Summary: Volcan Mountain was nearly turned into a housing project. When one of my companions on this hike heard this, he said "That's just wrong."
The Five Oaks Trail is new and takes you through an enchanting woodland dominated by oaks and manzanita. From points on the trail you can see Mount Palomar and the fringes of Anza Borrego State Park.
From the apple groves at the beginning of your walk to the broad meadow at the summit, you will be enraptured by nature. Look for the stone steps on the right as you ascend the fire road.
Go in the spring to catch the fantastic colors shown in the pictures.
Trailhead: From Julian, take Farmer Road 2.2 miles, turn right on Wynola Road for 100 yards, then left, back onto the continuation of Farmer Road. Precede a short distance and park on the shoulder of the paved road by the Preserve’s sign on the right side of the road. (Lat:33.10506 Lon:-116.60174)
Trail Guides for Five Oaks Loop, Volcan Mtn Preserve:
Best Seasons: Spring,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation (760) 765-4098
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joel Sax, who has posted 51 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Mike on 6/29/2009
I hike this yesterday 29 June, with 3 others (two of which were kids 18/13). The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star is because we didn't make it to the top. To tell the truth I ignored the difficulty rating of 'moderate'. I don't usually do that but it was only 3.1 or so miles. In a nutshell, it was very hot and we didn't didn't bring enough water. The trail was nice and the views were spectacular. Everyone we met along the way (3 groups of two at various points) were very nice. We took the maintenance road back down (I prefer loops to out and backs) which was nice and shady but it was very steep in places, so watch out quadraceps. The gnats were a little pesky on the bottom half but as you climb the breeze gets stonger.
Reviewed by Mark on 12/7/2008
Hiked this today 12/7 along with Stonewall Peak in CSP. When I started it was cloudy, by the time I got to as far as you can hike(summit closed from Nov-Apr) the enitre mountain was in the clouds & temp had dropped about 10-15 degrees & began misting. But it was still a killer hike. Well maintained trail & easy to get to from Julian. Will be back to do in the sun! Lots of deer & birds too.
Reviewed by AM on 7/7/2008
Hiked this on the 4th of July, 2008. One of my favorites now. Great views, lots of shade, very few people, well maintained.
Reviewed by Robin on 4/29/2008
My husband and I went on this hike last weekend. Perfect weather, still some nice wildflowers. We did find it to be a loop as described. At the top where there is a stone bench, continue on the trail and you will soon see a sign showing Gateway trail 1.9 miles. This is more like a service road (wider)but it will take you back to the entrance where you started.
Reviewed by Danielle on 11/18/2007
Easy to find trail head. We had the entire trail to ourselves. No place to refill water, so take plenty. The trail is not a loop as described. The views from the top are simply incredible. Saw a number of mountain lion tracks on the trail. Will definately hike again.
Reviewed by Jessica on 4/8/2005
This area is full of great local hiking spots. Don't forget to stop in downtown Julian for some country style pie and old fashioned ice cream shakes!
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