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Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

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Tough but short hike with breathtaking views

I highly recommend going up the Volcan Mountain Trail and down the 5 Oaks Trail for two very... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Surprisingly more beautiful than other nearby hikes, such as at Mt. Woodson or Mission Trails Regional Park

ALTERNATIVE TO MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK. I wanted an alternative to Mission Trails due to the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Berkeley, California
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Farmer Road outside of Julian, Julian, CA 92036
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

I highly recommend going up the Volcan Mountain Trail and down the 5 Oaks Trail for two very different hiking experiences. Up is really up - like straight up for most of the hike, so plan accordingly. The views are incredible and the hiking scenery...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank thewoodardfamilu
Reviewed 28 August 2018

ALTERNATIVE TO MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK. I wanted an alternative to Mission Trails due to the hot weather predicted for Aug. 11, 2018. I'd hiked at Mission Trails for 3 consecutive weekends, climbing a different peak on each weekend. And so, I did my homework...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank TomBrody
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Pretty good incline. Beautiful views. Great wood fence as you are going into the park. Thoroughly enjoy it.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jimm B
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Hiking itself - moderate - the amazing view of both sides of SD County at the end of trail! REWARDED! Couldn't find the survey marker - oh dang!

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Paulette S
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Janice took great care of us. I brought family and friends. The objective is to hike a bit and gather great smelling plants to add to scrubs, salts and soaps. We succeeded! The headwaters for the San Dieguito River start here. The water contributes to...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Ted T
Reviewed 23 September 2017

This is a very nice hike, with great views along the way. It is easy to get there and the trail is easy to follow, with interesting information displays along the way.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

The hike was a bit moderate as it's uphill, but the views were spectacular! Well worth the hike! Bring lots of water and be prepared for a bit of climate change.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank jeans151617
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Started about 10:30 and did the 5 oaks trail up, then hiked to the summit. We took our time and reached it in just over 2 hours. Had a nice picnic lunch there and relaxed before heading back down the mountain. We took the main...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank TWonderlust
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Our seven-year old enjoyed his first hike here, and the broad trail and informative signs made it a wonderful introductory hike.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank John J
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The town in Julian is small...I've been up there beginning of the week and end of the week on Veterans day. The views are gorgeous either way.... But Julian was quiet and almost a ghost town beginning of the week as opposed to end of...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Maxi M
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24 March 2016|
Response from JetSettingJackie | Reviewed this property |
It depends if your dog is use to long hikes and steep hills. The trail starts off in a long and windy incline but once towards the top it's so beautiful! Tthere's plenty of shade and spots to relax, be sure to bring plenty... More