Preview Julian Mining District
From Hidden San Diego
A 90 minute drive from most of San Diego, scenic Julian is now more famous for apple pies than it is for its past gold mining activity. But just a short trip off of the beaten path lead you to remnants of this historic past.
- Hidden San Diego first explores the town of Julian and finds
- Washington Mine: After placer gold was found in Coleman Creek, it didn't take prospectors long to follow the trail of gold upstream to its source and the discovery of the first hard rock mine in the area. The entrances to the Washington and Roosevelt Mines can be found here along with displays of old mining equipment put together by the Julian Historical Society. Due to a lack of advertising, this area remains hidden and is seldom visited.
- Secluded Getaway: If you visit Julian on a busy weekend and are looking for a scenic, quite getaway, we've found it. This area has a giant oak for shade and overlooks a huge meadow and pond. A good place to regroup before your trip back "down the hill."
- The hills surrounding Julian contain more remote areas including
- Ella Mine Road: This rough dirt road leaves the main highway and heads up to Ella Mine, a few other prospects and one of the most secluded campsites you'll ever run across. This area was untouched by the Pines and Cedar Fires.
- Banner Creek Access: If you've ever driven the winding banner grade road from Julian down into the desert and thought that it would be nice to walk along the stream, this is your chance. A dirt road from the main highway leads to a small parking area. From here, it's just a short walk down to the creek for a little boulder hopping.
- Gold Cross Mine Road: This easy dirt road takes you through thick oaks and manzanita, winding back to a spring that runs year round. A few mining claims are still being worked in the area and are marked with posts. The 2002 Pines Fire burned through this area, but several years has it well on its way to recovery.
- Wilcox Toll Road: This hike only road takes you down to Warlock Mine. This mine was one of the last to be worked in the area. Other mining areas dot the hillside and are also highlighted. These sites can also be explored (but shouldn't be entered) as you make your way down. Most of this area burned in the Pines Fire but is recovering nicely.
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