Scheduled Hikes for 2010

  Palomar Mountain - Lower Doane Valley/Lower French Valley Loop

July 11, 2010  09:00 AM -  05:00 PM
Hike Group:  
San Diego Trail Tramps

Info. URL: 
Palomar Mountain (see bottom 1/3 of that webpage ( "The Community" ) for excellent info links!)

Palomar Mt. State Park and Palomar Observatory are located in the Cleveland National Forest, about 70 miles N/NE of San Diego.
On a clear day, you can see the Pacific Ocean and San Diego from the top of 6140' Mt. Palomar! Today, we'll cover a wide variety of terrain, including thick forests of pine, oak, fir & cedar, as well as mountain meadows filled with bracken fern and wildflowers. We'll be hiking at about the 5400' level, so be sure to bring sunscreen. After our hike, hikers are encouraged to pay a visit to the Palomar Observatory, about 7 miles away, home to the famous 200" Hale Telescope.

After car pools depart San Diego by 9:15 am., drive out to the Palomar Mountain State Park, pay the $6.00 day use fee, and meet down at the Doane Pond parking lot at 10:45 am. We'll then hike the 2.5-3 mile trail loop to the Lower Doane Valley and the Lower French Valley. Elevation loss/gain is about 300'/300' on the loop trail.

Time permitting, we may drive back up to the Silver Crest Picnic Area in the Park and hike part of the Boucher Hill Loop. It's about 2 miles round trip up to the firetower and back. There's a beautiful view from the top on a clear day, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Diego to the south.

For more detailed info. on the area, refer to "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by J.Schad, 1998 Edition, Area M-2: Palomar Mountain, Trip 4, pp.136-137, AND Trip 1, pp.131-133. Also, check out our Maps of the area for more details and directions to print out and take along.


Above: Doane Pond on Mt. Palomar, 2003