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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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Recent Reviews

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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
by Al Nelson

7 Completed 2 Reviews

Attempted it twice. Have yet to reach the falls itself, but was about 100-200 feet above it at its source from La Purta spring. Blazed our own trail due to overgrowth. Great hike with great views. Will reach the falls this weekend for sure!

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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24 Completed 23 Reviews

I hiked this trail in early May before the hot weather came, so there was a 70 degree east wind that made it a pleasant hike. The fields were still a little bit green too, and visibility was okay, but not extra clear. It may have been desert dust from the east that made it hazy, but the air was otherwise very clean and refreshing. The 5 Oaks trail is a must see, and I saw it on the way up. I also went to the summit and was rewarded with the views to the east, and had a little picnic lunch there. The trails were not crowded, with enough people to have some occasional company, but not so much as to be too many people around. There are no geocaches up there, don't know why, but there are a few wineries in the valley below for those who enjoy that activity.

I made a short video that shows a sample of what the hike is like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjAesWr1NQg&feature=share&list=UUjbWgN4cQuOORSEFsoleUKQ

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Old Banner Toll Road Trail
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9 Completed 3 Reviews

We did this hike today and absolutely loved it! The mines were so cool...you gotta go inside! To find them, keep an eye out for little side trails in the mountain side. They are amazing! We even saw a bat! Make sure you bring a flash light...those mines get pitch black really fast!

You have to walk down a private road and be prepared to get a little resistance from the locals. We had a hard time finding the trailhead until we read the following from another reviewer on YELP:

"To get there you'll want to follow these directions taken from Afoot and Afield: Drive 1 mile east from Julian on the 78, and turn right at Whispering Pines Road. Immediately after, make a sharp right on Banner Road, then a quick left on Woodland Road. Follow Woodland Road 0.3 mile to its end at the cul-de-sac, where you can park."

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Mountain Palm Springs Loop Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Wonderful Palm Oasis's to get in the shade on a hot day! Beautiful views of the desert floor too! Do it!

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Volcan Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

My mom and I enjoyed this hike on a 70 degree day in February. We are both very active, enjoy hiking regularly and would agree that it is Moderate. The beginning trail is rather steep but the views at the top are spectacular. The 3.2 mile loop does not include the summit hike which is an additional 2 mile loop for a total of 5, from the beginning of the trail, around the summit and back. The "5 Oaks Trail" is a switch back trail and another option for going up or down. Beautiful scenery and overhanging oaks. (Watch for poison ivy) BRING WATER!!!!

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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
by Gary Levinson

11 Completed 1 Reviews

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

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William Heise County Park: Combined Trails Loop
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

My wife and I hiked the Desert View Trail on a beautiful New Years Day. At 2.25 this is a very scenic loop. Good elevation gain to "Glen's View" for great views of surrounding peaks and the desert. Foliage has recovered in the years since the last fire, chaparral is about 2-3 feet tall.

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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
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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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Pictograph Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

good easy hike. enjoyed seeing the wall with the pictographs. I dont love walking through the sand in running shoes...I play indoor & sand vball. unfortunately didn't hike further & wish we did but we hiked there from the other side of the valley for 3+ hrs and need to get back before dark. from the looks of another review its very worth it.

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Lizard Canyon Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

easy hike we walked to from our campsite across the street in Yaqui Well. went around 8am. as we began the hike there were a couple bullet shells then we came across a coyote head sticking out of the dirt. I thought it was a German Shepard at first but my bf said it was a coyote. its a pretty canyon and leads to a rock canyon that I was semi difficult to climb into. I wanted to do more but it was time to turn around. my boyfriend saw a live coyote on the man with possibly pups. unfortunately we didn't see any cool lizards but we hiked pretty early. beautiful but basic hike. I like to be challenged a bit more. also I enjoy pretty rocks and found a few. have fun and enjoy.

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