Hikes & Trails
Experience another side of Julian---guided horseback trail rides takes
you to views of Volcan Mountain and the peaks of Cuyamaca.
Located 1.5 miles from the town site of Julian. Reservations are required, weather permitting.
P.O. Box 881, Julian, CA 92036
Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association
LMVA enhances the outdoor experience of visitors to the Laguna Mountain
Recreation Area through volunteer activities including trail maintenance and
patrols, guided hikes and naturalist programs.
Lake Cuyamaca Recreation & Park District
Family fishing lake with camping. Picnicking, boating, hiking, nature
walks and cabins. Terrific wildlife watching. Free fishing class every
Saturday. Cabins with lake view.
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036
Volcan Mountain Foundation
Preserve is home to wildlife, spring wildflowers, several species of
oak and pine. Guided walks on weekends. Trailhead: off Farmer Road, north of Julian; take Farmer
Road to Wynola Road, turn right 100 yards, turn left on Farmer Road; enter
trail through stone gates.
2015 Main Street, Ste C, P.O. Box 1625, Julian, CA 92036
List of Hikes & Trails
within William Heise County Park
Tel: (858) 565-3600
- Easy, half mile loop.
Canyon Oak Trail
- is 1.25 miles that
connects to the Desert View Trail.
Desert View Trail
- 2.25 miles with a panoramic scenic
Kelly Ditch Trail
- 5.75 miles, is great for
walking or riding horses. Trail connects the park with Cuyamaca Rancho
State Park and Lake Cuyamaca.
Hikes within Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Tel: (760) 765-0755; (800) 444-7275,
Select hiking trails and day use are currently open at the Green
Valley Campground. Updated trail maps and information are
available at Paso Picacho and Green Valley Kiosks, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
daily. The popular Stonewall Peak Trail is only open on
Paseo Nature Trail
- Easy .5 mile loop, scenic, level, and suitable for children.
Self-guiding trail with 16 trail signs explaining various natural and
cultural resources of the area. Trailhead and parking at north end of
picnic area at Paso Picacho campground.
- Easy one mile level, scenic, and suitable for children. Self-guiding
trail leading to an old Indian village site, plaques describe Indian
uses for common plants. Trail head and parking by the flagpole at the
park headquarters/museum parking lot.
Green Valley Falls Trail
- Easy .75 mile one way, suitable for children. Well-marked trail to
pretty, seasonal waterfall. Best in spring and early summer. Trailhead
and parking located at picnic area parking lot at Green Valley
Azalea Glen Loop Trail
- Moderate 4-mil! e loop, gain in
elevation 550 ft. Mostly shaded in summer, sheltered in winter. Walk
along one of the few year-round streams in this park. Trail head and
parking at Paso Picacho campground parking lot.
- Moderate 3 mile scenic loop climbing via East Site Trail with
a steepish return by Dyar Spring Trail. Gain in elevation 400 ft.
Well-graded trail through oaks, manzanita, chaparral and open meadows
and stream with wildflowers and deer. Trail head and parking at
turnoff for Museum/Park headquarters or a Sweetwater Bridge.
Conejo Spring Trail - Moderately strenuous 3.5 sometimes steep
miles to summit. Gain in elevation 1650 ft. Rugged ascent over the
north shoulder of Cuyamaca Peak. Trail is a streambed after heavy rain
or snow melt. Connects to paved road leading to summit. Descent to
campground by paved fire road. Trail head and parking at Pasa Picacho
Stonewall Peak Trail
- Moderate 2 miles each way, steady gain in elevation of 900 ft.
Suitable for energetic youngsters. Well graded trail through
chaparral, oaks and incense cedar to the summit of Stonewall Peak,
last section on exposed ridge but with steps and handrail. Great views
from peak. Trail head and parking across from entrance to Pasa Picacho
campground at the picnic area. Day use fee.
Oakzanita Peak Trail - Moderately
strenuous 8 mile loop, gain in elevation 1300 ft. Long steady climb
leads to extensive vistas particularly from the peak. Trail has little
shade and is hot in the summer. Trail head and parking - first paved
parking area when entering Cuyamaca Park from the South on Highway 79.
Moderately strenuous 5 mile loop. Gain in elevation 1200 ft. Steady
climb leads to extensive vistas, first to the coastline and later over
East Mesa. The hike follows the fire road to Arroyo Seco primitive
camp, then by cut-off trail to West Mesa Trail and Monument Trail.
Hikes within Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
The preserve is open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. The
Summit is open on Saturdays & Sundays. Hiking only. Guided
hikes are given, please call for information.
Trail - 3 miles (to mid summit & back) or 5 miles (to
summit & back) moderate hike through oak woodlands and grass meadow
lands. Elevation gain of 800 ft.
Five Oaks Trail
- A 1.5 mile moderate trail with a scenic view of the Pacific Ocean
and the town of Julian.
the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
The preserve is open on Saturdays and Sundays from either trailhead,
Farmer Road or Highway 79, 8 a.m. to sunset. All trails are
multi-use. Guided hikes are given, please call for information.
Road staging - 1 mile north of the Volcan Mountain sign. Highway
79 staging - 1 mile north of the town of Santa Ysabel on Highway 79,
just south of the Santa Ysabel Mission.
Coast to Crest
Trail - This moderate 8.5 mile trail takes you through oak
woodlands, open meadows and across the Santa Ysabel Creek. Trail
starts at either trailhead.
Kanaka Loop Trail
- This 7 mile easy to moderate trail takes you through open
meadows with an amazing view of Volcan Mountain. Connects to the
Coast to Crest Trail. Trail starts at the Farmer Road staging.
West Vista Loop
- This 4.5 mile moderate trail takes you through oak woodlands,
coastal sage scrub and open meadows. Connects to the Coast to
Crest Trail. Trail starts off of Highway 79.