Sill Hill Waterfall Trail

Julian, CA
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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail is a 6.5 mile loop trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from November until June.

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Gary Levinson

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11 Completed 1 Reviews

Great views. Follow the rocks to guide you that previous hikers placed.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We completed this hike on January 1st, 2014 to kick off the new year and wow was it amazing. It was tough but well worth it. Once you start your trek down the hill off of the main trail, don't give up and pay attention to the rock piles along the way. Make sure to bring snacks and plenty of water. A camera wouldn't be bad either. Oh! And keep your eyes on the trail for all sorts of animal prints.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I am familiar with this hike and have been to the falls many times. I just wanted to comment on the previous reviews...You need to be aware that bush whacking in the national forest is illegal as well as starting fires. Fires are not allowed anywhere in the Cleveland National forest except in campgrounds where posted and only in designated fire rings. The Cedar Fire that devastated this area was started by an illegal fire.
In this area you are also bypassing private property. Make sure you know where you are and do not trespass! You will be prosecuted.

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

This hike was extremely tough due to weather conditions and I would definitely rate it more on the difficult/strenuous side. The "trail" is very overgrown. There are, however, many markers (ribbons and rock piles) along the way to tell you you're on the right path. I took a picture of the "Trail" where it starts off of the fire road. Along the way we saw a lot of deer and turkey which was pretty awesome. We even saw a few mountain lion tracks so be very aware of your surroundings! I definitely don't recommend this hike for first timers or novice hikers. We brought a friend of mine out and it was his first hiking experience. He was dying on the hike back and was moving at an extremely slow pace.

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8 Completed 4 Reviews

Kyle Rogers and I hiked this in the rain on Saturday, 1/26/13. We headed along the northern fire road all the way to the peak and back down Middle Peak fire road, rapping around the west side of the peak. Half way down the fire road we encountered a pink ribbon on a bush, the first marker for the trail head off the road. We stacked up some rocks for better identification. The trail is very overgrown. We hacked a few bad spots, due to the rain and muddy slippery conditions this was a slow process. The trail is marked here and there with ribbons tied to branches as well as a few rocks stacked up on top of boulders. Completely drenched we reached the Fall. Rain stopping our attempt to start a fire and dry off we headed back to the fire road taking it to the east approximately 3 miles to the start of the hike. Along the way there was plentiful wildlife include 25+ deer, countless turkeys and birds of many different kinds. Our route took us 7.6 miles in total with a 1829ft elv gain. I would recommend this for experienced hikers, would NOT recommend attempting in the rain.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Just finished this hike. The trialhead is definitely well hidden; and actually it's not much of a trail. Just a bunch of rock piles that show the way. Thanks to Jaina(below) for stacking the rocks on top of a stump to mark the trail head. If not for that mark, we would have never found it. Overall it was a fun hike and the waterfall at the end was actually better than I expected.

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12 Completed 1 Reviews

Follow the rock piles!! That's the best advice I can give for this trail. We completely missed the trailhead because it is completely covered with bushed and fallen trees. We, however, placed a huge rockpile at the trailhead so others wouldnt make the same mistake we did. The hike is difficult, but the views, peacefulness, and the waterfall at the end definitely made it worth it.

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

There are perks to this trail. Such as, No crowd. This being said the trail down to the falls is hard to find from the fire road. We bush whacked it and it was more like the brush, whacking us. Once we arrived at the falls, we found the trail.
The '03 fire has done a number on the place and they are doing controlled burning in the area. This being said it was a waste land, with beautiful views.

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0 Completed 3 Reviews

The trail down to the falls is somewhat hard to find still since the fire in 2003 wiped out the trail. Hikers have done a fairly good job of marking the path with rock piles and the occasional orange marker flags. It is not an easy hike from where you leave the fire road until you get back on it but it definitely is worth the trip. The total trip took us about 2000 ft. of elevation gain. It was nice to do a hike where we didnt see anyone else. Great hike!

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