You are invited to join us for one of the nicest hikes in San Diego county and if interested a visit to the historic gold mining town of Julian, where we could enjoy some authentic Julian apple cider and apple pie.
Last time, due to weather and trail conditions, we had to cancel our hike. Hopefully this time the stars will be favorable to us.
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve (VMWP) is one of San Diego’s gems, ranking high in its beauty and places to visit and explore. It is only an hour and a half’s drive from San Diego, about 4 miles from Julian. The hike offers spectacular views from the coast to the desert. Every step of the 5 mile trail is well worth it. Some of the trail is partially shaded. It is a semi strenuous hike with an elevation change from about 4400 to 5300 feet. So tie your shoelaces, pack your backpack, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and shade and prepare for a fantastic day.
Day and Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Meeting Time: 10:30 a.m. Please allow yourself enough time and don’t be late. It is not fair to others to wait for late comers.
Hike starts: 10:45 a.m. Sharp!
Meeting Place GPS coordinates: 33.10505-116.602537
Meeting place directions: Please follow the instructions below, otherwise you may end up at the wrong location.
“Via Ramona & Santa Ysabel (from all coastal and north inland communities)
From the intersection of Highways 78 &79 in Santa Ysabel, head east (SE) on Highway 78 approximately 3 miles to the junction with Wynola Road. Turn left onto Wynola Road and continue another 3 miles just past Julian Orchards Drive to the ‘scissor-intersection’ of Wynola and Farmer Roads. IMPORTANT: This ‘scissor-intersection’ can be tricky if you’re not following the directions. Do NOT turn right onto Farmer Road across from Julian Orchards Drive. Just after you pass Julian Orchards Drive, turn left onto Farmer Road” Drive about 200 yards and on the right hand side you will notice a sign for Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve. Park your vehicle on Farmers Road and walk up to the trail head.
Type of Hike: “Backpackers hike” – meaning bring your snack and drink with you.
Lunch: We’ll have lunch at the summit.
Trail: Semi strenuous (I would say it is in between the difficulty level of Iron Mountain and Mount Woodson, which most of you know.)
Trail type: Loop
Kids: Use your judgement.