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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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Volcan Mountain Trail
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3 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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12 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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12 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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Pictograph Trail
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19 Completed 19 Reviews

Great hike. The best part is the last part near the canyon and dry falls. Perfect place to stop for lunch before heading back out. There are some larger rocks to climb over and it's easy to brush up against cacti so I'd suggest wearing long pants and really watching your footing. The soft sand in several spots makes this a little more challenging to hike through, but easily doable.

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Ghost Mountain Trail
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19 Completed 19 Reviews

My primary reason for being in the area of this trail was to drive the 4 wheel drive through Blair Valley but I did the hiking trails along the drive as well. This was the last of the three trails on that drive that I hiked. I'm out of shape and it being the third one I did that day, and it being seriously uphill, it was rough but I made it. It's steep and rocky but doable. It's easy to lose the trail in the switchbacks if you don't pay attention but it isn't like you'll get lost. I made it to the top and saw the cabin ruins which was pretty cool. The view at sunset was fantastic. I had difficulty finding the start of the trail back down because there are footprints everywhere. The trail is rocky so the path is not always clear. Be sure to make note of where you pop up on top so you can find where to start back down easily. I saw only one other family on the trail while I was there. They had two kids and seemed to have no trouble getting up or down.

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Pictograph Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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