's a pretty awesome view from the top though & dog friendly as well. We went during the cooler months when it didn't really top 70°, but if you go when it's warmer be sure to bring enough water to get you through since there's nowhere to refill & the last stretch has no tree cover at all. Not far into your uphill trek, you'll see a sign on your right for Five Oaks Trail. Definitely take that side trip; it hooks back up with Volcan Mountain Trail further up & has some beautiful views. Have fun!

My family and I had a great time!!

Forget about this as a waterfall hike. A beautiful easy hike through Milk Ranch and Middle Peak Trails with a lot of wildlife and nice views. You can hear the waterfall less than half a mile away at the ‘turn off’ point off the fire road, but there no reasonable or enjoyable way to access the falls through brush and fallen massive trees. Until some folks get in there with chainsaws and heavy equipment to clear the path down, don’t bother. There is good reason the falls were taken off the most recent 5th edition of Afoot and Afield San Diego County hiking guide.

Excellent hike!! Great clear trail! A large tree has fallen across the trail at the beginning! No way around had to go under! Views from peak are amazing! Even a view of Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, Ocean and more!

Nice easy hike with a very cool rock formation at the end.

Nice flat very easy
Suggest doing river walk first and the stop by Viewpoint brewery

nice easy climb, gorgeous views at the top. unpopulated.

Nice hike, pretty easy/wide trail much of the way. Suggest taking the side Five Oaks trail for the best views and less people (even though a bit harder and narrower).

it's a leisure walk. very pleasant.

this is a nice Easy hike. 6.6 miles no big hills. only down fall is you can see houses and the road is only about 100 yards from eagle rock...

Stunning views on a beautiful fall day. Main trail is very family and dog friendly. A little blustery at the top but didn’t take away from it all.

Excellent moderate hike! Mix of forest setting and open space. Trail well maintained, marked, easy to navigate. Eagle Rock was awesome! Great run back to start off trailhead.

Started early, 8 am and it was chilly/breezy (November). Great hike for beginners since the trail isn't too steep. I only saw 5 other people when I was coming down from the peak. The peak is amazing when on top of the boulder with fantastic views in all directions (very windy, so glad I had my sweatshirt to put on at the top). I started on the Upper Descanso Creek trail to get to Oakzanita trail... will do this again but take the fireroad down for a longer hike (working my way up to longer hikes).

1 month ago

Really nice trail, especially the five oaks trail section. A lot people and unfortunately dog poop.

Diverse scenery. The eagle rock does not disappoint.

Great scenery, easy to navigate.

1 month ago

Hiked on a Sunday in November, started at 9am. We had the peak to ourselves, in fact only saw 4 other small groups the entire morning. We had shade for 80% of it, starting early helped with that.
beautiful view that went on for miles!

2 months ago

The trail is wide and well maintained, would be a good one to bring the pups. Nice views at the top of the summit

A few things need clarification in the description. Firstly, although it is near Julian, it is not at all like Julian. If you want that mountainous forest feeling, you will not get that. In fact, it's in a desert. Secondly, the hike does not end at the spring, it starts at the spring, which makes it far easier to get there, and therefore more heavily trafficked at the spring itself. The hike itself is kind of dull and not super rewarding. Thirdly, there is a pay toll (3$ per person when I went). Fourthly, the hot spring is NOT a natural one. Rather, the "spring" is naturally heated and pumped from the ground into a man-made pool inside of a building. It was a kind of disappointing trip to me. Definitely cool enough to stop by on your way to something greater, but otherwise, I would never plan to go there again, which is what I sorely wanted.

Beautiful hike with a moderate amount of steep sections

great hikers and viewers.

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