Kelly Ditch Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,414 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Difficult trail for mountain biking. There are many fallen trees on the path forcing you to pick up your bike. This trail is either uphill or downhill (no flat areas). There are many trail logs across the trail that make the ride a bit more difficult for new bikers

recorded Kelly Ditch Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Only made it out about 3 miles. Too much bushwhacking, it was really annoying. Trail was clear for the first 1.5 miles or so. Won’t be back until we see reviews that the trail is clear again.

hiking
fee
3 months ago

LOST-My wife possibly lost a thin gold necklace with a small gold sand dollar pendant on it. Not expensive but sentimental value. If found please comment and I will send you my information. Thanks

hiking
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Steep climb and rocky so come prepared with the correct footwear. Good workout!

hiking
blowdown
scramble
3 months ago

Great trail, very easy to follow. A lot of scramble because of loose rocks. It appears the trail is under heavy maintenance. Plenty of spots you will have to duck under branches or hop over trees. Saw plenty of mountain lion paw prints. With all of that said, I greatly enjoyed the ruggedness of the trail. Saw only two other hikers. At the lake, the security guard didn’t allow us to chow... not even for literally 5 minutes. Apparently it costs $10. At the start of the trail, you must pay $3 to park at the guard shack.

hiking
bugs
over grown
6 months ago

Great trail. It was the best marked trail we have ever hiked. We are older & slower so it took us 6:45 of hiking & which included picnic lunch at Lake C. We started at 9 am. It was mostly shaded, mostly up and down with a few sections of level. But nothing extreme. It was an AWESOME hike. Occasionally I would be whacked with a branch poking into the trail so it might be a good idea to bring long pants and a light long sleeve shirt. I’ve got some minor arm and leg scratches. The fall colors were beautiful. Lake C was so nice too. We encountered no other hikers on this trail. Not one all day long. 11.9 miles

hiking
blowdown
muddy
no shade
over grown
Tue Apr 02 2019

great trail with some water this time of year. Pretty steep incline in the one section. great views of the saints and el cap when you get above the chaparral. lots of downed trees further up the trail as well. Nothing unmanageable though.

Thu Nov 22 2018

Great scenery, easy to navigate.

mountain biking
Sat Jul 07 2018

Went blind on this trail looking for a challenging ride out of William Heise campgrounds. Very tough climb lots of melon sized rocks, couple of fallen trees along the way. This trail is probably hardly ridden or hiked. No foot prints, no sign of any activity on the trail what so ever! Had a blast, very tough, remote, beautiful, for biking this definitely black diamond. Bring lot's of water!

Mon Dec 04 2017

Hiked this yesterday. I did not find it spectacular or worth the drive to Julian from San Diego. I saw only 1 other hiker and it was on a Sunday so it is not very popular.

hiking
Sun Nov 12 2017

My first hike with the HikeMania group out of San Diego. Great group of people. Beautiful fall day. You can still see the ravages of the fire 10 years ago, but the vegetation is growing back. All Trails has the mileage and elevation change wrong. The actual mileage is 12.1 miles for the out and back route.

hiking
Mon Jun 12 2017

Paid $3 for parking. Trail not for kids. steep incline. Nice views. Due to fires, trail was a bit obstructed.

camping
Thu Aug 11 2016

Did this trail 2 years ago. Fantastic views

hiking
Mon May 02 2016

We started this hike at Cuyamaca Lake, hiking to William Heise Park. To do that, we took two cars, left one at William Heise and the other at Lake Cuyamaca. The signs say it's 5.5 miles, but that's to the park's boundary. It's about another 1.5 miles to the parking lot from the boundary. It's a beautiful hike, somewhat challenging with the elevation gains and losses. We went in April and there were lots of wild flowers. The view at the highest point is gorgeous, looking to the west and seeing El Capitan Mountain and Cuyamaca Peak. I think if it had been a clear day we could have seen the ocean. Definitely worthwhile!

hiking
Mon Apr 04 2016

Great late afternoon hike. Definitely want to repeat soon!

hiking
Tue Jun 02 2015

Did this as an overnight backpack from Lake Cuyamaca and it was good, coming back the second day was a good climb out of William Heise park. Trail says 5.5 mi. but it felt longer!

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

recorded Kelly Ditch Trail

hiking
9 months ago

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Wed May 15 2019

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Sun Apr 14 2019

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Sun Mar 31 2019

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Sun Nov 25 2018

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