The Volcan Mountain Foundation and San Diego Parks and Recreation manage this 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.