Volcan Mountain Manzanitas (7 photos)

I’m finally getting around to processing the last photos from April. The images below are from a hike at Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve near Julian in San Diego’s mountains, with my friend T. M. Schultze.

I’ve hiked this area before in February (for the first time actually, since dogs weren’t allowed there for the longest time). Back then, new grasses hadn’t grown in the open areas yet, and the deciduous trees were still pretty bare. In late April though, we hit the jackpot both with regards to the seasonal timing as well as the weather: everything was super lush and green at this elevation, and we hiked right in the clouds, with an occasional light drizzle. Absolutely wonderful!

I’m branching out these Manzanita photos into a separate post to keep the post more tightly on topic. And also, I think these Manzanitas absolutely deserve their own blog post. Volcan Mountain was spared by both of San Diego’s biggest fires (they were in 2003 and 2007) and the old-growth Manzanitas up there are absolutely stunning. Sadly, quite some of them have been trimmed along the service road that service companies use to get to power lines and equipment installed up there, but there’s plenty of beautiful and mostly unharmed specimen to be found, nevertheless.

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