Volcan Mountain Trail

Julian, California

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Boldly rising above the apple orchards of Julian, Volcan Mountain’s oakand pine-dotted slopes are swept by some of the freshest breezes found anywhere in San Diego County. Soughing through the trees like waves spending themselves against a sandy beach, the springtime gusts bear the astringent dryness of the desert and the volatile scents of pine needles and dewy grass.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Boldly rising above the apple orchards of Julian, Volcan Mountain’s oakand pine-dotted slopes are swept by some of the freshest breezes found anywhere in San Diego County. Soughing through the trees like waves spending themselves against a sandy beach, the springtime gusts bear the astringent dryness of the desert and the volatile scents of pine needles and dewy grass.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Julian
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Maps: USGS Julian
Driving Directions: Directions to Volcan Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

11/1/2008
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This is a great trip for a cool fall day. You'll see views down into the pastoral valleys around Julian and if you are lucky the oaks will be showing off their fall color (yellow). The top is exposed and can be cool and very windy, but you may catch a sight of a hang glider riding the warm updrafts from the desert. This is one of the easiest hikes where you can get a view of the mountains and the desert at the same time. Make a day of it by finishing with wine tasting or apple pie in Julian. There is also a wonderful barbecue restaurant there!



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May 2018