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Address: Julian, CA
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Scenic mountain range east of San Diego.

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Great place to hike

Stopped by on my way back from the Salton Sea. Just happened to bump into this place. Very nice hiking trails, good terrain changes, lots of wildlife and birds. Very peaceful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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106 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Stopped by on my way back from the Salton Sea. Just happened to bump into this place. Very nice hiking trails, good terrain changes, lots of wildlife and birds. Very peaceful.

Thank 2367andy
Lakewood, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Beautiful views, nice public areas, easy access, hiking, camping, fishing and restaurants. Great for family events or just couples. Clean.

Thank Lia A
Tel Aviv, Israel
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Within one hours relaxing drive from the city of San Diego, California, are the Cuyamaca Mountains and cradled in the mountains is the small resort town of Julian, a historic gold rush town, where gold was discovered in the late 19th century. Today the gold mines lie dormant but Julian is well worth a day visit if only to eat... More 

Thank Herbert293984
San Marcos, California
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

There are many great trails for all types of explorers here. Unfortunately not as many trees as there once were, due to forest fires. There are even old gold mines to explore!

1 Thank Frank L
Julian, California, United States
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

So much beauty out here. Wonderful hiking opportunities. Great little communities to visit. Be sure to take a hike around Lake Cuyamaca and check out Stonewall Peak for a magnificent view.

Thank Patti T
Orange County, California
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121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Such a beautiful area, and relaxing drive when trying to escape the stresses of work/life/cities etc. We loved the clear mountain air, and interesting features to explore. You can even camp near the lake in cabins, and the views on the hills are gorgeous! We will be back.

4 Thank TiffMateas
Freeland, Washington
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192 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Gorgeous rolling hills out near Lake Cuyumaca, with views toward the mountains, and wildlife like deer, woodpeckers, and a ranging bobcat were exciting to see.

Thank Gina V
Yorba Linda, California
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205 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a nice area for a roadside stop and hike up the hills along the creek and toward the spring. It is very scenic and we hike it during the drought. It was a fun place and not too busy, giving the serenity of nature. The trail starts along I-79, so there is some traffic noise until you climb... More 

2 Thank Tim_the_Enchanter417
Wuppertal, Germany
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100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I went there on a cloudy day in December 2013. It was still warm. I did a hike to the top of Cuyamaca Peak (I think it was this one, not really sure) for like 3 hours since I often stopped and took pictures of that beautiful landscape and the great nature. When you leave the trail and continue going... More 

2 Thank Julian P
San Diego
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118 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

There are a lot of different hiking trails to choose from for everyone from kids to hardcore trekkers. Check out the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park HQ for maps and info. Make sure you know what poison oak looks like so you can avoid contact with it.

4 Thank Albizia

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