Eagle Crag via the Cutca Trail

View from Eagle Crag   Cutca Valley Eagle Crag is a promontory with a sheer drop of about 1,000 feet in a lonely, wild corner of the Agua Tibia Wilderness. The Cutca Trail connects the Palomar Crest, on which Eagle Crag perches, to the High Point Truck Trail that runs from Aguanga to High Point …

Nate Harrison Grade and Palomar Mountain State Park

Nate Harrison Grade is a windy fireroad that connects Palomar Mountain State Park to Highway 76. It passes through orange groves, open grassland, and burned forest before entering the park just below Boucher Hill. Palomar State Park is, of course, Palomar State Park, and it's also my favorite place in San Diego County. Distance: 6 …

Sky Islands

From the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, looking down at the Colorado Desert.Mt. San Jacinto from the Little San Bernadino Mountains above the Coachella Valley.If you take the tram up to San Jacinto Mountain, you will have the unusual experience of departing from a desert landscape and arriving in a subalpine, mixed-conifer forest. The mixed-conifer …

Love Valley

Love Valley sits in a tiny recess on the southern flank of Palomar Mountain. Less Palomar-ish and more like some of the broad valley/grasslands you would find at Santa Rosa or Daley Ranch, this tiny open space features three varieties of oak, views of Lake Henshaw, the Volcan Mountains, and Hot Springs Mountains. Oh, and …

Agua Tibia Mountain

Agua Tibia Mountain and its encompassing wilderness lies on the northwest extremity of the Palomar Mountains. This remote and unspoiled preserve presents some of the wildest and most remote landscapes in all of San Diego County.Distance: 20.8 MilesElevation Gained: 4,100'Difficulty: MasochisticTime: 8:40Critters: Rabbits, quail, hawksAgua Tibia Loophttp://www.everytrail.com/swf/widget.swfEveryTrail - Find the best Hiking in Californiahttp://www.everytrail.com/trip/widgetimpression?trip_id=2040221Get there …