we had a great trip! besides the heat wave. it was quiet and peaceful. we had site 98 and loved it. it's a pretty large site not far from the restrooms. definitely going back!
This is a favorite for us. We have camped here with many other families and it’s great. we can hike, play football/soccer in the meadow and join in when they have activities at the amphitheater. The only down fall if there has to be one is that the rangers are strict on when fires have to be out by. They are also strict on quiet hours at night which has always been nice. It’s also close to Julian so it’s easy to pop in for some pie :)
We went camping over Memorial Day weekend. It was packed with lots of families but was still relaxing. Restrooms and showers were clean. This is a nice spot with hiking options close by.
We love this campground
The drive up here from San Diego is quick and picturesque. You'll pass through a couple quaint and historic little mountain towns, but Julian is the best stop. Make sure to grab some pie and hard cider before you leave, apples grow everywhere in Julian. As for the campgrounds, they are located at an elevation of 4,200 ft and feature rolling hills with deer and wild turkeys! We were able to see both, as well as a pack of 20 raccoons when we were about to go to sleep. Most sites have trees, but you can't tie anything to them FYI. Bathrooms and showers were close and very clean…bring quarters for the showers.
We loved our campsite here! Site 65 was up a small hill from the sites below it and surrounded by trees and brush, so there was a good amount of privacy and a lot of room. There was a water spout on our site, which was convenient.
The bathrooms were a bit of a walk from our site, but the seclusion was worth it. The showers were good temperature and water pressure and the bathrooms were clean.
It did get pretty windy in the middle of the night in late spring, a howling wind, so bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.
We really enjoyed the hiking trails at this site, beautiful mountain vistas and chaparral.
With Julian being so close, it is easy to go to town for shopping/supplies or restaurants. This campground is a great getaway just a quick drive out of San Diego to connected to nature. I would definitely return.
Stayed in site #73 this past weekend. I wouldn't recommend that spot. It is too close to #74. They are both large spots but the actually fire pits are too close to eachother. Luckily there was a nice family staying next to us so we hardly noticed them. Had they been too loud it could have ruined the trip. Also this spot had very little shade in the afternoon when the sun was the hottest.
The bathrooms were shut down for maintenance in that loop so they offered portable toilets which got full quick. The hand washing station ran out of water the second day and was never refilled so you had to go back to your site to wash your hands. The running water coming from the spigot was orange and frothy and had a sign saying not to use it for drinking.
The hiking trail that was near by was the best part. Tons of wildflowers everywhere and beautiful views.
I probably won't come back to this campground next time I got camping. There are campgrounds closer to San Diego that are have bigger sites.
easy to get to, nice amenities
right next to Julian (perfect for day trips into town)
there are a few campsites where you can create some privacy (much more so than many other San Diego park campgrounds)
cool, easy trails to hike nearby
most campsites are right on top of each other, many don't provide shade. One occasion, a family with a giant RV parked in the middle of the tent campground area, their generator/other RV components were extremely loud, and they brought two power wheel cars that their young children promptly began to drive around (adding to the sounds of other battery-powered crap) at 6am. My solace came when the batteries finally died.
rangers are constantly patrolling and there are A TON of rules for the campground ("quiet hours", no ropes or anything else tied to the trees)
the area is ridden with flies at certain times of the year- i believe it was late summer
Went with a group of 8 others and took my dog. Mostly quiet, beautiful trees. It can get a little warm during the day but the sites were fairly shaded. We mountain biked around the lake for a day of adventure. Fire pits have to be used with fire danger, but overall great sites.
William Heise campground is a great spot if you live in San Diego and want to get away for a weekend. It has miles of trails and with a little altitude it makes for a good place to train. The sites are roomy and fairly spread out. In other words, you don't feel like you are on top of your neighbors. There are clean bathrooms and showers.