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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.

19 hours ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

19 hours ago

Keller Peak, The Children's Forest, and The Exploration Trail, all seem to be the same trail. It's always lovely, peaceful, and scenic. Like everywhere in SoCal, it gets crowded at about 11am or noon. Mountain Bikers show up about that time, and that's when I usually leave. get there early.

19 hours ago

Pretty, but kind of stressful. There is a prison nearby with a noisy loudspeaker, and lots of people ride dirt bikes and jeeps on the trail.

19 hours ago

Really pretty, crowded, good for families with young kids. Very short.

Proper preperation prevents poor performance.

March 20th was my third time on the mountain this winter and I had the pleasure of bringing the girlfriend recently.
Started at 3 am so we could be high enough for some good morning shots. Together we reached a point about 2.5 miles from the peak but the girlfriend was dead! She just got back the morning before from a week long trip to Bali so I don't blame her. Ran/Jogged the last 2 miles up. There's two little peaks at the top but I went to the one 20 feet lower in elevation so I could save the real peak for the girlfriend and I. All in all a good experience with the right gear..and weather lol

Today was my first time hiking this trail. It was after a good rainfall, so it was a bit cold and windy. I wasn’t able to finish the full loop, but I was able to see some breathtaking views! I’m looking forward to doing the full loop and bringing my dog with me next time!

One of my favorite hikes in Redding! Trail is well maintained and a good workout but not too hard.

Great trail for jogging, we’ve also biked and roller bladed here!

Amazing hike! Definitely a great workout with a solid 33 pounds of baby on your back. Great views! Go early to get some shade and not have to wait long to get your picture on the chip ;). Bring plenty of water and snacks!

Should be rated ‘Moderate’

One of my favorite trails with the kids. It's not really a hike, more of a walk. It can get very muddy after a rain, but we like to play in the puddles, and just bring extra clothes. The paths do have deep ruts, but they don't bother us, although we occasionally ride bikes and they could be a problem if someone has training wheels. Overall, it's a fabulous little-known trail.

Really fun little loop, my daughters loved the lizards and rocks to climb!

This trail is pretty short, but don’t let that fool you! You can spend a lot of time exploring this area. I thought it was very peaceful, I did this hike around 7am in February. So not a lot of people were out, but by the time I finished the parking lot was full. I took my time exploring the rock features along the way. Plus, it’s probably the only place you’re going to see a body of water in the park. Lol.

Safe to do with shoes off. Easy "hike", but can be tough if you choose to climb the taller dunes. You can pick how far you and which dunes you choose to climb. We went to the tallest peak and sat for a very sandy lunch (the wind can pick up and get sand in your food)! Go in the morning - especially if you want to do it with you shoes off - the sand facing the sun gets really hot on the way back.

Lush vegetation in the desert, two water falls and
Well maintained trails as well. Take your time and enjoy the surrounding area.

1 day ago

Mill Creek Trail
Beautiful trail in the spring! We only went in two miles then back but it was gorgeous and we crossed four creeks. If just heading in a short distance I would call it Easy not Moderate, but I'm guessing it gets steeper. We took a small group and everyone loved it. Trailhead starts out a little steep but thats only like an 1/8 of a mile, then it moves on to rolling hills. Enjoyed the open spaces but my favorite was the wooded areas near the creeks. Looking forward to coming back to do the whole thing!

on Lost Palms Oasis

1 day ago

Such a beautiful hike. Not to difficult! Finished in 3 hours and 25 minutes!

A very nice hike through many zones of the park. Great to park a car at Indian Cove then drive back and start from the top so most of the hike is downhill.

trail running
1 day ago

Great running trail. Beautiful views.

Great workout as the three miles there is all uphill via switch backs. The trail is very well maintained and nice views in a few places. Expected the end of the trail to be at a lookout, not a Mt. road but still a nice hike. My 8 year old hiked this with me and we ran some of the trail on the way down. Will do it again for sure. This is a six mile hike there and back. Not sure why it says 4.8 miles.

The first part was definitely the tighest canyon, but just going the first .5 to .75 Mike's definitely cuts out a lot of cool views. after the tight canyons from start it grows into a huge walled canyon with so much more to see. I was planning on just going the first .5 miles based off recommendations but had to keep going.

Nice hike, great views and the snow on the ground made for great pics! animal tracks in the snow indicate a bear or mountain lion were present beyond the water tanks. I would never do this hike during tourist season but February 2018 was a perfect time!

Great hike/climb...we past the first cave over-run with people and followed the trail to a second cave. it was difficult in spots having to climb a bit, but well worth it! there are picnic tables to enjoy your lunch and we encountered the biggest hawk I've ever seen. take care if dipping into this water as there are many crawdads and quiet a bit of trash built up in the cave. Also at the second cave, a huge wasp nest. Overall, great hike!

Great end to a good hike. A little snowy still in March!

mountain biking
1 day ago

Visiting from Northern CA...went by the mountain biking description above. Trail is not bike friendly.

1 day ago

An super awesome trail, I can remember seeing a reflection of the Milky Way in Littel Rae lake Along side of Fin Dome!!!! In2000 Can’t wait to get back there this summer!!!

Amazing trail. Great views. Definitely would do it again. Take plenty of water!! On the harder side.

It's a good beginner hike or just a quick fun cardio session for those with hiking experience! If you want it to be more on the moderate side like it mentions, start by going to the left, it is more uphill with some good hills to get your blood flowing.

Since I went on a day that was rainy and foggy, I missed out on a lot of views but what I did see was fantastic! Hang in there through the early switchbacks—the view is worth it. I turned around about 0.5 miles below the top as the snow and ice was getting a bit tough. Most people quit at Columbia Rock, so keep going to skip the crowds.

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