Inaja Trail

Julian, California 92036

Inaja Trail

Inaja Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Inaja Picnic Area memorializes 11 firefighters who lost their lives in the San Diego River canyon while battling the 60,000-acre Inaja Fire in 1956. This was one of worst firefighting disasters in U.S. history. The Inaja Trail, one of four trails in San Diego County showcased as a “National Recreation Trail,” begins right on the edge of the picnic area. A trail leaflet, which may be available at the trailhead, gives information about the typical live oak-chaparral vegetation seen here and elsewhere in the upper foothills of San Diego County. An overlook at the midpoint in the trail gives a good view down the linear canyon of the San Diego River. Nearly everything you see in that direction was burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire, but the landscape is quickly recovering. At 3440 feet elevation, the overlook is often just above a temperature inversion that traps cooler, moist air below. On some mornings, you’ll find the canyon hidden by a cottony blanket of fog, while neighboring peaks and ridges stand like islands in clear air."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
.5 hour
All year
Palomar Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Santa Ysabel
Local Maps

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