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Kelly Ditch Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Kelly Ditch Trail, completed in 1985, is perhaps the most beautiful pathway yet built in the Cuyamaca-Julian area. This hiking/horse trail is routed partly along a diversion ditch well over a century old. You’ll also tread over dim traces of “skid roads” where freshly-cut logs were slid down off the mountain ridges to serve as lumber and fuel for the mines and boom towns of Julian’s late 19th-century gold-rush era. The Kelly Ditch Trail is best hiked one-way, with the aid of a car shuttle or a drop-off-and-pick-up arrangement. The capsulized data above and the description below suggest a south-to-north direction, which results in a net loss of elevation."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
This would be a nice trail if it was maintained. It is severely overgrown in some areas and can be difficult to follow. I suggest that if you do go, that you wear pants and long sleeves. Were this trail cleared, it could be a four star trail. Also, let me not forget to mention that an a portion of the trail is closed near William Heise Park. I think this can be avoided though via another trail. The park ranger failed to mention this to me so you might want to ask if you are starting from the the parking lot at the park.
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