Volcan Mountain Trail, CA

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,126 feet
Elevation Gain 1,210 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,210 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.95
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Peak, Wine and a bit of pie!
by PhxRiles

The first 1.4 miles is uphill through oaks, manzanita, and grassland. It's a steady climb. You'll get good views of the surrounding area as you climb. At 0.55 miles, you'll see the Five Oaks Trail, a 1.2-mile offshoot trail that's more shaded and a more gradual climb. The path continues until the Five Oaks Trail intersects at the 1.3-mile mark. From here, it's a more open, gradual climb through grassy hills. At 1.85 miles, there's an overlook to the west with a telescope. Another ~0.5 miles leads you to the summit at ~2.4 miles. There's also a lookout with views to the east of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the Pacific Crest Trail, and Granite Mountain.

I arrived around 7:30 am, cool and clear, but comfortable conditions. About 60 degrees to start. I left my fleece and long pants in the car, knowing it would get warmer as I hiked. Reasonably clear for a SoCal day, so I had decent views of the area. I took the Summit trail going up, a steady, uphill climb. The trail is a good path, used both by hikers and bikers; reasonably wide. It took me about an hour to reach the summit. There's a small tower at the summit surrounded by a fence. On the way down, I took the Five Oaks Trail to see what it was like in comparison. More shaded, a more gradual descent. It's a hiking-only trail. Lots of birds and lizards. I returned to the trailhead a few minutes after 10 am.

An Added Bonus
Menghini and Volcan Mountain Wineries are located very close to the trailhead. Tasting rooms open at 11 am. They make for a relaxing post-hike stop. The staff at both wineries were amicable. Another worthwhile break is Mom's Pie House in both Julian and Wynola. Their bumbleberry (blueberry, blackberry, and boysenberry) crumb pie is wonderful.

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2021-06-17 PhxRiles
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    The trailhead is approximately 2+ miles north of Julian, CA. To get there, enter Julian from the east on CA Hwy. 78. Go through town until you hit the 4-way stop. Go straight on Farmer Rd. for 2+ miles until you hit Wynola Rd. You'll see signs for Menghini Winery and Volcan Mountain Winery. Turn right and then make a quick left on the continuation of Farmer Rd. Park along Farmer Rd. The trailhead is a gravel road that leads off Farmer Rd. to the gate that starts the trail.
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