Updated: Aug 17, 2019
We're springing forward this weekend. The green grass is staring to poke through, the daffodils are about to bloom, the days are warming up, and soon everything will be in full blooming. In Julian, things to do and see all year long. Read on for the best things to do in spring in Julian.
Spring mornings are almost always on the cold side. As the day goes on it will warm up to 75-90 degrees and then cool down in the evening. Although winter ends in March, we can get snow as late as May or Mothers Day as the locals say. Every year we always get one last cold storm in the beginning of June before summer sets in. Spring is a beautiful time of year especially in the mountains but be sure to check the weather before you head up. Might be a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater just in case.
Things To Do
The mountain and dessert wildflowers are spectacular. The hillsides are covered in mountain lilacs and the valleys are alive in a variety of native flowers among the fresh grass. Of course the highlight in our town is always seeing the fruit trees in full blossom. The Julian Woman's Club holds an annual wildflower show to display nature's beauty. Depending on the rain, Julian tends to spring alive around the end of February and last until April.
The Julian Daffodil Project
In addition to wildflowers, the Julian community has worked hard to line the roads with over 4 million daffodil bulbs. The daffodils usually start blooming in February and March. Be sure to look for when the Julian Daffodil Project is holding their annual Daffodil Show. For those who can't make the show, many of the daffodils are along the highways and on private property as you come into the town of Julian. A few safe spaces to pull over to enjoy the daffodils are Wynola Pizza and near the Julian Library/Julian High School. Please don't pick the flowers or steal the planted bulbs.
Spring is one of the best times to go hiking in our local mountains. The weather is perfect and the natural landscaping is as beautiful as ever. Just to name a few hiking spots; Stonewall Peak, Green Valley Falls, Lake Cuyamaca, Volcan Mountain, and Santa Ysabel East and West. You may even run into some nice cows in one of the San Diego Country Parks. We don't recommend Cider Creek or Three Sisters despite their growing popularity.
Taste of Julian is a really fun way to see and taste all the Julian has to offer!
The Julian Lilac Festival is a fun family fun event held at Fort Cross. They have fun activity packages for you to choose from. Take a break from the actives while you enjoy a walk through their organic lilac groves. Want to bring your home school group or Boy/Girl Scouts troop? No problem! Just call ahead so Fort Cross can accommodate you.
Come celebrate Julian's gold mining history at the Julian Gold Rush Days. Just a 5 minute drive away from the Historic downtown Julian, the Julian Farm transforms into an old mining camp for the weekend. Come meet local craftsman, pan for gold and relive history.
In addition to hiking around Lake Cuyamaca, the spring weather makes for a great day of fishing. The Lake has many on shore fishing spots as well as boats available to give you an all around fishing experience. You never know what you might catch! Lake Cuyamaca is stocked with trout, bass, catfish, bluegill, crappie, and sturgeon.
Camping and Glamping
Spring and Summer weather make tent camping in the mountains a great family activity. There are so many beautiful campgrounds to choose from...you might have to come back and try them all out! Julian is even home to San Diego's first glamping & experiential retreat, Alter Experiences. They provide all the equipment you'll need for your trip. Be sure a take some time to enjoy our beautiful mountain night sky.
Make sure to "bring home the mountains" with a Spring scented Mountain Made product!