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Volcan Mountain Trail

San Diego County, California
Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain1,114ft
Trailhead Elevation4,382ft
Top5,335ft
Elevation Min/Max4382/5335ft
Elevation Start/End4382/4382ft

Volcan Mountain Trail

Volcan Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is two miles long and begins at 4,382 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,114 feet. Volcan Mountain Air Beacon and another attraction and the Charles Powell Memorial Bench viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Five Oaks Trail.
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La Mesa, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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1/22/2019
I took my kids (my 10 year old's first real hike) this past weekend. This is an easy hike and great for beginners. The entrance has a great "gate" entry with a historical ruin toward the top. Views at the top are gorgeous! The kids had fun looking at pretty rocks, moss, wildlife footprints, etc. on the way up.
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La Mesa, CA
Pathfinder | 190 pts
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5/28/2011
Enjoyed this trail a lot. Lots of loose rock scattered in some areas over a well worn trail. I definitely reccomend boots with a shank to help save your arches. Too many bicyclists, watch your back, as they come down this trail fairly quickly and there are a lot of blind turns.
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Kissimmee, FL
Explorer | 30 pts
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3/8/2009
Hiking this trail on a sunday afternoon with mild temps in the 60s, I found this trail to be a very convenient spot to exercise with very little incline over most the length of the trail. Beyond that the trail in many areas is poorly marked and unclear of the route. The park services are actively maintaining the trail, and in the back of the park their is some hill areas with a good steep hill if you so choose to walk that section if not the trail splits before that allowing you to return to the main park area. Overall I would say that it does make a good break from the city.
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Ocean Beach, CA
Adventurer | 292 pts
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11/1/2008
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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Irvine, CA
Explorer | 30 pts
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10/22/2005
Sweet fall ride! Trail is in great shape and way fun. It had rained a few days prior so the dirt was TACKY! Ride up on the fire road was a bit of a grind, but totally worth it...shuttling is for suckers.
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Sheri McGregor
"Leave your worries and city mentality in the car and enjoy the utter silence and beauty of Volcan Mountain." Read more
Jerry Schad
"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." Read more
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
"Rising boldly above the apple orchards outside Julian, Volcan Mountain’s oakand pine-dotted slopes are swept by some of the freshest breezes found anywhere. Soughing through the trees like waves spending themselves against a sandy beach, these gusts bear the astringent dryness of the nearby desert, as well as the volatile scents of pine needles and sunbaked grass." Read more

Trail Information

San Diego County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Near Julian
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Julian
Local Maps

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