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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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Oriflamme Canyon
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15 Completed 15 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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15 Completed 15 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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15 Completed 15 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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15 Completed 15 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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Sill Hill Waterfall Trail
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19 Completed 1 Reviews

can somebody tell me where to strat the hike please?. i went but could not find the starting point.

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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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27 Completed 27 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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