Explore the most popular trails near Julian with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



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Julian, California Map

One of the most enjoyable hikes in the area.

6 days 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.

I'm giving this hike 3/5 stars because we didn't end up finishing it- admittedly due to a lack of preparation. I tried to rely on the Alltrails path in order to do this hike. I don't recommend this approach. The trail is very poorly marked, and the trail that is coded into Alltrails isn't really a trail at all. Following the trail on the app requires scrambling up steep slopes with large boulders. We ended up making it up to the false summit, about 1/2-2/3 of the way up. Due to increasing winds and the a decreasing amount of sunlight with about 1,000 feet to climb, we decided to turn back.

I would definitely be interested in trying this again, as I'm sure the views from the top are incredible, but would need to map out the route in advance.

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

Hiked this yesterday. I did not find it spectacular or worth the drive to Julian from San Diego. I saw only 1 other hiker and it was on a Sunday so it is not very popular.

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13 days ago

Great trail...cattle, deer and turkey

18 days ago

Awesome beauty BUT cactus spines and dogs don’t go together.

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