Explore the most popular off road driving 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.

I took the trail on Sunday and I didn’t see some areas in the pics people took the ones where you drive between the rocks the trails were never that wide and couldn’t find that area and I drove everywhere and didn’t see those spots

Closed, Gate is locked.

Closed. Who has a key to one of the 5 locks?

off road driving
2 months ago

Did this trail in a stock JL Sahara no issues, definitely don’t suggest doing in anything bigger then a wrangler as there was a few spots where it was a squeeze.

off road driving
3 months ago

Great off road trail to have some fun. There is one point where the trail gets narrow and my LX470 barley fit without scraping the sliders. I wouldn't try this trail with anything wider than a Land Cruiser. I run a 2.5 inch lift and didn't have any problems. Here is a video of one of the side trails. https://youtu.be/uYjpzd3OtK0

off road driving
3 months ago

What a great trail for off roading! The drive from ocotillo is long and on a desolate road. Once you get on the trail it cover all sorts of terrain including, sand, rocks, on hill climbs.
The trial is not very technical, I would rate it a 3 out of 10.
I did this in a Jeep Wrangler and it was a fun trip.

It was a pretty good trail, don’t think I was allowed to do it on a dual sport but I did it anyway. The soft sand was ruff haha. I probably wouldn’t do it again because of my off road vehicle, but there is definitely beauty in desert scenery.

nice caves and canyons. However, long washboard trail was punishing.

off road driving
5 months ago

Completed this trail 02/24/2018 Via a 2004 Toyota Landcruiser with 32 inch tires no lift only side steps removed .starting in the Julian area and ended at the S2 . Trail has an unlocked gate might need 2 people 1 to hols the gate one to drive threw it . Trail is not difficult starting in Julian it can be completed in 4 high . There js a side trail approx 200 feet up a steep rutted hill at
33.047086 , 116.539230 . This trailed must be completed in 4lo and what ever traction aids your vehicle has turned on . I did manage to 3 wheel up the side trail and down the side trail with no damage. After completing this , the trail is uneven hardpack for a couple miles then you start and decent traveling next to a cliffside with baseball size rocks there is a squeeze at one section with only a couple inches between the Landcruiser and rocks . A couple of microwave size rocks need careful tire placement. And a Sharp turn with some rock stacking from previous adventurers . Hit the valley floor and about 15 minutes your out .

I recommend this trail for stock vehicles equipped with 4 Low and about 9 inches of ground clearance. Trail is more interesting heading up the trail from the s2 in Anza ending in Julian . There is a few side trails which can test your courage and rig . Good luck.

off road driving
6 months ago

off road driving
6 months ago

You can’t go all the way from S2 near Butterfield (at box canyon) to S1 (sunrise highway) with a vehicle, but you can cut across at Chariot Canyon to Banner Grade (Hwy 78). Its a tough trek unless you have the right equipment. I’ve reviewed this already as Oriflamme Canyon trail. Check it out for recommendations. Also passable via Rodriguez Canyon if you want to rock crawl (for you Jeeper creepers). Again, go prepared. Awesome adventure. Oriflamme Canyon and the Mason Valley Truck Trail are worth exploring. The entire trek is hike-ready. It is not truly closed altogether if you are on foot. The PCT crosses this trail too.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Camped in Little Blair valley on the east side of the trail. Several primitive campsites encircle the valley, which gets filled with wildflowers in the spring. Biked the entire route with a buddy; great ride, strenuous at times and some soft sandy sections, but great scenery. Hiked up the indian trail at the southeast end of the loop the next day, its about 3 miles in and back from the trailhead. There are several morteros and Native American petroglyphs on the large rocks in the valley. Heading back it started to rain pretty good, be careful getting out, there are some muddy bits of track on the Big Blair (west loop) side of the range.

hiking
7 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.

off road driving
7 months ago

I have taken this path (The Mason Valley Truck Trail) twice now. Once from the 78 at Banner Grade down to the S2 at Box Canyon and once in the opposite direction from S2 up to 78. Took my LR4 going up and my 4Runner coming down. It was a tough trip going both ways. But also really fun and quite beautiful. Oriflamme has an amazing history. Look it up before you go. The path is rocky and a very rough trip for anyone without experience. I recommend having a spotter/co-pilot on board too - like you would climbing rocks. My most recent trip was in October of 2017. The rains have caused major erosion since my first trip. I would rate it medium to hard because of the tight spaces, shear drops and loose surfaces. Only true off-road “overland” vehicles with a narrow footprint and shorter wheelbase will fit. Ample clearance is important too. No full-size trucks or large SUVs. You’ll risk major damage. Very few places to turn back once you get started. Also note, the big metal gate up at Banner isn’t really locked.

Dusty but lots of fun. Very worth going. Can’t wait to go back. You can also camp there.

it's quite lovely !!!!!!!

Great ride for a newbie or just wanting some quick fun . I wanted to break my new Jeep in somewhere not too far away and this was perfect . Some soft sand but nothing big

off road driving
10 months ago

Easy dirt trails weaving through a valley in a desert mountain range. There is a lot to do up here and many historic and archaeological goodies to see. The vegetation is still desert, but more lush than in the lower elevations of Anza-Borrego, there are a lot of great views and good campsites.

off road driving
10 months ago

Made the mistake of taking my F-150 on this trail. The narrow boulder area was very painful. Not for a stock full size truck. Great trail, will definitely come back with my jeep.

off road driving
11 months ago

Started on the desert side. Tough trail with some narrow parts (large boulder in road on CLIFF side, trees overgrown). The gate is unlocked on the Julian side. Slow going on the steep grades with rocks.

About half way through there is a great plateau for views and space to relax. Made it through with stock 2000 Land Cruiser in 4WD LOW (no running boards, they would have been ripped off from the rocks).

off road driving
Monday, May 08, 2017

Well maintained dirt roads with a lot of secluded campsites. Bathrooms at the Blair Valley entrance. Hike all of the trails off the road, you won't be disappointed! Pictographs, Morteros, and Marshal South Home trails are all quick, easy, and well worth the effort.

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.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Dusty. Lol.

Fun trail. Many washed out spots from the winter rains. Half way up the lengthy switchbacks, there is a tight squeeze due to a boulder that has fallen on the trail: get over or by it, or back down a gnarly section and turn around.

When we got to the trail's end on Banner Grade, there was a "locked gate," or so it appeared. My kids' jaws dropped and they shouted in unison, "what the heck!" (Just push it open...haha).

There is a coin-operated car wash in Ramona to rinse off the mega-amounts of dirt that you will accumulate.

off road driving
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Loved it and beautiful! I would rate this as hard. There is a giant boulder and I needed a spotter to make it by in a jeep unlimited. Most of it is up the mountain overlooking the cliff. Of course it's now all rocks so you have to go slow. There is a gate that is closed and looks locked, just undo the chains and move on

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.

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!!

off road driving
Sunday, February 05, 2017

Fun trail. Awesome scenery! However, the recent storm destroyed the trail. The trail rating is probably more in between moderate and hard. About half way on the trail a giant boulder fell and there was just enough room for a Jeep wrangler to squeeze by. Anything wider would not fit. Luckily I had a co pilot to help navigate.

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