Volcan Mountain Trail

MODERATE 293 reviews

Volcan Mountain Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,227 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Volcan Mountain Trail is located near the old mining town of Julian. The trail follows an old road to the summit and this pleasant day hike provides excellent vistas.

hiking
21 days ago

One of my favorites! If you go right after the last snowfall you manage to see two seasons. Beautiful!

2 months ago

Quiet. Very nice hike. Enjoyed the flowers. Saw a deer and wild turkeys. Took 5 oaks trail up and stayed straight coming down.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy going hike ideal for families or beginners - but the incredible views make it worthwhile for everyone. I went up the 5 Oaks trail and came down the regular one - worth taking the 5 Oaks for the extra views along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. A favorite for sure. Did the regular trail with my 10 year old. Fantastic views throughout and phenomenal from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike with fantastic views at the top

3 months ago

very easy walking ...very scenic.

3 months ago

good distance, beautiful hike

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike. Going up through the 5 oak trail on the way up is the best. Great views from there too plus it is covered most of the time. You get to see both sides of San Diego mountain peaks. Very comfortable hike. A must see hike for sure.

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great time hiking Volcan mountain today, the grade is pretty steep but some well placed tree canopy’s provide some shaded patches through out. Highly recommend, the view from the top is well worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Took 5 oak trail to summit. Good hike and good views. multiple outlook points at summit and during hike!

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4 months ago

Amazing view! I’d recommend taking the Five Oak Trail which makes the hike a little longer but there are more beautiful views that way

4 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Closer to 5.2 miles if you take the five oaks trail on the way back. Elevation gain is significant but there are shady spots to rest and the views at the top are worth it!

5 months ago

Amazing views! Love this trail!

5 months ago

Beautiful and peaceful views. I wish I brought a book to read at the bench at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

nice hike close to Julian. great views from up there.

hiking
5 months ago

It is end of February and my dog and I loved this wide and well maintained trail. First time my dog saw and got to play in the snow. It was windy and cold at the top. Beautiful views all the way to the ocean on one side and the desert on the other.

6 months ago

Such a beautiful hike and some amazing views from the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail but can get very windy at the top! Take five oaks trail on your way down. Fun trail! Amazing views. Worth it!

hiking
6 months ago

Good quick hike! Great views on a clear day from the top!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful view and lovely nature.

hiking
7 months ago

Great short hike with excellent views at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Lovely trail with great views. The uphill climb is no joke - I found this to be pretty strenuous but maybe I’m just out of shape... lots of shady places to rest, thankfully. Bring your own water and bags for your dog if you have one. Water/bags not provided at trailhead.

hiking
7 months ago

I'm not an avid hiker although I enjoy it very much (I need to make time for more of it. 2018 goal!). I would've considered this moderately strenuous though. The uphill trek was rocky and steeper at some areas than expected. highly recommend a walking stick and sturdy hiking shoes.

The view was beautiful! the marine layer was covering the ocean, but the perspective of seeing many mountains in SD County is breathtaking.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail. Weather was cold and crisp.

hiking
8 months ago

Stunning views from the top, you can see all the way to the ocean and Catalina island west and the Salton Sea east. the Five Oaks trail is a nice little extra on the way back down, giving a very different hiking experience and scenery than the main trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail, very scenic. We hiked to the telescope. The views are amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

love this trail! spectacular views, wide trail, amazing!

9 months ago

I love this trail first thing in the morning. We started at 7 am , we saw the moon set and the sun rise , we saw 4 dear, it got really foggy then cleared up at the top.... just amazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike. Really nice views and well maintained. Great for a quick family hike.

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