Volcan Mountain Trail

MODERATE 216 reviews

Volcan Mountain Trail is a 5 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
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1151 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
3 days ago

Beautiful view and lovely nature.

hiking
4 days ago

Great short hike with excellent views at the top.

hiking
17 days 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
17 days 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
26 days ago

Easy trail. Weather was cold and crisp.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

The trail has wide road(for maintenance cars) and lots of shades. I think it’s a good trail for a group. There is a trail, naming Five Oaks Trail in parallel. We took the main trail pass on the way to peak and tried Five Oaks on way back. The trail of Five Oak is much narrow and steep. It’s totally different from the main trail for the view, so it’s good that we can try two kinds of trails at once. If you aren’t confident in your physical strength, I think you should choose to keep the main trail for hill climb, not Five Oaks trail.

2 months ago

Steady climb with decent shade and lots of interesting flora. Perfect temperature for a midday hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I started this hike half way though because we started hiking from the Five Oaks Trail which was really nice. once we started on this it waa really easy and nice to walk all the way to the top. Great views and my 2 year old loved walking back down from the viewpoint.

hiking
4 months ago

I hike this out and back trail every time I go to Julian. It is steady uphill climb to top. All downhill on the way back to start. Nice views towards the ocean and desert the other direction. Probably 2/3 is under tree cover. Trail is well maintained. A pleasant hike.

hiking
4 months ago

started around 9 and finished around 12 or so. Really enjoyed the summit but flies and gnats were kinda driving my son and I buggy. Very interesting history along the trail. I would do this one again. the gate at the entrance was cool. Really enjoyed sitting at the bench a relaxing for bit.

hiking
5 months ago

Me and my 6 year old son did this hike. The view at the top was awesome. The hike was very easy to navigate, nothing crazy.

hiking
6 months ago

This is probably a pretty good hike, however, I tried to start at 1:30pm and it was way too hot to continue. I know... that's too late to start, but I decided to give it a go. It's pretty steep, and not many flat areas. I'll do it again but in the Fall or early AM.

hiking
6 months ago

Check conditions and pack accordingly... winds were gusting at close to 50mph at the summit.

hiking
7 months ago

I just had a GREAT experience on this trail. Easy to find, beautiful views, few people out. The best part was the Julian Blues festival in the valley below. Such a treat for this hike. You are super exposed on the first part of the hike so I was really struggling with the heat and the incline is steep. Other than that it was great. I'll be back on a cooler day.

hiking
7 months ago

A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. There's a moderate incline on the way up that provides some good cardio but nothing too strenuous. The trail is wide and in good condition. Views along the way and at the top are beautiful. Will definitely plan to hike this one again.

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