Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset

Such a great place to day hike. has some steep parts, but are short. lots of up and down. great views all around. yes cattle roaming on and near the trail, no fencing, so be careful. very fun.

Nice and relaxing.

just beautiful. saw dozens of cows and 4 coyotes. dogs loved it!

This trail has great variety of terrain and is very pretty throughout. We saw a healthy, full grown coyote, too.

Absolutely the best hike ever! Finally, something much more than a workout!

Beautiful hike and well-maintained. Plenty of Cattle and Squirrels to photograph. Easy hike, great for pictures.

Beautiful trail! A bit steep in areas but a good workout. Wasn't sure I'd like how open it was but it was actually really nice. Got pretty close to the cows and there was a fox hanging out with them. We always enjoy seeing wildlife on our hikes. Oh and a tree decided to lose a very large branch as we were walking by, the was exticing!

Gorgeous hike! Rolling hills & valleys make it so peaceful. A great challenge of ups & downs.

Beautiful scenery, a lot of inclines in both directions.

Tried this hike out earlier today with my husband and 18 year old daughter and it was a 10/10. Pleasantly strenuous, lots of variation in elevation, soul-calming quiet, gorgeous scenery...and cows.

Beautiful trail and very peaceful. You will work your thighs and gluts, but it is worth it

Gorgeous trail - lots of cows and peaceful during a weekday day.

Dec 22nd. It was cold, very windy around 3:45pm, lots of cows, lots of poop... nonetheless a beautiful experience. If you find yourself walking towards a metal corral with a much larger than average amount of cow poop around you, stay towards the right of the coral. The trail is a touch washed out around here.

Great hike -steep at times and beautiful always

Love this trail. It will catch you off guard with its steep hills and roaming cattle. But the hike is gorgeous all the way

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail...cattle, deer and turkey

actually hiked from Santa Isabel Preserve East. Nice trail up to the plateau where the trail comes down from Farmer Rd. near Julian. logged 8.1 miles with 1800 feet elevation gain.

Fun, short little jaunt. Some definite ups & downs, but tons of shady spots to rest and very amiable company

Loved this hike on a cool October morning. Cows were fun, nice rolling golden hills, and a Mountain View in the distance.

8 months ago

Nice trail, more of a road...but still a nice walk outdoors. Beautiful views and plenty of cows, deer, coyotes to see.

We really enjoyed this hike! It has several climbs to really give you a workout but it is a varied terrain so you can recover before the next big climb. We walked right past the cows, as they were hanging out in the trail with us. Tons of gnats in the shady, creek spots.

Very steep at first but worth the hike once it flattens out. Walked 5.6 miles doing the loop. Great way to burn some of the pie calories off.

Don't go on a hot day, the first time I went was 95. The second time I went was 52. The hike back was grueling but well worth it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

This is a gorgeous trail! High grassy hills dotted with huge shady oaks. A lovely stream to cool your feet with nice shady areas to take a break.
No switchbacks here! Just straight ups and downs with a few steep climbs like a big roller coaster.
We didn't spot any buffalo just a lot of cows.
We had lunch after our hike right down the hill in Santa Isabell which made for a very nice day.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Did this hike in 4/2017 and really enjoyed it. Instead of just doing the loop, we took the trail a couple of miles back towards the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Our hike ended up being around 8 miles but there's the potential to stretch it out to nearly 14 miles if you go all the way to the Santa Ysabel East Preserve trailhead and back.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Pretty tough hike, all uphill for 3 miles. Beautiful surroundings lots of trees, Meadows and creeks. Hiked with Verna and the Sierra Club.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hiked this on a warm Saturday morning in April. We were the only ones on the trail. Due to all the rain we had this winter, the grass was real green and still some pretty wild flowers blooming. The first mile up the hill was fairly steep which I enjoyed. After a mile into the trail, it flattens out and you just do a couple mile loop. Views of the pastures but not a lot of peaks. Tons of mosquitos!! There was still a little water flowing the creek. Peaceful hike but not the spectacular views as others. Not sure it was worth the hour drive for an average easy hike. But I never regret trying a new hike. The best part of the hike was seeing all the cows cross the trail.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Very steep hiking up a peak on a cattle ranchers dirt road so it's very wide. It's worth it once you reach the top and there was a nice pond up there. Beware of snakes sunbathing in the road, we saw a gardener and rattle snake. Stop by Dudley's bakery for their fresh bread and Julian Pie company down the road after.

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