Explore the most popular walking 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.

Easy enough hike for my 93 year old grandpa. We really enjoyed the scenery and abundant wildlife. There was many deer and wild turkeys towards the lake. Wild strawberry plants are also strewn across the shady, pined covered portions of the forest floor, but no strawberries yet. You can start and end your journey at the stonewall mine, where there are a few picnic tables set up for day use, flush toilets and a small cabin explaining the history of the gold mine.

Great place to take children, getting a good dose of nature and San Diego history without the elevation gain. Big Laguna trail is another similar hike.

Great hike. A favorite for sure. Did the regular trail with my 10 year old. Fantastic views throughout and phenomenal from the top.

Fantastic hike with fantastic views at the top

very easy walking ...very scenic.

One of the most amazing hike.

Great little hike with spectacular 360 views! Watch out for the rattlesnakes though.

good distance, beautiful hike

This is a great hike. Going up through the 5 oak trail on the way up is the best. Great views from there too plus it is covered most of the time. You get to see both sides of San Diego mountain peaks. Very comfortable hike. A must see hike for sure.

Gorgeous hike! One of the most scenic and pretty sight I’ve been in San Diego...awesome 360 view of mountains and Cuyamaca Lake at the top! Make sure to start early (we started around 7:15am on a Saturday) cause Peak doesn’t have room and can get crowded as soon as people start coming in! Park across campground and pay $10 for parking fee. I would come back again!!

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25 days ago

Pretty easy hike, consistently inclined. parking located across the road. Easy to follow paths. Great views in all directions at summit.

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good work out..beautiful views

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28 days ago

The only reason I am giving it a four stars is the traffic. Just so many people. And just rude. No trail manners at all. If you don’t wish to hike with loud rude people the best hike elsewhere.

On the other hand, this is a great little out and back trail. Don’t do it in the summer as I’m sure it will be much to hot. Towards the end you do have to make your way up the granite rocks so bring a buddy to help each other. I’m 6 ft 7 inches tall and recorded 92 flights doing this hike.

Beautiful 360 degree views at the top, so bring your camera.

Beautiful hike and well-maintained. Plenty of Cattle and Squirrels to photograph. Easy hike, great for pictures.

Had a great time hiking Volcan mountain today, the grade is pretty steep but some well placed tree canopy’s provide some shaded patches through out. Highly recommend, the view from the top is well worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Took 5 oak trail to summit. Good hike and good views. multiple outlook points at summit and during hike!

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Fun hike, not to hard. We were the only people. The mine opens up after you crawl in. Cool old crashed car nearby.

Stunning view! Fairly easy hike. Nice views on the way up too.

Amazing view! I’d recommend taking the Five Oak Trail which makes the hike a little longer but there are more beautiful views that way

Beautiful views

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.

hiking
1 month ago

wow a great hike but be prepared. very steep at the top. one hour from the saddle to summit. twenty minutes back. great view. just below the top find the big rocks that offer a shade cave. geology 101 w variety of rock all around. i was glad it was cloudy.

One of my favorite hikes in San Diego. Love the view and some fun rockclimbing

good little hike with great views from the peak.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this Trail especially for the views at the top. The switchbacks made for a pretty smooth hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Closer to 5.2 miles if you take the five oaks trail on the way back. Elevation gain is significant but there are shady spots to rest and the views at the top are worth it!

Fun little hike with the kids

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1 month ago

Great little drive-by type "get out and stretch your legs" type hike. We were on route to Joshua Tree and needed a break. Awesome views on the way up, superfantastic views at the summit, and another set of terrific views on the way down. This trek just keeps on giving! Just do it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. Bring plenty of water for this one!

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

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