Looking for a great trail near Julian, California? AllTrails has 50 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like William Heise County Park or Agua Caliente County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 28 moderate trails in Julian ranging from 0.6 to 53.3 miles and from 711 to 6,089 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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muddy
1 day ago

This trail was very fun and didn’t seem very hard at all, it was nice to just hike up and enjoy the crisp air outside. Some spots were a little bit muddy and it was inevitable that you had to walk through it, but 80% was just solid dirt, it took about two hours to hike up there, enjoy some snacks, and hike back down!

This is a fantastic hike the views at the top are beautiful! There is a $10 parking fee but well worth it. The elevation gain is pretty easy. A bit steep at the beginning but then pretty flat the rest of the trail. A bit windy at the top.

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muddy
2 days ago

such a fun beautiful hike to peak. fairly moderate/easy depending on fitness level.

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rocky
2 days ago

Great hike with great views! My 9 year old did a great job making it up to the top. Some muddy areas on the trails. I’m glad I had my hiking poles.

Do the loop clockwise. So you go up the mountain on the east side

hiking
3 days ago

Clean Trail, nothing technical.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail with TONS of breathtaking views. Took the Five Oaks Trail on the way down, just to see something different. Also a great trail with awesome views but it is a lot narrower than the main trail and it is designated a “hiking only” trail. If you’re part of a large group I’d recommend sticking to the main trail and not taking Five Oaks.

Tiny bit of mud. Unyielding incline

hiking
3 days ago

Very nice hike, relaxing and quiet, dogs loved the smells and being out and about.

Beautiful desert hike. Had difficulty finding the “loop” but in the end didn’t matter- staying on the main trail was delightful. Some easy scrambling that was fun. All in all a wonderful way to spend the day

fee
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

4.9 mile hike

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muddy
5 days ago

Great morning hike.

This was definitely my favorite trail so far! Such a beautiful area. Partly forest and a lot of open grassland. Very well maintained. I went on a Thursday late morning and there were about 7 cars in the parking area. They must have been on other trails because I had the entire trail to myself. Didn’t run into another soul, which I loved. The trail was muddy in areas but dry in others. I took my three dogs and they had a blast wandering around on the land. I wasn’t paying attention to the right turn I was supposed to make and I continued on the Big Laguna Trail, so I ended up walking much longer than the original trail. I took a detour to the lake and across the grasslands and hooked back to the sunset trail on the opposite side. Looking forward to hiking this trail again!

I personally enjoyed it. I didn’t think the climb was hard at all and was traveling at a moderate to fast pace. Didn’t dare to crawl into the first mine but did venture out into the second right below the car crash. Be aware that abandoned mines are not safe and it is sitting on a commonly active fault line. Trail is rocky at the beginning with glass like others have said, but smoothens out as you continue your descent. Overall a good adventure spot if you’re seeking a quick mid day adventure with a couple of friends.

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icy
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Always love this trail!

Continuous moderate client. Good trail. Very good training conditions. 1.5 hours up and back. 4 miles round-trip from the campground, which cost 10 bucks to park. 6 miles from cold Creek Trail head down the road, which is free.

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rocky
9 days ago

Great trail! Loved the beautiful, rewarding views at the top. I was quite surprised at the unique landscape changes for SD County and the trees/shade were a welcome bonus. Took Volcan Trail up, then Five Oaks back down. Volcan was clear (one muddy patch - easy to walk around); Five Oaks has a bit more mud that could be slippery if you’re not paying attention. As always, hike prepared... I had layers and poles, but found myself stripping off most items and only using the poles in some rocky areas.

hiking
9 days ago

A “go to” hike. Great views, moderate climb, great view at the peak. Watch hawks, ravens and turkey vultures “ride” the thermals. My father helped put in the rail at the top with the California Conservation Corps in 1946.

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fee
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muddy
rocky
snow
12 days ago

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