Explore the best 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
8 days ago

i did the hike by myself and didnt see anyone at all, no one bothered me about passing the "private road" sign. its a super easy hike with no real inclines, some overgrowth, tons of fire ants, and beautiful mountains. i went in mid july and during the last 30 minutes of my hike it started to rain! but i saw the most beautiful rainbow.

the only 'con' was that i was super sketched out by the junk/shacks/campers dumped around. approaching the first one (crap everywhere!) i saw empty bullet shells all over the ground, and because i was a girl hiking by myself i almost turned around. fortunately it seems like its all abandoned, i didnt hear or see anyone in any of the shacks or motor homes. does anyone know if people actually live there?

Fun to watch the soaring vultures and ravens. Insects (flying termites?) at the top not as enjoyable.

10 days 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.

14 days ago

The views are gorgeous. Parking is $10. The trail begins between campsites 37&38.

trail running
18 days ago

Difficult hike with very little shade. Park at the convenience store, but ask for permission because the parking spots are labeled as customer only. Once you have parked, you will be crossing the street and walking down the road about 50 ft to get to the trailhead (dirt road with fenced in properties on either side of it).

The trail is accessible by off-road vehicles so the paths are wide. However, there are some areas where it is difficult to determine which direction is correct due to lack of signage. Follow the GPS on here and you should be okay. Trail should only be done by experienced hikers/runners, expect to spend 4-7 hours out there depending on your speed. Bring at least 3 liters of water.

One source of water towards the end of the hike about 14 miles in (if you started on the western side of the loop first) it is a natural spring run off made for a local farm. It is recommended you filter it regardless.