Cool Canyon Trail

Julian, California

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Cool Canyon, a deep crease in the east flank of Granite Mountain, stays truly cool only for a month or two before winter solstice, and for a couple of months afterward. Botany buffs consider it a hot spot for viewing transitional low-desert/ high-desert vegetation, though. The canyon’s off-the-beaten-track locale and intimate setting nearly always pleases those seeking quietude.

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"Cool Canyon, a deep crease in the east flank of Granite Mountain, stays truly cool only for a month or two before winter solstice, and for a couple of months afterward. Botany buffs consider it a hot spot for viewing transitional low-desert/ high-desert vegetation, though. The canyon’s off-the-beaten-track locale and intimate setting nearly always pleases those seeking quietude."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: October through April
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Earthquake Valley
Driving Directions: Directions to Cool Canyon Trail

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May 2018