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Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

Descanso, CA

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Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Julian, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing & walking and is accessible from November until June.

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William Heise County Park: Combined Trails Loop
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14 Completed 6 Reviews

Nice moderate trail. Remnants of Cedar Fire everywhere. Cool old growth forest near the end.

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Blair Valley
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35 Completed 32 Reviews

Great off roading location. We ended up on it by accident on a weekend exploration of various trails. As always with desert trails, make sure you have extra fuel and water. Add a nice hike by locating the Marshall South Trail head that winds up the mountain to Marshall Souths house.

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Granite Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

This hike is harder than it seems by looking at the map ----- lots of pretty steep pitches while simultaneously boulder hopping, so its difficult to get into a good climbing stride. The view from the top is well worth it, and you'll likely have the place all to yourself!

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Very pretty views and not too strenuous. Really fun hike, will be back. Went on a weekday and we were the only ones on the trail.

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Old Banner Toll Road Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

I followed the tracker from the review below and could not for the life of me find the trail head. It's super sketchy and you will definitely get approached by the people who live near by because you are basically on their land. Next time I may try to use the directions a few posts down and see if it feels less invasive.

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

This is a great trail! It's an uphill trek the hole way but not too difficult. Totally worth it when you get to the top. Would definitely do this again.

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Indian Hill & Carrizo Palms Trail
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

1. Whoever said this hike is near Julian is dead wrong. It's actually 58 miles away. This trail is in the middle of nowhere - Ocotillo, CA.

2. We couldn't even reach the trail head because the 6.5 mile unpaved road was impassable by car. We tried for about a mile and almost got stuck in the 2.5 feet of sand. Hell no!

3. I wish we would have known what the conditions were like prior to driving the two hours out there. Hopefully this helps someone else.

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Old Banner Toll Road Trail
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

Loved this hike! If you GPS my tracker start point, you will find out where you need to park - the "directions" link is wrong.

The trail is actually really easy, just rocky. Make sure you have hiking boots or shoes and watch your footing.

We followed "Waynes Trail" down towards Banner to check out the mines. There is an arrow at the bottom to point you in the correct direction.

We only saw a few people the whole time. The locals seemed a little drunk & kooky. But nothing to be too scared of.

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Oriflamme Canyon
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19 Completed 19 Reviews

Moderate 4wd trail. Gorgeous views at top. Steep and narrow switchbacks which can be intimidating to new drivers. Lots of cactus blooms in season. Pass a few mines, some still in operation (Chariot Mine.)

Please note: We started the trail from Hwy S2, ten miles south of Hwy 78 and ended in Banner. As you descend toward Banner at the end of the trail, you'll encounter a gate that appears to be chained and locked. We've been on this trail several times and each time the gate is "fake locked." I have no idea why except that locals have said people do it to keep the 4wd riffraff like us out!

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The Morteros in Anza Borrego Desert State Park
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19 Completed 19 Reviews

Very short walk. Not much of a hike but interesting historical value. The morteros are well-marked. Great for kids or people who can't really hike. Easy access and parking.

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