Volcan Mountain Trail

Julian, California 92036

Volcan Mountain Trail

Volcan Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
October through June
San Diego County Parks and Recreation Department
Local Contacts
USGS Julian
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018