Scotts Cabin Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aguanga, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length2.9 miElevation gain692 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Palomar Mountain State Park charges a fee to enter. The fee is $10 per vehicle. This trail is 1.2 miles each way. Users report this is easy to moderate, with up and downhill slopes each way that is great for most users. With lots of wildlife, tree cover and birdlife, users will enjoy this habitat too. However, bug spray a must in the warm season. Poison oak is also present.

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Jim Doty
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Added the Baptist, Adams to Boucher Tower. The down by Silver Creek, road, Scott's Cabin to Cedar and down to the lake. Nice combination.

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sarah gibbs
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Darin Clegg
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It was $10 for day use. Fill out the envelope and drop your money in the box on the way in. The views up here are incredible. It was so peaceful. There was a bit if snow on the north face. I went on a Tuesday and only saw 2 other people. I'll definitely come back to explore other trails

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Alison Place
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Went on a Sunday morning and it was packed, people parking half a mile down the road. Way too many people not wearing masks when passing others. Besides that, trails were fun and pretty easy to navigate with the maps they provide at the trail head. Fun little signs to read marking the native plants and flowers. If you make it to the cabin, there’s bathrooms and water fountains!

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Igor Karun
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Lisi CheekyPeaks
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Incredible views!!!!

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H U
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The state park was available for day use. We started at the Doane Pond and combined the following trails: Cedar, Scott’s Cabin, Chimney Flats and Thunder Spring, which got us back to the pond. Total length for the loop: 3.3 miles. While Cedar and Scott’s Cabin were a moderate hike up, the last two were pretty flat/easy. Very picturesque and nice hike for the entire family. It was a bit chilly, so be sure to carry some warm clothes. There is no internet while on the trail so grabbing a trail map at the entrance turned out to be a wise decision.

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Andy Chang
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Really great view

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Igor Karun
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Billy Lucas
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Christopher Matthews
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Jennifer Moff
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HikingFeeGreat!

Much like the other comments- We saw a doe, a couple of squirrels, blue jays and other birds and nature sounds. You should wear pants or at very least long socks. There are pesky BUGS that bothered/followed us. Wear bug spray. BEAUTIFUL HIKE OVERALL. We went in late afternoon. GORGEOUS SUNSET! Surprise—. I didn’t know that there is a $10. Day-Use Pass. Ranger Station was friendly. WORTH IT!

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Sarahfunah Swan
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Downhill, bugs not too bad, keep to center poison oak both sides. Beautiful.

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Chris Yu
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Good hiking. Bugs...

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Jessica Rushing
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Joseph Bacon
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Very nice! We got to see some wildlife, like a blue bird. It was a bit steep, though. There was a big log or two that we had to climb over, but could walk around others. It was great exercise! Very interesting: there were some black-scarred trees but most trees weren't black at all; the fire must've been a long time ago. Also, there were a lot of dead trees still standing. Not sure what killed them, but they did have a lot of small holes. We heard a slow-paced woodpecker, so that might be where the holes came from. Very curious.

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Garret Stoops
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Kristina Norcross
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Scott Calderwood
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Unless you enjoy rubbing up against poison oak, be careful. There is a ton on either side of the hike. Walk in single file , wear pants or watch where you are going. Watch your animals. I swear this mountain has more poison oak than anywhere I know. That being said, this hike is beautiful and enjoyable, just watch your step.

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Quintin Cooke
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Great hike. Pretty vista. Lots of bugs.

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Paul Chondropoulos
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This trail had some creeks and lots of lady bugs in a certain spot. Having lady bugs swarm you better put a smile on your face! Open places without shade and places with plenty of shade. Bring bug spray if you aren’t a fan of them because there a lot!

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Andrew Stanick
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Beautiful trail and a nice change from the usual San Diego scenery. There's a pretty good incline coming up from the Doane Pond. Lot's of wildlife and lots of shade but a little overgrown. would be a five star if it wasn't overgrown.

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Shannon Funderburk
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I've done this trail a few times along with several of the other nearby ones. It's a nice change of scenery on Palomar Mountain from the desert below. It's a shame Scott's Cabin has not survived, but the apple orchard still being cultivated is really neat.

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Erika Santamaria
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This trail was literally the most beautiful thing ever! The weather was rainy and foggy when I went which made the adventure much more fun! We saw a deer. It was just lovely I literally need say no more. The trails are a little hard to find as the signs become distant so definitely take a map and activate the GPS on this app so you don’t get lost.

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Cristy Gutierrez
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Peaceful trail with lots of trees surrounding you and cute fluffy squirrels and the sound of nature and the birds is soooo nice! I wish the actual cabin was there though ! Just a pile of logs there once you get to “Scott’s cabin” Overall great experience ! It’s at the state park so for all day it’s 10$ cash. Make sure to bring snacks and water there’s a few other trials around it but it’s really nice ethier way. You’ll catch a lot of cute wild birds surrounding you, maybe even deers ! so I recommend going. Make sure to check out all the other trails too and I promise you’ll love it. Make sure to Just enjoy the peaceful sound of nature and everything around you.

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David Palmerton
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Trail needs some attention. Starting from Doane Pond and heading up there is a large tree across the trail, which appears to have been there a while. Hiking with the kids this was a challenge. This is the section with most of the elevation gain, and drop on the way out (if you choose to return this way). Some of the erosion controls built into the trail are loose or are partially washed out, giving the impression that this trail has not seen maintenance in some time. The upper portion of the trail is quite overgrown and rutted. Once you arrive at the Scotts Cabin Site, you will be greeted by a random pile of old logs, so set your expectations accordingly.

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