Three Sisters Falls


Three Sisters Falls Trail is a fun day hike for any van lifer looking for an adventure out of the city. The hike is a 4.1 mile out and back trail located near Julian that features three waterfalls and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. There’s a steep descent into the canyon where the falls are located so make sure you have enough energy for the return hike. You can swim in the water below the falls when there’s enough water.  


Three Sisters Waterfall is a wonderful backcountry destination for any van lifer looking to hike one of the most iconic places in San Diego County.  The falls consist of three successive, cascading waterfalls and pools of cool, flowing water to swim in.

The trail to the falls has gotten better since the US Forest Service updated it but it’s still to be respected. The first half of this hike involves a descent of 1035 feet into a steep canyon. The hard part is hiking back out when you are already tired so make sure you are aware of this and plan accordingly.

Make sure you bring plenty of water and try not to hike in the heat of the summer. The forest service will actually close the trail if the temperature exceeds 100 degrees. 

Try to go after a good rainstorm when more water is flowing over the falls. 


From I-8 East, take the CA-79 exit. Follow 79 North for approximately 1.3 miles, then turn left onto Riverside Drive. At .9 miles Riverside Drive turns into Viejas Blvd and you will see a market/gas station on the left. Turn left here onto Viejas Grade Rd, then make an immediate right onto Oak Grove Dr. Follow Oak Grove Dr for 1.6 miles and turn right onto Boulder Creek Rd. Continue on Boulder Creek Road for 13 miles until you reach a hairpin turn where you will find the large dirt parking area and trailhead on the left.

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Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain is a great place to go hiking for any van or RV nomad. Iron Mountain is located between the cities of Poway and Romona. The hike is one of the most popular hikes in San Diego because of the moderate elevation change. When you make it to the summit, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounded areas.

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Julian is a beautiful mountain town located in the Cuyamaca mountains. The town dates back to the 1870’s gold rush in the early days of California and has a rich history. As a result, Julian has shops housed in historic buildings, a historic hotel, and many restaurants. It’s also known for its famous apple pies that attract visitors worldwide.

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