Palomar Mountain State Park, Escondido

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  • Drove out for day while staying in Carlsbad. Interesting drive up mountain to park, switchbacks as you climb from 2000 to 5000 feet. I’m from zero in Florida, so very exciting. The vegetation changes ...  more »
  • We spent a leisurely afternoon at this small park that sits at about 5,200 ft. in elevation. We enjoyed a 3-mile loop hike on a trail that gently descended and rose back up to arrive at a fire lookout...  more »
  • The views from the ridges, road and the Historic Boucher Fire Lookout are outstanding.There are a handful of short hikes over easy terrain for the whole family. (Most viewpoints are accessible by car ...  more »
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  • Beautiful scenic trails and vistas! Clean bathrooms. Helpful rangers. Trail maps available. Plan to spend several hours exploring. We will definitely return. Places of interest: Doane Pond The Weir (be careful--slippery rocks!) Campground Overlooks on the drive up with scenic views of the valley below
  • Diamond in the rough, about an hour and a half from San Diego, 3 hours from LA. A state Park next to Cleveland National Forrest. Great Hiking trails, Creeks and a Pond. Fishing available but hit or miss. Wildlife includes bobcats, deer, foxes, Hawks, grey squirrels, mountain lions but they keep to themselves and sightings are rare. If you are lucky some colorful snakes. Great Views of the Coronado Island, Catalina, and on occasion San Clemente. When it says chains required, they mean it, if the Ranger is at the state park they will turn you back. Be Careful if you come up in the snow it melts and freezes at night. Just before the ranger station at night it turns into a sheet about 100 feet long of black Ice. The truck in the picture was lucky enough to hit the only stump for a while so be careful.
  • So a few things you should know before planning a trip here. There’s literally nothing to do at this campsite if you have dogs, which makes no sense because the only reason you go camping in the middle of no where is to be able to bring a dog. There’s one trail you can go on without getting a fine and it’s mediocre at best for all the driving you need to do to get up to the site. They don’t warn you until you have arrived that the squirrels all have the plague appearantly which would have factored in greatly to my decision on whether or not to take my dogs as well. They do not let you bring your own wood to the campsite and then they charge you $6 for a bundle with 4 logs in it which is nothing. You will spend $50 on wood if you’re staying a few days. Don’t plan on being able to buy anything because the one store there is extremely overpriced and the cashier is the most rude person working in customer service I have ever encountered for someone who probably gets little to no business anyways. All in all I would not go back again especially not with pets. Please notice how all the good reviews are from accounts considered “local guides” so they are receiving compensation for their good reviews to not make this place seem terrible.
  • Nice park to hike. This is a state park so if you have $200 annual pass you can park inside everywhere on parking spots of course. And do one of the nice trails that the park can offer. Went there on falls the scenic was wonderfull and temperature very nice. If you like to observe animals here are few mountains lions but didn't see any. Saw few turkey instead.
  • Beautiful place to enjoy nature! Only an hour from Escondido or Temecula. Lots of trails to discover and hike. Incredible view from Boucher tower area!
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