Explore the most popular 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.




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Great trail! Super fun and beautiful. Must have take a wrong turn though because the trail just ended..no way to make it through so we just ended up going back the same way we came in. Got stuck too!! Put the wife to work. Bringing a shovel next time. Hah!

Very scenic and beautiful. I went clockwise but either way you have a nice climb at the end. Didn’t see a soul the entire hike. Just me and the dog.

Nice hike, pretty easy/wide trail much of the way. Suggest taking the side Five Oaks trail for the best views and less people (even though a bit harder and narrower).

Fun trail and hike with good views. It's a pretty easy hike if you do any real hiking.

3 days ago

Beautiful view! People of all ages can do this one. It's the perfect hike as part of a day trip. Swing by Julian after for apple pie and cider.

I enjoyed this hike very much! Easy, fun switchbacks, well maintained trail, however lots of hikers on the weekend. Astonishing views at the top of the summit! The space at the top is very small and can get crowded quickly. My guy and I did a quick walk thru than found a quiet spot on a rock away from the crowd to enjoy our view and snack. Please be mindful to share the space at the top of the summit for others to also enjoy the beautiful view. No need for you to hang out there 20min to talk about BS as others are coming thru. And please keep your dog on a leash. Parking $10 Paso Picacho Picnic abs Campground.

Stunning views on a beautiful fall day. Main trail is very family and dog friendly. A little blustery at the top but didn’t take away from it all.

Some soft sand here and there, but the road is nice and fairly flat. A few areas of washboard. I'd avoid it after a rain, lots of the road is in the floodplain. The mud caves are really fun to hike. Bring a headlamp or flashlight.

i love the trail, it is a little bit hard but the view is amazing

12 days ago

Easy climb up to a minor homestead ruin. What’s great about this trail is the total panorama of both sides of the hill. Spectacular views of the landscapes. This trail is part of a larger area that is fun and easy to explore. Combine it with the hike to the petroglyphs!

Trailhead is marked. Easy to follow signage on the way in.

Great hike! Then head into Julian for lunch

18 days ago

Really nice trail, especially the five oaks trail section. A lot people and unfortunately dog poop.

Great scenery, easy to navigate.

it was a pleasant view! totally recommend it!

24 days 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

A few things need clarification in the description. Firstly, although it is near Julian, it is not at all like Julian. If you want that mountainous forest feeling, you will not get that. In fact, it's in a desert. Secondly, the hike does not end at the spring, it starts at the spring, which makes it far easier to get there, and therefore more heavily trafficked at the spring itself. The hike itself is kind of dull and not super rewarding. Thirdly, there is a pay toll (3$ per person when I went). Fourthly, the hot spring is NOT a natural one. Rather, the "spring" is naturally heated and pumped from the ground into a man-made pool inside of a building. It was a kind of disappointing trip to me. Definitely cool enough to stop by on your way to something greater, but otherwise, I would never plan to go there again, which is what I sorely wanted.

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!

Beautiful trail to go on with moonlight. The canyons were perfect.

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!

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