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#43 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Palomar Mountain State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Palomar Mountain State Park, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Palomar Mountain State Park ranging from 1.4 to 25.1 miles and from 1,263 to 5,964 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This park is located in northern San Diego county. Enjoy hiking through the beautiful forest. Dogs and mountain bikes aren't allowed on the trails. The park is open from dawn until dusk. There is a $10 daily usee fee. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

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Map of trails in Palomar Mountain State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1862 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
760-742-3462
Helpful links
Top trails (11)
#1 - Oak Grove Trail to High Point
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 7 h 36 m
NOTE: Parking is behind the fire station near a large oak tree. Adventure pass is required. Show more
#2 - Boucher Trail and Palomar Mountain Loop
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 32 m
$10 parking fee. Note: Dogs are NOT allowed on the trails, but are allowed anywhere else. The trail is uphill until you reach Boucher Lookout Tower. It breaks at the tower which contains a picnic areShow more
#3 - Thunder Spring Trail
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Thunder Spring Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aguanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#4 - Boucher Trail and Scott's Cabin Loop
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Boucher Trail to fire tower overlook, then Adams Trail to Scott's Cabin Trail back to Silvercrest Picnic Area. There is a small fee to enter the state park.Show more
#5 - Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palomar Mountain, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderatShow more
#6 - Palomar Divide Road
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 25.1 mi
Access to this trail is gated and it is also subject to closure based on wet weather or fire danger. See here for most up to date closure info: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/cleveland/alerts-notiShow more
#7 - Scotts Cabin Trail
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
1.2 miles each way. Easy to moderate, with up and downhill slopes each way. Lots of wildlife, tree cover and birdlife. Bug spray a must. Trail narrow in areas. Poison oak present. Very beautiful trailShow more
#8 - Nate Harrison Grade OHV Route
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 17 mi
As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that the trail is CLOSED about 6 miles in. Please see the park's website for up to date information before visiting.Show more
#9 - Love Valley Trail
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Love Valley Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Ysabel, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#10 - Boucher Hill Loop
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 59 m
Boucher Hill Loop is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pala, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
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