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Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail

Descanso, CA

Three Sisters Waterfalls Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Descanso, CA that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

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Kelly Ditch Trail
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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!

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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Volcan Mountain Trail
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Went with true pup and had a blast. Breezy day, beautiful views, a fairly easy hike in my book. Awesome view of the sultan sea from the top. Ate delicious pie in Julian on the way down. Thumbs up.

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Ghost Mountain Trail
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We did this hike as an evening hike. The trail was pretty easy to follow even at night. You will need head lamps if you attempt this in the evening. The view is amazing, no wonder why Marshal South wanted to live there. Check out my blog about the hike.
https://lovz2hike.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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Marshal South Cabin Trail
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We did this hike as an evening hike. The trail was pretty easy to follow even at night. You will need head lamps if you attempt this in the evening. The view is amazing, no wonder why Marshal South wanted to live there. Check out my blog about the hike.
https://lovz2hike.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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I would rate it moderate-difficult, as the elevation change is challenging. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes also, as we saw 2 of them on this hike yesterday.

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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Gaining 1,200 feet in 2.5 miles is a challenge for most hikers; perhaps taxing for older (us) or inexperienced hikers. But oh, the view! There are several spots on top where you can see 50+ miles to the west, and even farther to the east including the Salton Sea and the Chocolate Mountains beyond. Closer in, you can pick out communities like Ranchita and Shelter Valley. Stop to smell the lupine...

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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This trail is marked as easy but I would consider it to be moderate to hard. It is uphill for at least 2 miles and then tapers off for the last mile up. I took the trail to the summit (not the Five Oaks trail). We hiked in the late afternoon and others were hiking down as we hiked up. Saw multiple groups of people. The views at the top are incredible on a clear day! Nice wide trail so we brought our dog on leash.

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Kelly Ditch Trail
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9 Completed 0 Reviews

Great late afternoon hike. Definitely want to repeat soon!

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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
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EASY HIKE as long as you stay on the service road! Beautiful scenery. Based on the reviews, my bf and I prepared ourselves for a strenuous hike but it was the opposite.

We found the trail to the waterfall but unfortunately we had to turn around! We were getting eaten alive by the ants & we had our dog w us which was getting irritated by the amount of brush. There's piles of rocks to the waterfall which makes it impossible to get lost. As I said it's not a strenuous hike but the way to the waterfall is more of a workout that the whole 7.8miles on the service road.

As for mountain lions - we did not encounter any. However, we did see a deer and a few turkeys.

**on the way back to the car we saw a few "no dogs" signs, not sure why but we're SORRY Sill Hills Faculty!!?!?**