Palomar State Park, Autumn Edition

Panorama looking south from the crest of Palomar MountainDistance: 2-3 MilesElevation Gained: Minimal - there are only a few brief moments of climbingDifficulty: EasyCritters: 1 DeerDirections to the Doane Pond Parking LotDetailsCedar and White Fir forest along the Doane Valley Nature TrailI came to Palomar Mountain for the first time with Kelly on January 1st …

Observatory Trail, Palomar Mountain

Distance: 4.5 Miles (There-and-Back)Elevation Gained: 750'Difficulty: ModerateCritters: A deer; a flock of quailDirections: Drive to this spotNote: You may need to pay a fee or have an adventure pass to hike here. Furthermore, this campground shuts down in the winter, so you may be forced to start the hike at the Observatory instead of the …

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