Palomar Mountain State Park, Escondido

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  • 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 »
  • Palomar is beautiful all year long but, Fall is the best time to visit. This year we decided to go during their apple festival and I'm so glad we did! Palomar's apple festival was small enough to be t...  more »
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  • The park has some excellent hiking/running trails. A few of the trails needed some bushwacking to get through. The drive up/down the mountain alone is worth it!
  • Great hiking, well maintained facilities, and trails. This area is populated with many old growth oak trees, sparse undergrowth, and wide trails. There is very moderate elevation change, and plenty of comfortable places to rest, making all of the trails moderately easy, and the scenery spectacular. The trails are fairly well marked, but there are some areas that could use some more signage, so carrying a trail map is a good idea.
  • $30 to pitch a tent sounds fair, right? No it doesn't. The only reason I would ever come back is to see that gorgeous park ranger again. This woman is totally stunning. She was all decked out in the tactical gear, completely overkill but she looked soo hot doing it. Blonde, about 6ft, with eyes to melt your soul. I love it here!
  • I freakin' love this campground. Best in SoCal, imho.
  • This is a cute little place to visit in Kit Carson Park. The mosaics are bright and beautiful. This would be a fun place for children to run around in. The circle is in an area where you can hike and it was a good little place to visit. Check the hours before going. Te circle is only open a few times a week.

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