Looking for a great trail near Julian, California? AllTrails has 58 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like William Heise County Park or Agua Caliente County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 29 moderate trails in Julian ranging from 0.6 to 18 miles and from 675 to 6,089 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
2 days ago

I hiked this trail the day after a snow storm and although it was challenging hiking in the snow the views from the peak were well worth it!

hiking
washed out
4 days ago

great beginners hike not too long and not too steep

hiking
snow
10 days ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

One of the coolest hikes I've ever done, and absolutely one of the more strenuous. Make sure to hit the trail early enough if you plan to go out and back, because this was still a good 6 hours for my Eagle Scout hiking buddies and me. The payoff is well worth it though - the trestle is pretty striking. We saw a couple people hike in and make camp for the night a little more than halfway in, which seemed like a cool idea. The south leg of the loop part is a little more difficult to navigate, as the trail is not very well-marked and you're relying on trail markers other hikers have left, and this map. Plus, there really isn't much of a trail in between the palm oasis and the giant rock escarpment. My suggestion would be that if you plan to do the south leg of the loop part, to do it on the way back down, because I'm not sure I would have wanted to play that game of trying to find the trail, had we begun by going up the rocks on the first part. Overall, excellent hike with a stunning view at the end, and it wipes you out pretty well.

Fun ride Upper Noble down and around Big Laguna. Took approx an hour to ride.

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

Such a beautiful trail, easy and peaceful. I loved every minute of hiking this trail. At the very top, you’re able to capture a view that is breathtaking. I would highly recommend this hike to get away from your every day life.

Great and easy trail. I love hiking this one, beautiful view from top. Amazing. I really recommend this trail.

hiking
24 days ago

This is such a beautiful hike! I went alone early in the morning and I wouldn’t recommend as I came upon a coyote. He did run off eventually and I kept going. I’m glad I did because the views were breathtaking! Recommend that if you are an early hiker like me... go with someone or wait until later for this one.

hiking
25 days ago

Love it

off road driving
25 days ago

Great easy drive. Weren’t there late enough as this would be an amazing place to stargaze or pitch the tent for the night. Will definitely come back.

Beautiful hike! We took the Five Oaks Trail on the way down which I would definitely recommend! Nice views and good work out. We went midday which worked out well to get some January warmth/sunshine.

backpacking
25 days ago

Great uncrowded area.

The trail is worth the elevation gain. Beautiful views on the way up and at the top. II found it difficult to follow the trail once it reached boulders near the top. A few markers would help. Better markings on the way down would help hikers identify the two options and not inadvertently go down the backside.

*From Mortero Palms, not the railroad tracks*

This hike is the best hike for a day trip from San Diego. This was my second time attempting this hike being that the first time I went off trail somehow and ended up lost while it was 90° with no shade. This time I came back and finished the hike. Getting there is easy and the dirt roads are perfect. Use the GPS coordinates listed above and make sure you are in a vehicle that’s elevated (not a car) since you have to drive over train tracks. People have put a lot of rocks so you have almost a ramp but I brought 2x4 scraps I had and put them down to fill in any gaps. I have an Outback and made it.

The hike TO the trestle was great - steep incline that left my calves on fire, but it is manageable with quick breaks for water and let your legs relax. The wash is the toughest part to navigate. The trail is clear, but take your eyes off the trail for a second and you could wind up lost. I used the map on this app and followed my gps location on it which helps a ton. Once you get down to the trestle view point (which is cool and you can stop there) you climb to the left and use a rope to descend down then eventually up on on to the trestle tracks for epic pictures.

The trip back was a lot harder we finished the loop and didn’t go back the way we came and went down through the area with the palms and it was seriously tough bouldering at some points. I’m 32 avid hiker with other 30 year old one of whom hiked the entire PCT and we all struggled a bit. We got lost for a moment and ended up in the wrong wash, but made it back.

I thought that by going to the trestle this way I was going to be missing out, but this hike was the best I’ve done in a long time. Do it, just be prepared with a charged phone and lots of water. We started at 1130 and got back at 430.

hiking
29 days ago

Very pleasant short hike! The pictographs are a nice reward at the end

hiking
1 month ago

Some of the steepest terrain appears in the first few hundred yards until you get to the top.

Super easy hike. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife to see.

Amazing hike with bridges, abandoned rail cars and so much more! Although it’s “Closed”, we were able to hike it on a Saturday from the nudist colony.

This was a nice trail to take my niece up, I believe she was 8 at the time. It was great that it was located straight across from our campground. Nice view from the top. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
private property
1 month ago

Stop in the visitor center and ask the volunteers to play the Ghost Mountain 15 minute movie before you head up. It gave us a different perspective after doing that.
Beautiful views and well marked trail in this protected area.

One of my favorite protected areas in the park. Not only the pictographs but if you look you can find other signs of the tribes that visited this area years ago. Going past the pictographs to smugglers cove is worth it for the view.

off road driving
1 month ago

We did this trail today in a Toyota Landcruiser. We couldn't find much information regarding the "squeeze" but it wasn't that bad and our Landcruiser with through it without any issues. This trail is actual two trails. You'll start off on the Orifllamme but will vector off to the Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail. I couldn't find much information on the Rodriguez Spur but overall the trail is moderate with a virtually stock FourRunner completing the trail without any issues.
Note - There are several rock garden bypasses. If your vehicle isn't setup for rock crawling take the easy bypasses. These are some SERIOUS rock gardens.

off road driving
1 month ago

I couldn't find any reviews of the Rodriguez Spur Truck Trail so I recorded our trip today.

NOTE - There is a "locked" gate at the start of this trail but its a false lock, simple undo the chain and drive through. Please make sure to close the gate when you're past and setup the lock as you found it. This is a moderate trail with many very technical rock garden bypasses. ONLY attempt the rock garden bypasses if you have a vehicle capable of serious rock crawling. The loop with take you to a primitive camp spot which has plenty of space for multiple vehicles and plenty of flat patches to pitch tents. The best test spots are a very short hike across the small ravine. There will be a very large and very flat plateau with great views and plenty of room for multiple tents.

On the Oriflamme Trail, many users commented about a big boulder that dropped onto the trail creating a squeeze. Yes the squeeze is there but it isn't as tight as people say. Our landcruiser made it past no problem.

Very fun and scenic trail. We will definitely do this trail again and maybe make a weekend camping trip out of it.

Beautiful trail! Great workout on a brisk morning! My second Cuyamaca hike since starting this “hiking addiction “ This one was fun due to recent element of snow and much colder weather! Very few signs of snow left but the illusion of “mud” or “running water” along the trail kept me amazed! I would step on it and was expecting to slip or slide but the ground was solid! Thankful we went during the chilly temps because before long it would no longer be an illusion!! FYI. 4 mile round trip! And I would classify as “moderate” compared to other peaks I have recently done!

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