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San Diego County, California

Sunset Hike & Star Party at the Volcan Summit--Saturday, September 23rd at 5pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 23rd join County Parks and Volcan Mountain Foundation staff and volunteers on an evening sunset hike to the summit of the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

From the Five Oaks Trail, you'll marvel at incredible views of the orchards and vineyards that blanket the base of Volcan Mountain, and peer down into Banner Canyon and the Elsinore Fault that runs through it. We'll arrive at the summit just before sunset to enjoy the sweeping 'sea to sea' views from the Salton Sea to the San Diego coastline as the sun dips below the horizon.

Our friends from Curiosity Peak Observatory in Julian, and the Julian Dark Sky Network will be waiting at the summit with a variety of telescopes for a star gazing party. There's a new moon (no moon) that night, so conditions will be perfect for viewing the stars and planets!

The hike back down to the trailhead will be in complete darkness, so make sure you bring a fully-charged flash light (and extra batteries…just in case). The hike includes an elevation gain of approximately 1,000 ft. in 2 miles. The overall hike is approximately 7 miles round trip. Inclement weather will cancel the event.

**We will likely have a big crowd so please carpool from your area, if possible. To see who might be coming from near you, find this event posting at the Meetup sites: Explore San Diego's Backcountry, San Diego Day Hikers and HikeMania

When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 5pm

Wear: sturdy hiking shoes and dress in layers as the temperature can change dramatically as we reach the summit

Bring: a fully-charged flash & extra batteries, water and a snack for the summit

Park: along Farmer Road and walk 300 ft. up the gravel driveway to meet at the Hubbell gateway at 5:00pm

Location: 1209 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036; just north of the Wynola Road intersection with Farmer Road

For updates or more information: Contact the local County Ranger Office at: 760-765-4098

Visit: the Volcan Mountain Foundation's website at www.VolcanMt.org for ongoing updates of events and activities on and around the Volcan Mountain Range