French Valley Trail is a 3.7 mile loop trail located near Aguanga, CA that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.
Explore the beautiful forest and mountain meadows of Palomar Mountain State Park The beautiful forests and mountain meadows of Palomar Mountain State Park are in northern San Diego County on the west side of Palomar Mountain. Large pine, fir and cedar trees make the park one of the few areas in southern California with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere. Elevation within the park averages 5,000 feet above sea level, making evenings cool even during the summer and freezing in winter. The park is home to an interlocking network of trails; selecting a hike among the many forks is like picking a plot in a Choose-Your-Own Adventure novel. In other words, you are not bound by any particular destination when you embark from a trailhead. Creek, woodland, meadow, pre/historic site, and ridgecrest views are yours. To the east, beyond the limits of the park, is the world-famous Palomar Observatory and the highest point of the 6,100-foot mountain. Many park visitors make the eight-mile trip up the road to the observatory, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology. The observatory is open to the public free of charge from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
An easy hike around the meadow that provides lots of photo opportunities. The North section of the trail that leads to a waterfall has been closed since 2014 with a barrier across the trail marking it out of bounds. Add a diversion from the loop and take the Weir Trail north where it intersects with the Lower Doane Trail and follow it to the Weir historic site (it ends at the site).
We were pestered by little flies the entire route, repellent didn't help. Other than that it's a perfect loop with a good mix of sun and shade. I'll be coming back to this one once the rains start up.
Be teleported to some place other than SOCAL with this hike...and the fallen1000 year old tree is something to behold.
Very leisurely and kind of short but the forest is truly incredible. The wetter northeastern facing side of the valley is filled with cedars, white firs, and Jeffrey pines while the sunny southwestern facing side boasts massive interior live oaks. It doesn't feel like Southern California at all.
Nice walk and scenery thru the valley
Great view of the Doane Valley with some sha