Jubilant in Julian

While there’s a lot more to the mountain town of Julian, it is popularly known as a premier hiking haven, with very delicious pies. Try any of these hikes around the town, and pair them with some pies, craft brews, cider, and down-to-earth dining with heavenly views.

Week: 06.14.2023
Regions: Southern CA

Garnet's Grand Vista

Hike to Garnet Peak Outside of Julian in San Diego County

On your next trip to beautiful Julian, get out of town! But only for a day trip to the Laguna Mountains. Located just a few miles east, this area has some of San Diego’s best hiking trails, including two short hikes with perhaps the best vistas in the entire county: the 2.4-mile trek to Garnet Peak and the 1.6-mile out-and-back on the PCT from Kwaaymii Point.
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Tram Ticket to Hiker's Paradise

Hike from the top of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Ready to elevate your next outdoor adventure? The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is your ticket to Mount Jacinto State Park and over 50 miles of scenic hiking trails.
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Santa Ysabel

Hike at Santa Ysabel among two preserves and enjoy Julian pies

Just 7 miles west of Julian, Santa Ysabel has two beautiful preserves to explore, with oak woodlands and grasslands dominating its 4,600-acre landscape. Choose your adventure (or do both) via a 5.5-mile loop through the west preserve or a 4-mile loop starting at the east preserve’s visitor center. Then go eat a pie!
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Volcan High Five!

Hike the Volcan Mountain Five Oaks Loop near Julian in San Diego County

Person peering through telescope at peak of Volcan Mountain in San Diego County near Julian
Hikers on a trail at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve near Julian in San Diego County
Hiker looking at the ruins of the Old Volcan Mountain Observatory Outpost near Julian San Diego County
Hikers on the trail at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve in San Diego County
The moderate 5.5-mile round-trip Volcan Mountain/Five Oaks loop hike in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve near Julian transports you from lush farmland to a summit with panoramic views. And the hard cider post-hike bonus...
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