Old Banner Toll Road Trail

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Old Banner Toll Road Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from October until June.

3.7 miles 898 feet Out & Back

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11 days ago

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1 month ago

Good for a quick hike. Beautiful at sunrise.

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2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Short but sweet! Fun little adventure.

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2 months ago

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

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5 months ago

Good for family

5 months ago

not another soul(minus the snake and bat I saw) on the trail, which I always love.

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1 year ago

Awesome hike and great with kids. We didn't see any residents or locals per the previous reviews. We actually went down the private drive and irked across from trail entrance. The mines are cool and we also saw a sleeping bat.. Thankfully he didn't see us. You can even see rusted out reply old cars in the canyon. It was 2.5 miles round trip from the trailhead.

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1 year ago

****GPS DIRECTIONS ARE WRONG****. Read angel Anderson's review below for the right directions. Pretty much park in the cul de sac and to your right you will see a road with a sign that says " private road" walk down and stay on the road and a few hundred feet later on the left hand side is the banner toll road with the famous yellow sign. As long as you stay on the road/trail you are fine. Bring water and flashlights to explore the two yes two mines on the trail. One is about halfway thru on the right hand side and the second one the actual warlock mine is near the old rusted remains. Pretty cool and definitely worth the trip

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2 years ago

I followed the tracker from the review below and could not for the life of me find the trail head. It's super sketchy and you will definitely get approached by the people who live near by because you are basically on their land. Next time I may try to use the directions a few posts down and see if it feels less invasive.

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2 years ago

Loved this hike! If you GPS my tracker start point, you will find out where you need to park - the "directions" link is wrong.

The trail is actually really easy, just rocky. Make sure you have hiking boots or shoes and watch your footing.

We followed "Waynes Trail" down towards Banner to check out the mines. There is an arrow at the bottom to point you in the correct direction.

We only saw a few people the whole time. The locals seemed a little drunk & kooky. But nothing to be too scared of.

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2 years ago

We did this hike today and absolutely loved it! The mines were so cool...you gotta go inside! To find them, keep an eye out for little side trails in the mountain side. They are amazing! We even saw a bat! Make sure you bring a flash light...those mines get pitch black really fast!

You have to walk down a private road and be prepared to get a little resistance from the locals. We had a hard time finding the trailhead until we read the following from another reviewer on YELP:

"To get there you'll want to follow these directions taken from Afoot and Afield: Drive 1 mile east from Julian on the 78, and turn right at Whispering Pines Road. Immediately after, make a sharp right on Banner Road, then a quick left on Woodland Road. Follow Woodland Road 0.3 mile to its end at the cul-de-sac, where you can park."