Beautiful in the fall. Great trek for a 5 year old as well.

A very nice trail for a warmer day, as most of the trail is in the shade and much of it is parallel to a stream.

3 months ago


Gorgeous trail and gorgeous day! Did the entire loop and pond. So many wildflowers and birds. Hardly anyone else around. Loved every minute!

It’s soooooooo beautiful. You get a peace of mind and feel so relaxed once you leave. Go around January and you might catch yourself being surrounded by all the lady bugs !!!!!!! You’ll catch a lot of blue jays too depends if you go around morning, early afternoon. Maybe even deer around sunset time. But it’s wonderful highly recommend it !!! You’ll really enjoy it !

Loved it! There are so many trails to follow! It’s beautiful and my youngster didn’t complain much. We did a small loop to try it out with the app. We will come back and explore the rest of the trails.

Great hike. The weir house was absolutely amazing, be careful on the rocks at the house, they are extremely slippery.

Okay, this was a fun hike! There IS a 10 dollar fee for parking inside the state park. Which is unavoidable so just prepare to pay 10 bucks to hike here. There is absolutely ZERO CELL PHONE SERVICE. So please don’t go alone. Please stay on the trails and be careful. Don’t get lost. Open the trails app before you loose service going up the mountain. I found little spots of service , enough to at least open this app and figure out where we were. Now , this was a very fun hike . To be honest tho, the “waterfall” is a dam called Weir Dam Historical Site and it’s off the the side of this trail. It’s easy to find just follow the signs. Park at the Doane Pond lot next to the school up there, and you can pretty much hike to all the fun areas here . PLEASE BRING A LOT OF WATER, and FOOD. there is no place to buy food or snacks once you past the fork in the road next to the diner. There are a few water fountains around randomly but I’d still bring your own. Follow my advice and you all will have a fun time up in the mountains! Be safe and watch out for poison oak.

Lovely! You see the valley, cedar trees, creek, and wild life. Relatively quiet trail. Very easy to do with a baby in a carrier. You do need to cross the creek at one point on stones, but it’s very easy and most times of the year the water level is very low.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

easy, nice.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

We did the Doane Valley loop, French Valley Loop and ended with the Weir trail, which brought us back to the parking lot near the entrance of the campground. We had a blast! The hike was amazingly kid-friendly (we had a 5 and 12 year old with us), but you do need to be able to identify poison oak, as it grows everywhere, and stinging nettle, if you go near the creek. There was a huge fallen tree that served as a playground for a nice break and the path was really well taken care of. We only saw a few other people (less than 10) so it was a nice quiet hike. There were open stretches, but also plenty of shaded hike areas, for balance. This was a great fall hike, but I can't wait to go back in the spring and see the tall grasses when they are green! I'll definitely do this hike again!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Short but beautiful

FYI This is in the State Park which charges $10 for day use. The trails were a wee bit confusing but we're new to this so it was probably user error. Pretty, shady, and tranquil on the "tree" side, but a bit warm on the "meadow" side. We saw wild turkeys which was a real treat! Went to the observatory after. It's only 5 miles. It's a must see!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This park is absolutely beautiful. There are a lot of gorgeous hiking options and a campground. However, I can't write a review without mentioning the fact that, at the time of my visit, in late June, the sheer number of flies in the area made the hike absolutely unbearable. I could've hiked this beautiful place for hours but left after one. I have never seen anything like it. I will definitely be back once I know they are gone.

Love that we can drive an hour from busy crowded san diego to a pine tree forest. It's really like your in the Sierra's with smaller trees.

Nice little trail. I did it with my family. A 14 year old daughter. Wasn't too hard and had some nice views. Not much elevation. If you're looking for an easier hike that most everyone can do this is it.

This is the perfect hike to escape all the hustle and bustle of the city. Beautiful, big trees like oaks and incense cedar. The sound of water flowing in the creek. You can't beat it. Great for kids of all ages.

Technically hiked lower Doane and French Valley, but can't locate it here.
Hiked on 5-13-17 with Pete , Tyler and Natti. One of the best hikes ever... with the trees, creeks and pond, this felt and looked more like Northern California than Southern.

went desperce camping out hear and fell in love with it saw some animal tracks but no animal and not another person it was peaceful.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

lots of beautiful trees. excellent for bird watching! Paying the day pass is $10. Will be back to go camping!

Felt like I was in the Sierra Nevada forest.

Beautiful! Little maneuvering off road, but the trail heads are conveniently placed.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Beautiful hike. Started from the Doane Valley campground and hiked out to the Weir, then finished this trail. Sun was shining, ran into some downed trees from recent storms, and some snow. Couldn't have asked for a better hike!

The woodsy part of the trail was okay, but the open areas were better. Lots of huge, tall trees and easy hiking. Worked out best for the final hike of the day.

A very easy trail with lots of photo opportunities. I recommend adding the French Valley Trail into the loop if you want a little longer route.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

This was a beautiful trail! Heavily wooded and shaded, with a big meadow right in the middle. Some of the trees were absolutely massive, quite obviously very old. Saw tons of birds. Only a couple other people on the trail, too. Really felt like we were in nature. The drive up from San Diego was scenic in its own right -- you get extremely high elevation getting here. Perfect hike to kick off the fall season.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nice quick trail. Beautiful views!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Be teleported to some place other than SOCAL with this hike...and the fallen1000 year old tree is something to behold.

A great family hike to an awesome lunch spot. The hike along the Weir Trail is such a departure from the normal SOCAL hike - tall pines and old oaks give such a sense of peace and tranquility. Loved this hike. And the pond at the end is a great lunch location to allow for exploration and rest.

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