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William Heise Desert View and Canyon Oak Loop Trail

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William Heise County Park

William Heise Desert View and Canyon Oak Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 2.6 mi Elevation gain 731 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Photos (55)
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Completed (189)
Diptojit Datta
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Lisa Neff
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HikingRocky

Great trail, good workout for almost 3 miles. Alittle rocky in some places. Beautiful views. We went to the top, Glen view.

Texas T.
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Walking

nice views!

Pesky Blubber
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Hiking

gorgeous sunrise walk

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Jade Felix
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HikingNo shadeRocky

It was a great short little trail that is great for beginners who are getting into hiking

Alysha S.
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Hiking
Melissa Antico
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HikingMuddyWashed out

pretty views. a little muddy from recent snow and rain but overall good!

Michael Cowan
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Hiking

Great hike with some snow around and excellent views. No one else on trail and very peaceful.

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Hannah Robbins
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked this with my dog around 10am. First to take it after snowfall. Wow. So beautiful. Heading down was a bit of a slip and slide so I was thankful to have my doggo for extra stability. I saw a lot of bobcat and coyote tracks. Since we were first out we ended up having to clear a bunch of the trail since the heavy snow was bending bush and tree limbs across the path, but we did the hard part! I would say it’s a pretty easy loop, just be careful heading down when muddy and with the snow melting.

Hanna Olson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Pretty cool views the whole way. I suggest just following the desert view signs. It’s the more challenging and fun part of the hike. We went counter-clockwise from the trailhead. After hitting the peak, coming down the other side is the really fun/pretty part. Great hike and will be doing it again!

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Vanessa Bandith
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HikingBugsOver grown

Pretty decent trail, simple loop but there are other trails. Spotted a baby rattle snake along the way.

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Beth Whitfield
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Great views of Cleveland National Forest and Salton Sea (from Glen’s view). It’s plenty rocky and a little steep in some places, but in short, rewarding bursts.

Michael Cali
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Austin D.
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Sherwood Martinez
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

Not a bad trail, make sure you have some good hiking shoes because there a tons of rocks. At glens peak you can see as far as the salton sea. Nice views. Decent breeze. I’d do it again on a cooler (not hot summer) day.

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Kim Duncan
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Hiking

Beautiful and no one but us.... So many trails to explore....path is well marked and manicured

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Bibiana Medina
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Fun day last week hiking this trail. Cool weather made it great & the views of the desert are very nice.

Carrie Farnes
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Hiking

Great hike—moderate is an accurate rating. Wonderful views at the top. We started on a Nature Trail by a group camp spot. I think it made for a longer hike. WH Park is awesome.

Lesslie Severns
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Good hike. Just the right amount of challenging. We took two kids with us 5. & 7, they did great. Highly recommend it!

Crispin Evenich
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Quiet and beautiful

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