Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palomar Mountain, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
11 days ago

Trails well marked. Lots of wildlife. Doane Pond at halfway point. Some fallen trees on the trail and you either climb over or duck under.

2 months ago

Boucher trail was pretty over grown... we had a hard finding the trail. Pack your bug spray!

backpacking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Thunder springs trail was incredible. Lots of tree's provide plenty of shade. Felt like we were under the canopy most of the hike. Good times. Once you get to the campground, and start crossing over to the Boucher trail, it is a bit of a mess. Very overgrown right now. Was constantly ducking and diving around overgrowth. This section needs some serious work. My kids were constantly asking me if we were still on the trail. The road up can be slow, so plan accordingly and don't forget to bring your state parking pass if you have one. Otherwise $10 to park.

5 months ago

There were several spots with obstacles in the form of fallen trees and bush/tree branches that extend over the trail. It was very helpful for us to carry a stick to move branches out of the way before crossing. We passed many bushes with suspicious leaves.

Overall, this hike was fairly level. It may be called intermediate because of the obstacles. Regardless, it was nice to find a cool getaway..the temp was at least 10 degrees cooler than San Diego; partially tree-shaded.

We saw much less wildlife than expected...only squirrels, lizards, and some beautiful birds. I had a flashback to watching The Hunger Games because these birds here sound just like the mockingjay call. Is that a real bird?

hiking
8 months ago