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
1 day ago

The trail is wide and well maintained, would be a good one to bring the pups. Nice views at the top of the summit

12 days ago

Beautiful hike with a moderate amount of steep sections

12 days ago

great hikers and viewers.

23 days ago

Really great hike in Julian with beautiful fields. Also a great one for dog lovers!

hiking
27 days ago

This was a great trail: clearly marked, well-maintained, and provided a diversity of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife.

hiking
29 days ago

East to get to, great views, and more shade than I had expected. However, there were a lot of flies and gnats flying into my face than I preferred. I've done this hike twice and the experience was the same both times.

hiking
2 months ago

What a great hike! I took 5 Oaks up and the road trail back down. I LOVED the views from 5 Oaks, and all the shade. I was super slow on the ascent because I was taking so many pics. It was very windy once I was about a mile from the summit - it felt great!! If you’re not hiking with dogs I would definitely recommend doing the 5 Oaks trail, at least on the way up (dogs aren’t allowed on the 5 Oaks trail). The other path was pretty steep and seemed to never end, but was fine for the descent. Some people I met while on their way up that trail were pretty winded. I would definitely do this one again.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice and more shade then you would expect.

hiking
3 months ago

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

5 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
5 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
6 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
6 months ago

Fantastic hike with fantastic views at the top

6 months ago

very easy walking ...very scenic.

6 months ago

good distance, beautiful hike

hiking
6 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
6 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
7 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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7 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

7 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
7 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!

8 months ago

Amazing views! Love this trail!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful view and lovely nature.

hiking
10 months ago

Great short hike with excellent views at the top.

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