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Southern California Region
Palomar Mountain State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park © Yolanda Alejandre
Palomar Mountain State Park © Yolanda Alejandre
Palomar Mountain State Park © Yolanda Alejandre
Palomar Mountain State Park © Yolanda Alejandre
19952 State Park Drive
Palomar Mountain, California   92060

Phone: 760-742-3462
Reservations: 760-742-3462
Landscape view of the mountain from the air over Palomar Mountain State Park "Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific, camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing (trout) in Doane Pond. Coniferous forests cover much of the 1,862 acres, in contrast to the dry lowlands surrounding the mountain. This is one of the few Southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere.

Cedar Grove Group Campground will be on reservations starting April 1 through the end of November and Doane Valley Campground will be on reservations starting April 1 through the end of October.
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Palomar Mountain State Park is located near Escondido, Murrieta and San Marcos

Scott?s Cabin Trail

From Silver Crest Picnic Area to Scott?s Cabin; Cedar Grove Campgroundand Boucher Lookout is a 3.5 mile loop with 800-foot elevation gainPalomar Mountain is a state park for all seasons. Fall offers dramatic color changes, and blustery winter winds ensure far-reaching views from the peaks. In spring, the dogwood blooms, and during summer, when temperatures soar, the park offers a cool, green retreat.

A mixed forest of cedar, silver fir, spruce and black oak invites a leisurely exploration. Tall trees and mountain meadows make the park especially attractive to the Southern California day hiker in search of a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere.

The discovery of bedrock mortars and artifacts in Doane Valley indicate that native peoples lived in this area of the Palomars for many hundreds of years. The mountains? pine and fir trees were cut for the construction of Mission San Luis Rey. Remote Palomar Mountain meadows were a favorite hiding place for cattle and horse thieves, who pastured their stolen animals in the high country until it was safe to sneak them across the border.

This day hike is a grande randonnee of the park, a four-trail sampler that leads to a lookout atop 5,438-foot Boucher Hill.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 27 Park is Closed by Jerry
The state of California has closed this Palomar State Park to try to balance the budget.
November 8 My favorite State Park by Lilith Dark
Always beautiful! Always see wildlife. A+
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Area Campgrounds
Lilac Oaks Campground
30821 Lilac Road
Valley Center, CA
Woods Valley Kampground
15236 Woods Valley Road
Valley Center, CA
Pechanga RV Resort
45000 Pala Road
Temecula, CA
Champagne Lakes RV Resort
8310 Nelson Way
Escondido, CA

The park is off Highway 76, up Highway S6, then left on Highway S7 at the junction near the mountaintop.


California State Parks