Explore the most popular views 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.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail is wide and well maintained, would be a good one to bring the pups. Nice views at the top of the summit

Beautiful hike with a moderate amount of steep sections

great hikers and viewers.

Beautiful hike - went out and back., and about 20 min towards Primitive Camp.
Amazing 360 degree views from top and end of ridge. On Oct 20, 2018 - a lot of fall foliage with bright yellow Aspens, and some firefly oak tree leaves. Definitely trail goes up and down several times - as it ascends. Cooler temps because of elevation, starting out at Green Valley Campground.

Great early fall hike. Beautiful pastoral vistas. Wild blackberries are just ripening...yumm :) Saw a bobcar at 2 in the afternoon, very cool. highly recommend this hike

Great hike—moderate is an accurate rating. Wonderful views at the top. We started on a Nature Trail by a group camp spot. I think it made for a longer hike. WH Park is awesome.

When you need a trail to get you back into it after a 2 month summer hibernation. Off to Cuyamaca

Really great hike in Julian with beautiful fields. Also a great one for dog lovers!

This was a great trail: clearly marked, well-maintained, and provided a diversity of landscapes, vegetation, and wildlife.

East to get to, great views, and more shade than I had expected. However, there were a lot of flies and gnats flying into my face than I preferred. I've done this hike twice and the experience was the same both times.

Easy hike, not very taxing at all. Stellar views, nice trail, cool trees. 10/10

Awesome trail! Gradual incline on the switchbacks. I am fat and hate switchbacks but this was moderate and doable. Some areas are Rocky ankle twisters, also a few rock scrambles. Pay the $10 to park at the campground don't cheat it that money helps maintain the trails. Don't be a ass. Bathrooms at the campground are clean picnic tables for lunch, nice place. Julian up the road is nice stop for an ice cream reward.

great trail. one of my favorites. I hike it all the time.

Good hike. Just the right amount of challenging. We took two kids with us 5. & 7, they did great. Highly recommend it!

hiking
1 month ago

Gets your heart pumping at the top :) beautiful views the whole hike short but definitely worth putting on checklist

5 star views but 2 star trail quality. The second half was quite over grown and parts were pretty steep and loose, if you’re tackling this hike I’d recommend wearing pants to save yourself some scratches.

Awesome views up towards Cuyamaca and around the forest. Lots of rocks at the top for sitting and enjoying views.

Got to where the trail should have dropped down. Found a few trail markers then complete thick brush. Nice walk along the fire road though.

hiking
1 month ago

Good quick, flat hike, nice views of the desert, a historical marker about half way that has some good views going south. Looks like it is mostly a road for people driving up to camp or check out the Pictographs a few more miles up.

1 month ago

Nice hike, definitely going again

It was my first time here and I loved this hike! This is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done in California! It’s more of a 4-mile trail, round trip. Definitely start this hike early in the morning to take advantage of the shade!

Nice loop trail. Includes some good viewpoints where you can see up to Stonewall Peak and over to the east to the observatory. We went counter clockwise so getting to the last mile was a steeper uphill back toward the trail head.

on Stonewall Peak Trail

hiking
2 months ago

9/13/2018: Short, sweet...perfect. We planned to come here for a sunset hike, but we misjudged midweek traffic and an unusually busy workday for me, so it ended up being a sunset/night hike. We arrived at 6:15 PM on a Thursday afternoon (an hour later than planned). Paid $10 and parked at the Paso Picacho Campground lot (if you’re arriving later in the day like we did, be sure to bring exact $$$, since there isn’t an attendant later in the day to provide change. One could argue that you don’t NEED to pay the honor system pay envelope “after hours,” but who wants to chance it? Not me; I have no idea where Park Rangers check the lots later in the day. And who wants to be that person anyway?) Walked across the 79 to the trailhead and embarked on the ascent. The “hardest” part of this easy hike is in the very beginning. Once you’re past that initial hump, the rest of the hike will be easy switchbacks, with a fun section at the very end “scrambling” up the rock faces (there are railings the entire way at the top, so fear not. It’s easy).

Made it to the peak in about 45 min, exactly at 7:00 PM to catch the sunset (with a couple short breaks along the way for photo ops). We made it back to the car by 7:30-45. It was full dark by the time we made it back down to the parking lot, so we took it slow coming down (good thing we had headlamps to help us along the way). The headlamps attracted a bunch of flying insects, so be sure to bring bug spray if you’re doing a night hike. It won’t stop them from flying towards the light, but it will keep them from landing/crawling on you.

We came across just two other hikers and a bunny on the way up, but otherwise, it was quiet and peaceful (save for a rattle from the brush we heard earlier in the hike, but didn’t see the critter itself). Overall, would highly recommend as a midweek sunset/night hike. The stars were drop dead gorgeous on the way down. It was absolutely worth the drive.

I love this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike 2nd time around after last year’s unsuccessful attempt to the peak. 6.40 RT mileage and 1,219’ elevation gains of serious bushwhacking on a warm 91+ degree weather day. Forearms all scratched from the high and pointy brushes. Located, signed the official Peak Log and located only 1 of 3 Geological Benchmarks!

One of my favorite hikes.
Gorgeous views, not strenuous but you feel like you went on a hike when you're done.
Completed without complaint by kids 5-12.
Pros - Nice workout, beautiful views, pretty campground at the beginning.
Cons - I didn't feel comfortable taking the 5 year old and 7 year old up the rocks to the peak (I've been called paranoid), although I didn't see any, there was a lot of chatter about rattlesnakes by other hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

Very enjoyable walk/hike.
Completed without complaint by kids 4-14.
Pros - Flowers were gorgeous, pictographs were really neat, rock formations made great climbing for the kids, views at the end of the hike were memorable.
Cons - Very hot, more a walk than a hike.

off road driving
2 months ago

I grew up camping out in Blair Valley and Little Blair Valley. The Morteros Trail, Marshal South and Pictographs hikes are all amazing. The road is always nicely groomed, I've even seen a Prius or 2 bombing the road.

I liked this hike because you can do some exploring I found three mines the biggest one was on a path that leads down a kind of steep hill when you get to where the trail forks off in a few directions some time I want to go back and explore the mines inside

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike. Not to hard and view at the top is great. Short hike but great gain at the end, as far as the final visual reward. I have done it 3 times now and will do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Relatively speaking, there is more shade here than in most trails in this area. Gentle grade most of the way up; the handrails at the top are very helpful. In contrast to posts a few weeks ago, we didn’t see any termites at the top - just great views in every direction. Would recommend this hike.

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