Palomar Observatory Trail

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Palomar Observatory Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aguanga, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
754 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

Directions from LA Basin: Head east on Hwy 76 to S6 and drive north toward Palomar Mountain. Follow S6 to Observatory Campground. Trailhead parking is near the amphitheater inside the campground (follow the signs). Vehicles must display a Forest Adventure Pass. The trailhead is adjacent to the amphitheater.

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2 months ago

Beautiful trail, a decent amount of uphill hiking on the way up, but well worth it with the mountain views. The bugs in late September were pretty terrible with the heat, but not a big deal if you are used to the wilderness. Not hard to navigate and well maintained trail overall!

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3 months ago

A fun little hike with a little science to break it up. Wasn't a fan of the flies and gnats.

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5 months ago

Beautiful views on the way up to the Observatory. Good hike. Gnats weren't to terribly bad this time.

6 months ago

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7 months ago

nice simple and a beautiful hike

9 months ago

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11 months ago

Lots of poison oak. No scenery.

11 months ago

A pleasant hike with some great views. The observatory at the top was good to see too.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Tons of poison oak but a cool hike.