Trails & Maps
San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation manages both the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve and the Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve, offering outdoor enthusiasts rewards on many levels. During your hiking, biking, and riding adventures within the preserves, you’ll experience native grasslands, cedar groves, oak woodlands, flowing streams, and fields of wildflowers.
The Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, encompassing nearly 3,000 acres, is located on Farmer Road 2 miles north of Julian. The 5-mile round-trip Volcan Summit Trail climbs to an elevation of 5,300 feet, offering spectacular 360 degree views from the desert to the coast. To begin the journey, visitors pass through an inspiring gateway designed by renowned artist, James Hubbell. The Five Oaks Trail offers a scenic alternate route branching off the main trail 1/2 mile from the Gateway.
More than 21 miles of multi-use trails are offered within the combined 5,400 acres of the Santa Ysabel Preserve East and West. Santa Ysabel Preserve East is accessible from Farmer Road, 3 miles north of Julian, and from Highway 79 about 2 miles north of Santa Ysabel. Santa Ysabel Preserve West is located approximately 2 miles west of Santa Ysabel.
The Volcan Mountain and Santa Ysabel trails include sections of the developing Coast-to-Crest Trail. As part of the San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) these trails will eventually connect with others to form SDRP’s 55-mile long Coast-to-Crest Trail, connecting the headwaters of the San Dieguito River at Ironside Spring on Volcan Mountain to the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar.
Please check for current preserve hours, detailed directions, trail maps and information on the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation website: www.sdparks.org.