Rising over 5,000 feet, Volcan Mountain is the dominant scenic feature for a significant portion of San Diego's backcountry and visible from the Pacific coastline 60 miles away. It is one of the last privately-owned and relatively untouched areas of Southern California and is an extraordinary natural treasure which must be preserved for future generations.

hiking
26 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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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.

Good scenery and not a difficult trek. I came across a flock of wild Turkeys, then of of course the cattle grazing in the fields.

Loved this trail. Spectacular views!

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
2 months ago

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

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.

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