Kelly Ditch Trail

#1 of 2 trails in William Heise County Park
Kelly Ditch Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Julian, CA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 811 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash birding camping hiking mountain biking horseback riding forest views wild flowers wildlife rocky scramble
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Difficult trail for mountain biking. There are many fallen trees on the path forcing you to pick up your bike. This trail is either uphill or downhill (no flat areas). There are many trail logs across the trail that make the ride a bit more difficult for new bikers

Barbara Knight
28 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We started this hike at Cuyamaca Lake, hiking to William Heise Park. To do that, we took two cars, left one at William Heise and the other at Lake Cuyamaca. The signs say it's 5.5 miles, but that's to the park's boundary. It's about another 1.5 miles to the parking lot from the boundary. It's a beautiful hike, somewhat challenging with the elevation gains and losses. We went in April and there were lots of wild flowers. The view at the highest point is gorgeous, looking to the west and seeing El Capitan Mountain and Cuyamaca Peak. I think if it had been a clear day we could have seen the ocean. Definitely worthwhile!

James G.
1 month ago

Great late afternoon hike. Definitely want to repeat soon!

James Hartman
11 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Did this as an overnight backpack from Lake Cuyamaca and it was good, coming back the second day was a good climb out of William Heise park. Trail says 5.5 mi. but it felt longer!