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Best trails in Palomar Mountain

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Explore the most popular trails near Palomar Mountain with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Palomar Mountain
Top trails (3)
#1 - Boucher Trail and Palomar Mountain Loop
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 10.1 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 area, an observation deck, restroom and water. Boucher Trail picks up again on the other side of the lookout tower (trail marked) and heads downhill for quite a ways. Be warned that what goes down must eventually come up. The trail ends at Nate Harrison Grade Road. Across the road you'll see Adams Trail. An alternative to Nate Harrison Grade road would be to take Boucher Road from the lookout tower. This would cut out a significant part of Boucher trail but would mean less uphill walking on the way back. Show more
#2 - Boucher Trail, Thunder Spring, Silvercrest Trail
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Please note you may encounter rattle snakes on this trail. Show more
#3 - Cedar Trail, Weir Trail, Lower Doane Trail Loop
Doane Valley Natural Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m