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Volcan Mountain Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,227 ft Route type Out & Back

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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.

No water or facilities.

Free and open to the public. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. There are no restrooms at the site.

From Julian, California, go north from town on Farmer Road about 2.2 miles. Turn right on Wynola Road for about 100 yards, then turn left, back onto the continuation of Farmer Road. Proceed 100 yards more and park on the shoulder of the paved road by the preserve sign on the right.

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Reviews (771)
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Recordings (582)
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Sonia Pancratz
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Hiking

Beautiful morning, nice cool breeze, plenty of people in the trail but not crowded. I saw a young coyote cross right in front of me. Also, bluebirds, deer and still some flowers blooming. Make sure to do the full circle at the top. Lot’s of plaques with maps and information about the area along the way. Well maintained trail. Parking on the road by local farms. Porta potty at the main entrance. Seemingly safe and enjoyable hike.

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Tommy L
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Hiking

I felt like I was in the south of Spain again all that was missing were the olive groves. all kinds of birds of prey, waving winds of grain and a gorgeous sunset to boot fairly easy hike highly recommend definitely do the five Oaks Trail to spell you from the wider fire Road

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Lily Bergreen
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HikingGreat!

This is my favorite trail by far, the end result has the most stunning views and it’s great for sunrise or sunset hikes because both sides are just out of this world beautiful. The hike is fairly steep so bring PLENTY of water. My person favorite way to hike this trail is for sunrise because it’s cool on the way up and then if you leave by 6:30, the sun is up enough to have seen the sunrise but still fairly cool out.

Linda Wells
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Hiking

A little steeper than expecting especially at the beginning and end but once you get over the worst of the incline the views are great. Make sure to bring lots of water because it does not have the most shade.

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Nichole Sellers
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Hiking

Start of trail is beautifully marked with wood carvings and art - trail map and information along with port-o-potties at start of trail. Fire road starts trail and goes up for about .5 miles - we took the Five Oaks Trail to the right after tiring of the fire road - it was much prettier - rocky and switchbacks. Best part - we started around 7am so our upward trek was shaded! Bring water - take your time it is mostly uphill!!

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Sarah S.
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Hiking

Go early and bring a lot of water! By early I mean around 7am or earlier. This time of year is hot and the path is steep. It was 95 degrees by the time I left at 11am and there was barely a breeze. If you go early there’s some shade. Beautiful view at the top though but it was too hot to enjoy it.

Pete Camarda
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Hiking

Took the five oaks trail up and the dirt road down, great hike

elisa beasley
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Hiking

Great Trail! Easy to follow and beautiful views.

Mel Burn
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Hiking

It was a beautiful hike with peaceful nature throughout and a steady incline. The panoramic view from the top was amazing. It has a good amount of Sun but was a perfect temperature throughout since we started early. I would recommend.

Irwin Salas
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Hiking

It was nice and wide. Nicely shaded. Great views of the hills

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Xiaokang Zhang
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Hiking

The trail is so wide so it’s easy to keep social distance, nice view over the top, bring 2 liters of water and start early

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Maureen Dawson
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Hiking

Great hike. Get there early. We started at 8am, but probably should have started at 7. It was pretty warm out there and a good amount of sun exposure. We took the Fair Oaks Trails because it had a better view, but it did add an extra .25 miles each way. Brought a couple liters of water just in case. It's definitely a good heart pumper on the way up, and worth the view! I appreciate when summits have pictures of surrounding summits so you can identify what's around you. There's a good shaded area to take a break at the top. There was a group at the top blaring music; remember to put headphones in so we can all enjoy the sounds of nature we went up there for!

Adeline Nyadanou
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Hiking

This trial definitely kick my behind seeing as I haven't been hiking in the past three months or so. But it was still amazing, from the scenery and just the view over the city of Julian and the backwoods of San Diego. Also stumbled on a rattle snake on the way down, that was an experience all in itself. The hole itself is entirely uphill but if you take the Five Oaks trial it'll take you back down which I think is a lot easier on the legs.

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Michele Giangrande
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This trail was a bit more difficult than anticipated, a consistent ascent. It was a good climb, lots of bugs, and very hot. Go early this time of year. Five Oaks is a great trail to come down on and more shady areas. Not crowded and respectful hikers on trail. Loved seeing the Salton Sea and San Jacinto mountains from the top

Katie Quartuccio
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Very consistently steep!!

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Austin Kinard
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Hiking

Beautiful and windy trail!!! Great views of both San Diego country side and desert. Although beautiful it is a tough 2.5 mile ascent but it’s well worth the climb. Would rate as a moderate skill hike!!

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Stephanie Fox
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Megan Caldwell
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Hiking

great 360 views. beginning is a little brutal but after that it’s a great rewarding hike

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Gabrielle Lynas
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Crowded but nice - views are okay.

Anu Herranen
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail, not a lot of shade. Went upwards along the main trail and downwards along the narrow forest trail. We started 8am and going down it was pretty hot for our dog

Chris P
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Hiking

As of 06/20/2020, TRAIL COMPLETELY OPEN. It's a hot hike so I'm glad I did it very early in the morning. Beautiful oaks and views from the ocean to Arizona. Trail is in good condition and grade isn't too steep.

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Dennis Bourland
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy to walk and talk and look around. Quiet escape from all things crazy. Go early, bring water.

Jesus Gonzalez
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Hiking

I wanted to go on this hike but couldn't find much info on bringing kids to this trail. I have a 4 year old and although small kids have tons load of energy, its not the same things. I can happily say that my 4 year old, my wife and I did complete this hike. Arrived to the entrance and started the hike around 12:30pm on a sunny clear day. Weather was 66 degrees. Hike is not long but the majority of it does require you to go up in elevation. We had to take multiple breaks to make sure the kiddo could handle the hike. We decided to take the Five Oaks Trails on the way up based on recommendations from other members. I would say it was well worth it. Views are beautiful and I do feel like the Five Oaks Trail has more shade which was a plus. Only down side is that the trail itself is very narrow, but not a big issue. Once we connected back to the Volcan trail we went up another 0.5 mile and that's where I would say the winds were very strong. I would suggest that even on a sunny dry day, bring a lite jacket because it does make a world of a difference. At the very top we found the picnic table, but we followed the trail below there that took us to the wooden bench that has a dedication. We sat there for an hour and had the whole mountain to ourselves. The view there was what made it all worth the hard work. Its not an easy hike and yes I would say it is possible for a 4 year old to do it but you do need to take it easy. It took us 2 hours to reach the summit and 1.5 hours to make it back to our car at the bottom. Make sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks. Its a challenging hike but well worth it.

Justin May
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Sepideh Amini
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Make sure you get there early in the morning because the sun and the high elevation is challenging. Bug repellent spray is a must.

Mel P
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Setareh S.
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Hiking

Great and challenging hike. There is a constant incline which makes the hike challenging. There are shades along the way. The hike doesn’t take too long. The views at the top are breathtaking and it’s totally worth it. It’s definitely one of the more challenging hikes.

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