There are 20 electric-only sites and 37 dry sites that can accommodate up to 40 ft RVs, as well as 42 tent only sites and several cabins for rent. The park is very busy on weekends, and our Easter weekend stay was no exception. There are several miles of trails throughout the park, many of them are rather steep, and we did not encounter too many people on the trails.
The nearby towns, Julian and Wynola, are just an hour from San Diego and are extremely popular for day trippers. In fact, one day Hans' parents and brother and sister-in-law came out for a drive and lunch with us...a perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day.
|Turkey trotting through the middle of the partial hookup sites soon after we arrived.
|There's live music on the weekends at Wynola Pizza.
Sara Petite is a well known San Diego musician.
Nearby hiking includes Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, just a few miles from William Heise, offers several miles of trails. At the top, on a clear day, you can see both the desert and the ocean!
|Entrance gate at Volcan Mountain.
|Looking down on apple orchards and vineyards.
It's the end of March and everything is GREEN!
|We look back on our trail snaking across the hill below.
This is looking west...on a clear day we may have been able to see the ocean on the horizon.
|Behind us is Anza Borrego desert where we'd just spent nine days.
The high point behind my left shoulder is Whale Peak, which we'd climbed the previous week!
William Heise County Park was one victim of the enormous 2003 Cedar Fire which burned over 280,000 acres, the largest wildfire in California history. In the photo below taken from the parks' Desert View Trail the campground is located in the swath of trees in the center and both the distant and the near hillsides were completely burned away and are now covered with thick chaparral brush.
|Both the near and far hillsides were once covered in tall trees and large manzanita bushes.
Today, 13 years after the Cedar Fire, they are covered in chaparral with a few trees trying to make a comeback.
|This portion of the Cedar Trail actually goes through the remaining forest.
The Cedar Fire did sweep through here though and thousands of young cedar trees line the trail
promising a lush forest for future generations.
|Skeletons of burnt oak trees tower above Hans on the Cedar Trail.
After so much time they are toppling over one by one.
I forgot to take multiple photos of our site at William Heise. In the electric-only section 20 sites are laid out around a circle. Many of them are two or more sites sharing the same parking area...not our cup of tea. Some sites throughout the park are quite unlevel.
We chose site #11, one of the few sites that did not share space, and it turned out to be extremely narrow, just barely fitting our rig and truck, we had no room to spare on either side due to trees and bushes. Thank goodness we only have slides on one side, a rig with opposing slides would not have fit in this site!
Fortunately we had a nice big area behind our site for our sitting area, though it was open to the neighbors so no privacy. There was also access to some wonderful terrain for Rosie to explore. If we stay here again we'd want site #8 or #12 in the electric-only section. There were also some beautiful, large, private sites in the dry section, such as site #22.
Verizon signal is excellent at this park.
|That's our Montana jammed into site #11.
Site #12 on the right had a little more room to maneuver.
|Six turkeys parading through our sitting area on Easter morning.
Rosie loved exploring among the bushes and trees behind the turkeys.
|In kitty heaven!
We are now back in San Diego till mid May for sure. Fingers crossed my mom continues to improve...