Explore the most popular camping 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.

mountain biking
15 days ago

Went blind on this trail looking for a challenging ride out of William Heise campgrounds. Very tough climb lots of melon sized rocks, couple of fallen trees along the way.
This trail is probably hardly ridden or hiked. No foot prints, no sign of any activity on the trail what so ever!
Had a blast, very tough, remote, beautiful, for biking this definitely black diamond.
Bring lot's of water!

camping
1 month ago

I visited just before the Agua Caliente campgrounds closed for summer, Memorial weekend. With the hot springs, nice bathrooms with soap and running water, and a general store close by, it was still a great trip despite the 100 degree weather.

Even got to see bighorn sheep on the trail!

Fun little hike with the kids

on Canyon Sin Nombre

4 months ago

This trail is the museum of geology.

hiking
4 months ago

Not the most interesting hike I've been on but it was enjoyable and the environment is definitely beautiful. Lots of desert Flora to enjoy.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice surface to hang. Beautiful setting.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with diverse terrain. Cool, moist canyon with open desert approach, rocks and mountain trails. Lands right on top of Agua Caliente. Big horn sheep are on the trail if you start early enough. Relatively easy to traverse.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the best examples of native “rock art” in the region. Easy to access and a pleasant nature hike overall. Bring the kids. Wash is stable most of the year. Still best to bring a 4x4.

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

It was beautiful!!

hiking
8 months ago

My first hike with the HikeMania group out of San Diego. Great group of people. Beautiful fall day. You can still see the ravages of the fire 10 years ago, but the vegetation is growing back. All Trails has the mileage and elevation change wrong. The actual mileage is 12.1 miles for the out and back route.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful colors on the canyon walls. Check out the branching slot canyon about halfway up for a great view across the plateau.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Paid $3 for parking. Trail not for kids. steep incline. Nice views. Due to fires, trail was a bit obstructed.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Did this one the other day and is a good hiking for kids. We tried to locate the Elsinore Fault but we couldn't find it because we don't exactly know where and what it looks like.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I believe they call this trail Marsh Trail Wash now. Nice leveled trail that ends up in a bunch of Palm trees and dried up pond.

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

This hike ends atop a dry waterfall overlooking the valley below. The weekend rains brought snow to the Lagunas and a partial rainbow in the early morning light. We saw one boulder with pictographs and on the right just before the end of the trail are numerous morteros.

off road driving
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Good basic 4 wheel drive trail One tiny rough spot otherwise soft sand and basic hill. Tight walls and excellent camping. Opens nicely to a larger wash that you can follow a ways and pick the highway up again.

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

great hike. super easy gently slopes up and down a couple times. pictographs are awesome about halfway between the start and dry waterfall. lots of chollas along the trail but also tons of flowers. it gets sandy past the pictographs as you walk through the wash but I didn't notice it with hiking boots and a 40 pound kid on my back. wear long sleeve and pants as with any other desert hiking. awesome view at the end there is a be Hive underneath the fall tho but they were cool.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beautiful walk down the canyon. Take water.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Short and sweet!! we were a bit disappointed since we were expecting to see more hyeroglyphs and there is only one to see, but... we went to the end and what a wonderful view on the Vallecito Valley below!!

camping
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Did this trail 2 years ago. Fantastic views

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

We started this hike at Cuyamaca Lake, hiking to William Heise Park. To do that, we took two cars, left one at William Heise and the other at Lake Cuyamaca. The signs say it's 5.5 miles, but that's to the park's boundary. It's about another 1.5 miles to the parking lot from the boundary. It's a beautiful hike, somewhat challenging with the elevation gains and losses. We went in April and there were lots of wild flowers. The view at the highest point is gorgeous, looking to the west and seeing El Capitan Mountain and Cuyamaca Peak. I think if it had been a clear day we could have seen the ocean. Definitely worthwhile!

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Great late afternoon hike. Definitely want to repeat soon!

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Did this hike with my family and we loved it! nice pictograph and the Smugglers Canyon outlook was amazing!

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

NIce little hike, good for kids. There is a sign at the trailhead that says no dogs on the trail, so I'm not so sure this is a dog friendly hike. I would call and check with the rangers on that. The trail is easy to follow, but wear long pants for all the cacti.

hiking
Friday, December 11, 2015

A nice hike through a narrow canyon with many geological features. There were many people there when we hiked it! The "trail" is a jeep road which gets quite a bit of traffic. A nice walk from the road or drive a mile to the canyon opening. Went in the fall, spring would be best due to lack of greenery.

hiking
Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Did this as an overnight backpack from Lake Cuyamaca and it was good, coming back the second day was a good climb out of William Heise park. Trail says 5.5 mi. but it felt longer!

hiking
Friday, November 21, 2014

This was a nice little hike. Not too hard, not too easy. At the top was an amazing view of the Pacific very far off in the distance. I would do it again. Try to time it so you hit the apex around sunset, and you'll be rewarded.

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