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Boucher Trail and Scott's Cabin Loop is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aguanga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 767 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Over grown

No dogs

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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.

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Reviews (96)
Photos (311)
Recordings (78)
Completed (351)
Olga Ramirez
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Hiking

First time here with a friend who introduced me. I loved it! A bit challenging at times, but the views and flowers were beautiful! Why not 5 stars? I think it could be maintained a little better, but wasn’t too bad!

Jamie McAllister
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Took us a little while to find the actual trailhead, as the description on the map wasn't very clear. Nice little trail, but is definitely not maintained. I got poison oak, so watch out! "Leaves of three, let them be!" Once we passed Scott's cabin, we trail ran until we got to the campground - then lost the trail again, so not entirely sure if we stayed the entire length of the trail. There were even some "Trail" signs that didn't make it any easier... ended up walking the road back to the parking lot. Good luck! See more on thescenicdetour.com

Adam D
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HikingBugsRocky

AMAZING trail. only down side. the BUGS! the park itself is open... to those who WALK-IN. you can not drive in. beautiful well maintained trail. bring lots if water cuz it's getting hot while most parts are shady. a quite a few are not.

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Kat Hunsinger
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Hiking

Pretty views but not well maintained

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Noah Hart
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Hiking

Trail had some snow still that I was not expecting but was a pleasant surprise. Got confused which direction to go twice but this app definitely helped. The first left about a half mile in we accidentally went right to chimney flats. Then, when we crossed a paved road we didn’t know we were supposed to walk into the campground to the back to pick up the trail again. Only complaint is the snow caused the bushes to fall across the trail, wish I brought a saw or machete. Trail definitely needs some maintenance , had to push and crawl under branches for a good 20 minutes.

Eric Kahler
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HikingSnowWashed out

The bugging if the trail is great, but once you pass the lookout tower, the trail begins to have trees and brush over the trail. At points I had to climb over big trees and bushes that had been swept onto the trail. Don’t get me wrong, it still was a very beautiful hike, just prepare yourself to climb over stuff!

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D P
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Hiking

Great hike lots of nice views well maintained trail Would reccomend getting map from ranger station 10.00 user fee to enter park.

Terkel Sorensen
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HikingBlowdown
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Heather Salyer
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Take a F’N hike Velez
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Hiking

Currently very overgrown in some areas and lots of bugs! But worth the view!

J Scott Parrish
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a well maintained trail.Suitable for year round hiking.

Nissa Morton
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Hiking

Stunning views, lots of birds, love the forest! There were many downed trees across the trail that made some parts an obstacle course. We added on other trails to make a day of it.

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Kevin S.
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Hiking

Excellent hike that hits the best parts of Palomar Mountain. Pair this with the Doane Valley Loop and you'll want to keep coming back!

Sumer Foley
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Hiking

Do yourself a favor and get a trail map of the area at the ranger station or download one before you come because the trails are not marked well. $10 entrance fee to the state park. Beautiful area though. Not a lot of people right now and great weather! Scott’s cabin is basically non existent right now. Looks like a pile of logs (maybe they are getting ready to rebuild it??)

Terrie Bacon
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Awesome! Perfect weather. A little peoplie but great trip.

Lewis Wise
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Hiking

We hiked this trail on Sunday, 10/14 with 4-adults and 3-kids (ages 12-14). On the way to the trailhead, you will first reach the State Park gate where you will need to pay a $10 fee to enter the Park. There is a small building there with the ranger, and inside are some really nice stuffed examples of the local wildlife. The parking lot is very, very close, on your left. There is a bathroom building there with nice flush toilets and a picnic ground. The hike starts down the paved road for about 300 yards, then enters the dirt trail. One thing I liked about the trail system is that it is mostly very well marked. If you are unsure where the trail transitions from the paved road to the dirt (it’s a funky 5 way intersection), then just check google maps street view, the street view shows it all, including down the trail, it’s pretty cool. The trail goes thru some really nice oaks, and up a long hill, coming to a nice lookout at the Boucher Fire Lookout Tower. Be sure to ask any fire watch attendants for a tower tour. We did, and it was super cool for the adults, and the kids tolerated it just fine. Back on the trail, and you’ll find a trail that is at this time very well maintained. They must have done a recent clean up and trimming all along it. Warning, there is ALOT of poison oak in the area. None posed a problem along the trail at this time, but you need to be weary of it and educate any kids. Due to being fall, the poison oak was easy to spot, as it’s a beautiful red color. Second warning, a tick tried to come home with us, but lost its life along the way, before it got to bury its head in my wife’s arm. Wildlife: plenty of birds, saw lots of lady bugs in one meadow, and I mean lots... like a gazillion. Saw a group of 4 deer crossing the trail about 100 yards ahead, and In the last 1/2 mile or so, a small fox crossed the trail and posed upon a tree stump for us. It was super cool. We liked the trail very, very much. I would have given it 5 stars, but downgraded it to 4 stars due to the poison oak and the hitchhiking tick. For a 3.4 mile trail, it gave a good workout with lots of beautiful scenery.

Anel Rahbari
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Hiking

Great hike, so beautiful, amazing scent of cedar and pine throughout.

Shawn Ryan
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Very beautiful hiking. Especially at the partly cloudy wether.

Rick Nyberg
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Hiking

We loved this hike. Somehow we turned it in to about 6 miles and the fit bit says about 112 stairs climbed. Lots or great up and down trails. Some downed trees across the trail here and there. Hope they don’t remove them. Easy to get a little of everything on these trails. E will be back soon.

Chip Picheloup
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Hiking

There is a $10 entrance fee to the park. CASH ONLY so come prepared. The general store will do cash back if you forget but they are limited by what’s in the till. The trail to the lookout was short and moderately steep. The views would be spectacular on a clear day, but it was hazy when we went. From the lookout, the trail heads downhill and there are numerous downed trees across the trail that were fun for our toddler and made the day interesting. Overall, trail would be considered an easy outing if it wasn’t for the downed trees you have to traverse along the way.

Neil Robst
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Hiking

Amazing views as always and the in the freezing temperatures much of the trees and foliage around covered in stunning icicles!

Shelby Lawson
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Hiking

Me, my husband, and our 2-year-old did this loop trail today (2/4/18) and it was amazing. Beautiful views, plenty of shade, quite a few easier sections where our son was able to get out of our hiking backpack carrier and walk himself, and we only saw 3 other groups the entire 3-and-a-half miles (that may be due to it being Super Bowl Sunday though). The weather couldn't have been more perfect, it was between 66 and 70 degrees throughout our hike (we started at 10 and got done at 12:15). We will be back frequently.

Ancie Yabut Dulalas
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Beautiful trail. don't forget to bring your insect repellent.

Marc Arias
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Hiking

Cool trail with ridgeline views of Harrah's casino below. Some parts of trail could use some TLC. Had to bend and climb through some brush.

Lucky Strike
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Hiking

We just did this loop June 4th, 2017. Boucher Lookout has spectacular views, and normally the ridge line views along the Adams trail are quite beautiful. I've done this exact loop before and my last trip in February I gave it four stars. However, the Adams trail needs some serious TLC. As of June, 2017 it is severely overgrown, almost impassable in numerous places. At several times we had to crawl on our hands and knees, even stomachs, and climb over/under (mostly through) bushes and dead trees. I'm not a novice hiker by any means. I truly love hiking. But, until this trail gets cleared up, I'd recommend spending your time doing a better trail elsewhere. Ideally Palomar State Park officials should close the Adams trail until it is cleared up, so other souls don't have to suffer through the misery we endured today. However, if you like hiking off trail, bushwhacking, groveling in dirt and sticky bramble bushes, tripping over root stumps, crawling over and under burned out trees, and loads upon loads of bugs, then this is a terrific trail for you. It would also make a great date hike if you have a girl/ guy you really want to break up with. This trail would do the trick for sure. In that case, I would give this trail five stars. Buen Camino, KV Adventures

Kay Robst
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Hiking

Great trail. Lots of fallen trees to negotiate, woodpeckers to listen out for & outstanding views as your prize. Hiking boots needed really & plenty of water. Make sure to check out 'Mother's Kitchen' for breakfast or lunch before heading into the park!

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