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North County and Around Sights

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 05/16/2014

Fodor's Review

The Volcan Mountain Foundation and San Diego Parks and Recreation manage the 3,000-acre preserve, where hikes challenge your stamina and views are stunning. A 1¼-mile trail through the preserve passes through Engelmann oak forest, native manzanita, and rolling mountain meadows to a viewpoint where the panorama extends north all the way to Palomar Mountain. On a clear day you can see Point Loma in San Diego. At the entrance you pass through gates designed by James Hubbell,

a local artist known for his ironwork, wood carving, and stained glass. You can see splendid views from the 5-mile Volcan Summit Trail. Guided hikes on the Sky Island Trail and the Oak Walk Trail are offered regularly.

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Sight Information


From Julian take Farmer Rd. to Wynola Rd., go east a few yards, and then north on continuation of Farmer Rd., Julian, California, 92036, United States




Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Updated 05/16/2014


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