Explore the most popular wildlife 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
13 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!

This is definitely one of my favorite hikes. The scenery was amazing and the views were beautiful. You are basically surrounded by wildlife (cows, wild turkeys, even saw some coyotes..) the hike itself was very relaxing although there was a section where the incline was quite challlenging..

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice afternoon hike. I took my son and 4 year old grandson. My grandson did fine walking down, but was too tired to walk back up so my son put him on his shoulders and carried him back. A good workout for all of us. We found two mines along the way which is what makes the hike worthwhile. Bring plenty of water and do it while everything is still green.

This hike was beautiful. Slightly better than Santa Ysabel West and with more variation in terrain. A good trail to hike if you don’t want to see many people. Great for enjoying the beauty of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, wildflowers etc. One of my favorite San Diego county hikes.

Quiet. Very nice hike. Enjoyed the flowers. Saw a deer and wild turkeys. Took 5 oaks trail up and stayed straight coming down.

The last part of the trail really difficult. I recommend it just for Strong Guys;)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy going hike ideal for families or beginners - but the incredible views make it worthwhile for everyone. I went up the 5 Oaks trail and came down the regular one - worth taking the 5 Oaks for the extra views along the way.

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.

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike with fantastic views at the top

very easy walking ...very scenic.

off road driving
2 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

good distance, beautiful hike

off road driving
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
3 months 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.

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

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months 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!

I’m actually not ready to rate trail yet (I haven’t hiked it til tomorrow), BUT, I have to say that it is not what most people would consider near Julian, CA (despite this listing saying it is).

Sure, it’s 25 miles straight line as the crow flies, but it’s about 43 miles and 1 hour drive through the mountains to get there from Julian.

on Canyon Sin Nombre

4 months ago

This trail is the museum of geology.

Amazing views! Love this trail!

Beautiful and peaceful views. I wish I brought a book to read at the bench at the top!

nice hike close to Julian. great views from up there.

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