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Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

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Address: Farmer Road outside of Julian, Julian, CA 92036
Phone Number: +1 760-765-1065
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Gorgeous autumn views

The town in Julian is small...I've been up there beginning of the week and end of the week on Veterans day. The views are gorgeous either way.... But Julian was quiet and almost... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Maxi M
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Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The town in Julian is small...I've been up there beginning of the week and end of the week on Veterans day. The views are gorgeous either way.... But Julian was quiet and almost a ghost town beginning of the week as opposed to end of the week.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sweet little town, we'll worth the trip out of the city. Two things you do not want to miss Warm Hearth and Julian Pies.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I would recommend this hike on milder days as you will be in the sun some. Take water and watch for poison oak. I went in early May - lots of wildflowers and the views were breathtaking!

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Austin,TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We ended up here after looking for a fairly easy hike. Five Oaks Trail is here and it wasn't too bad. Great Views all the way to the top. Enjoyed it greatly. a nice plus was that Volcan Mountain Winery is right up the road. ;-)

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Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The directions on the official website are not right near the end - they send you up a dead end. Follow Farmer road out of Julian, turn right then left as per their website, but then you need to park almost immediately on the roadside next to an orchard and walk into the preserve up a short road. We took... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Watch out for the altitude, lots of moderate to difficult climbing, some easy; one split-off trail, great views, pack lots of water/food; Beautiful scenery, peaceful. Saw hawks, lots of birds, oaks. Ends at top, historic area of previous potential observatory telescope site.

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Fantastic panoramic views from the top of both the desert and Julian below. The easy hike weaves through Manzanita, sage and wildflowers. Love the custom carved entrance with metal sculptures.

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san diego
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Nice hike to do. Views were pretty from the top. Weather was perfect and we were lucky that everything was still green.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

The views from the top are from the Pacific Ocean to Arizona and from Long Beach to Mexico. The beautifully designed entry gives you an idea about what a marvelous trail this is. The trail begins as a road to the top but the California Conservation Corps built a very nice trail to bypass part of this road. There's an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

It's an excellent 2-3 hour hike to the top. Take the trail to the right after about a quarter mile up the road. It's serene, has benches to enjoy the panoramic views. Many native plants are identified with placards. We took the trails up but the road down to make a loop. The road down was steep, muddy and slippery... More 

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