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1 Down 5 to Go!

It was a good first hike!  Started at 9:30am but it still got hot!  Passed maybe 15 people on the trail. Enough people to feel…

Hike one of six!

We arrived at 8am and it was beautiful it was about 75 out with a nice breeze. We brought our dog Thor with us. He’s…

1 down 5 to go in prep.

The trail was great, a few spots where water run off is creating some mild terrain as well as some slanted areas. The weather was…

Volcan mountain hike

Started up the trail at 7:30 AMA M the trail normally opens at 8 AM. We were a bit confused as to where we’re supposed…

Pie in the sky

We started early around 7:30 and it was already 80 degrees! Start early for sure. A lot of shade which was nice, however shaded areas…

Second time around

Another beautiful day in Julian. Much warmer than last weekend but the views were amazing. Reminded me of the sound of music!

Hiking Day

Made it to the top! Hot day! Beautiful views!

The Peppers

Dylan we did this hike early.  While we inclined for almost 2 miles we had shade.  Once we reached the summit, we ate on our…

Volcan Mt. Peak

I started at 8am right when the preservatory opened and it was already hot. The bottom was the hottest yet the trail had nicely shaded…

#1: Volcan via Five Oaks Trail

Great hike! We met 1 person who was finishing when we were starting at about 10:15am. They suggested the Five Oaks Trail, so we took…

1 of 6

Haven’t purchased bug spray in San Diego, but for this hike I would spray some on before starting out. Enjoyed the Five Oaks path for…

Two can Volcan

We’re early risers and started around 6am to beat the heat and the bugs.  Comfortable temps, not too buggy.  Had the trails to ourselves for…

Volcan Mountain

Warm sunny day – lovely day for a hike. Saw zero other hikers (Friday morning).  Trail was steep at the beginning and then more moderate…

Volcan Mountain

Lots of shade in the beginning if you start early, more exposed and windy at the top. Some bugs but not too bad. Nice trail.

Volcan/Cuyamaca Double

Did Volcan and Cuyamaca in the same day. Volcan: trail and weather were perfect. Very scenic hike with lots of variety. Did the fire road…

A Molten-less Mountain

Hike #31 of 2022 ✔️ Volcan Mountain to Five Oaks Trail ✔️ What a beautiful day. ☀️ There was a slight chill to the air…

Volcan

Beautiful! An absolute must do again. I’d love to bring my dog but there are a lot of foxtails on the more single track route…

Volcan Mountain

Completed the first of the Six Pack of Peaks today at Volcan Mountain. I have hiked this trail one other time, in January 2018, when…

Day 2: 2nd Mountain of the day!

Trail was very wide and easy to navigate. There is parking along the street but no designated parking lot. This was a good hike with…

Volcan Mountain

Started at 7:40am to beat warm weather. The weather was nice. Cool breeze at top of hike. Lots of shady coverage during the incline portion…

Step 1: Volcan Mountain

Nice hike to do if you want to knock one out pretty quickly. Took a little less than 2 hours. Started to heat up by…

Volcan Mountain Trail

The hike was great, I invited my non hiker bff and she did great. I thought she was going to turn around especially after spotting…

Volcan Mountain!

Saw a rattlesnake, so be careful. Took five oaks trail alternative on the way up and went down the Volcan Mountain Trail. Definitely a good…

Volcan Mtn

The least challenging of the SD hikes.  Good workout all the same.

Volcan…then to Cuyamaca

Did a two-peak hike on March 12, 2022; Volcan & Cuyamaca. First time taking the Five Oaks Trail on our way back. Absolutely a nice,…

Volcan Mtn Peak

It was a very windy foggy day so we did not get to see the views but will be back!

One down Five to go !!

Started at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve at around 10:00 AM, took the five oaks trail to the summit and returned to the trailhead around…

Volcan mountain

Great hike. weather was overcast with strong winds.

Volcan Mountain

Amazing, short hike. Great views and intermittent shade make for a magical experience! We will be back!

Hurricane Volcan

May 28, 2022 My husband and I hiked Volcan mountain. It was a beautiful day at first. This was the best time I’ve hiked Volcan…

Summit with Sheri and Koda

It was a warm day and Koda was not liking the hot sun on his black curly hair.  He kept running from shade to shade.…

Volcan Mountain

This is a well maintained, easy-to-follow trail. We started the trail at 7am and the sun was low enough to be filtered by the trees…

Valcan Mountain

Weather was perfect.  Not too hot and not too Beautiful view and fairly easy hike with not much crowd of people. Pretty quiet and enjoyable…

Hummingbirds and Flowers

It was a wonderful day for a hike: bright and sunny, moderately warm, and just a bit breezy at the top of the peak. Lots…

Vulcan mountain

Beautiful day. Temperatures in the 70s with a cooling breeze. Wildflowers were blooming. The trail was not completely shaded but shaded in spots through most…

Snake , rattle and roll

It was a warm day ! Started around 7 am to beat the heat . Not too busy when we started . On the way…

Volcan Mountain

Cold and windy day for a hike, especially as I neared the summit.  Getting to the trailhead was easy and there was plenty of parking…

Mothers Day

We decided to get to the trail early…which was probably a bad idea because it was foggy the entire time. We heard that this hike…

Volcan

Beautiful hike, though the wind near the summit was insane. Recommend layers.

Perfect Weather

Beautiful hike with great weather. With the wildflowers blooming we wanted to make this our last training hike for the Tran Catalina Trail in two…

Volcan Mountain ✅

Beautiful first hike, should have brought my dog wasn’t sure how difficult it would be.  Loved it!

Volcan

Went up the side trail, down main. Beautiful but windy morning.

Spring on Volcan

I took the scenic Five Oaks Trail on the way up but stayed on the main trail on the way down. Everything was fairly green…

Dog pull hike

It was cold in the beginning and fogged in when we started at 0943 hours. Just started to clear as we got to the top

Volcan Mountain

Trail was well maintianed. 8:30 AM start, mid 60’s temp, windy, dry. Shade for most of hike until peak.

First Peak w/ My Lady Gang

The most beautiful, green, lush hike, with multiple amazing view points. Temperature was perfect, clear skies and wild flowers. So impressed! Highly recommend taking the…

Morning on Volcan

After the hard climb up Sunset Mountain yesterday, I was looking for something a bit tamer. So, I decided to continue working on the San…

Volcan Mountain

Fun hike, good weather.  Sunny, but cool (mid-60’s), and windy when away from the trees.

Volcan Mtn. – Hike #1

First time trying this, definitely a workout! I was a bit intimidated as this was hike #1 of my Six Peak Challenge. I passed a…

Volcan Mountain

It was a rainy and foggy day. Steep incline for the first 1.3 miles, about 1/2 mile from the summit there were 35-40 mph wind…

Poppies and Pie

Julian, a long scenic drive.  The morning was hot and for a second I was considering not going but glad we started because the breeze…

Grand Finale

Completed the last of the San Diego six pack peaks on a gorgeous day. Lots of wildflowers overlooking Julian to wrap up this super fun…

California Surprise at the Summit

I enjoyed hiking the peak with my family: Kurt, two daughters and my eldest daughter’s husband on Easter Sunday.  It was great to complete the…

Foggy Four

Fog bank rolled in as soon as we got there. 40 degrees and 50 mph winds at the top. Apparently it’s a good idea to…

Volcan mountain

beautiful sunny day. Not too busy, trail in great condition

The Wine is Waiting!

A beautiful day to hike Volcan Mountain. There were several cars near the trail head, but we really didn’t see that many people. It was…

Volcan mt

Beautiful day and a pretty easy hike with great views

volcan

Went into the climb way too hard which made .75mi to 1.5mi really hard.  Took ~70min total to get to the top then wandered around…

We Can Hike Volcan

Perfect weather today. Sunny but not too hot. Enjoyed the shady spots and came back down via 5 Oaks  trail which is a little more…

The Volcan Mountain Trail

One of the shortest peaks in San Diego and by far one of my favorite one’s.  It was pretty warm today, but at the top…

Mountain 1

Beautiful clear blue day topped with a field of blooming poppies at the top.  Enjoyed a snack on the bench and took in the pretty…

Pie as a reward!

Good morning! Started the hike a bit before the preserve “openend”. Didn’t realize it’s closed until 8am. There was others ahead of us. Weather was…

Volcan Mountain

This is the first time I took the Five Oaks Trail up and down. It was beautiful and I highly recommend this route. The weather…

Volcan Mountain

Beautiful hike! Completed with my 12 yr old daughter and hiking pal. We took Summit trail up and five Oaks Trail on the way back…

Quick Morning Trip

Beautiful sunrise hike this morning to beat the heat.  I went up the 5 Oaks Trail and down the main trail.  Both are pretty and…

A windy day stop Volcan Mountain

We had a great hike with perfect temperatures. It was windy for the last 1/2 mile. Decent views although a bit hazy, we could see…

Vulcan Mountain

It was a cool and windy day but great weather for the uphill portions of this trail. Nice combination of shady and open trail. The…

Volcan Mtn – Saw 3 Snakes

The weather was perfect (around 75 degrees and sunny) but the wind was intense, even blew my hat off a few times, but it kept…

Julian Peak 1 Complete

Started out at around 8:30am. It was chilly but not bad. The heavy fog stayed throughout, but the sky peaked out at the top for…

Volcan Mountain Completed

Started around 8:30 with fog and chilly weather. At the peak, we were above the fog with a beautiful blue sky. We took the Five…

Volcan Mountain

It started as sunny then I hiked in the clouds/fog until I was out the top of the clouds near the summit. It’s pretty cool…

Family Hike

Very misty on the ascent, but clear on descent.

Volcan – not Vulcan

Lots of early morning fog & clouds (7:00am). Very few hikers on a weekday. Be prepared for wind and cold as you approach the summit. …

Shenanigans on Volcan Mountain

Wonderful day for a Southern California hike in the San Diego grasslands…with a bright, sunny sky, new grass just starting to poke above the winter…

Volcan Mtn Hike

First hike of the challenge for me… Overall a great hike! Beautiful views and great weather, but a lot of incline so I’m feeling really…

Peaking the VM

The lower half of the trail has amazing countryside views and a wide range of native plants and trees including manzanita. It was breezy and…

Volcan Mountain – 3rd SD Peak

Took this hike a day after Hot Springs Mountain while we were in the area that weekend.  Nice and relaxing.  Windy at the top.

Strengthen Health

Beautiful sunny and cool breeze day for a hike.  The trail conditions and wealth were great.  Growing to strengthen mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Volcan Mountain

Light, fun and beautiful views. Chilly at the top so a light jacket would suffice.

Windy at the top!

Nice having two options – one fairly straight and steep and another with switchbacks to ease the inclines. The grass fields at the top are…

Up and up and up

I got a late start. About noon.  Temp between 65-70. I’d definitely suggest a hat. Thankfully I had sun block.

Volcan Mountain

This was clear day for a double hike, also tackled Corte Madera Mountain.

Dashing up Volcan

Nice and wide trail, no scrambling, steep for the first mile, enjoyable kisses of shade interspersed, easy hiking to the summit. Once on the summit…

Finally found it…the geo marker!

12March22 This was a 2-Peak day hike plan to start the 2022 San Diego 6POP with Volcan and then Cuyamaca at a later time. It…

IFR

Cloudy and windy

Cloudy Summit

The trail was muddy in some areas but still very passable. It was a cold, overcast day with high winds, and up towards the top…

Dog friendly trail

Started the hike about 10am and finished by 2:05pm.  Weather was sunny with some clouds; temp was about 58 deg at start and was about…

Peak Windy

This was the third time I have hiked Volcan Mountain. Perhaps that is why I decided to hike this peak first — I knew what…

Views From Volcan Mountain

We had a perfect hiking day – the weather was sunny and warm (but not too warm) at the start of the trail.  We took…

St Pattys jaunt up Volcan Peak

Started somewhat late around 12:30, but it was a lovely day for a hike. Saw just 1 person going up and 3 as were coming…

Volcan Mountain ⛰

Short and sweetest one we’ve bagged so far. Perfect for a Sunday morning since it’s not too time consuming to complete. You turn the corner…

The wind hates us

Second hike of the peaks challenge, will confirm that the very start gets your heart rate up in a hurry. Very pleasant after that. There…

Gone with the wind

The second hike of Peak challenge.  Stated off day by seeing three deer just peaking at us.  Hill gets your legs warmed up in a…

Volcan Mountain

It was a beautiful day to hike this trail. No mud with just a tiny patch of snow at the summit. The trail was very…

Volcan to El Centro

Volcan early (DST change over today) bc I had a lunch appt with relatives in El Centro at 1pm! Windy and at times down to…

Volcan Mountain Peak

Beautiful day to hike a new trail and peak! A little snow as still on parts of the trail.

Easy but Breezy!

Beautiful easy hike. Up on the summit it got very breezy and cold. Admired the stamina of other hikers in shorts and short sleeves!

Volcan Mountain

The easiest of this years six peaks. We paired it with hot springs mountain and did it the day after. You can easily do in…

1st Hike

Hike was moderate, .5 mile of elevation then the rest were downhill going back. Views were amazing at the summit.

1st Hike ✔?… 5 more to go!

HAPPINESS IS HIKING WITH FRIENDS Hike more and worry less! I am thankful to my hiking friends for the challenge, the motivation, the patience and…

Sort of First Time

San Diego is not really close to where I live so we decided to spend the night in Ramona. This way we can head to…

Mountain High

Did the hike with my daughter and husband The trail was a great. Uphill at least 1 1/2 mile to start, and rest of the…

Volcan Mt

I hiked Volcan mt in early March so the morning was cold low 40s but soon as we started hiking it was fine. Trail was…

Volcan mountain

On the way up it was snowy and cold. The trail was manageable but had some water and slush. On the way down the snow…

Slipping and sliding on Volcan Mountain

#SundayFunday 2-fer-1 Solo hike. Decided to knock out 2 peaks, Cuyamaca and Volcan Mountain. Surprised with spectacular Alpine conditions at Cuyamaca Peak. But I came…