Hiking Trails/Nature
List of Hikes & Trails

Julian Stables 
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.
(760) 765-1598
P.O. Box 881, Julian, CA 92036
Email: julianactive@sbcglobal.net

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.
Email: sandij@lmva.org

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.
(877) 581-9904
15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA  92036
Email: hugh@lakecuyamaca.org


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. 
(760) 765-2300
2015 Main Street, Ste C, P.O. Box 1625, Julian, CA  92036
Email: volcanmt@volcanmt.org

List of Hikes & Trails

Hikes within William Heise County Park
Tel: (858) 565-3600

Self-Guided Nature Trail - 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 overlook.
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 weekends.

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.

Indian Trail - 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 Campground.

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.

Juaquapin Trail - 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 Campground.

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
(760) 765-4098
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.

 Volcan 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.

Hikes within the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve
(760) 765-4098
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.

Trailheads: Farmer 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.

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