San Jose, California
San Diego County
The beautiful forest and mountain meadows of Palomar Mountain State Park are in northern San Diego County
on the west side of Palomar Mountain. Coniferous forests cover much of the 1,862 acres, in contrast to the dry lowlands
surrounding the mountain Some 40 inches of rainfall each year supports a wonderful forest on the slopes of Palomar Mountain,
including big cone Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, live oak, black oak, coulter pine and yellow pine. Flowering trees
and shrubs include western dogwood, azalea and wild lilac (both purple and white), with juncus grass, goldenrod, lupine,
buttercups and penstemons in the meadow areas. This is one of the few Southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like
atmosphere. Elevation within the park averages 5,000 feet above sea level. A number of vista points offer sweeping panoramic
views both westerly toward the ocean and inland toward the desert.
Directions: Take US 101 South to Gilroy, exit 10th St. / CA 152 East. Take 152 East to I-5 South (approximately 41 miles).
Take I-5 South to Los Angeles (approximately 289 miles). Take Exit 114B / Riverside to Ca-91 East. Go 26.5 miles to I-15 south
to San Diego. Go 38.5 miles on I-15. Just past Temecula take the Indio exit. Bear left on Hwy 79 (CA-79) for less than a mile.
Turn right on Pechanga Pkwy (CR-S16 S). Continue for 9 miles. Turn left on Pala Mission Rd (CR-S16 S) and go half a mile. Turn
left on CA-76 and go 13.8 miles. Continue on S Grade Rd (CR-S6) for another 6.8 miles. Turn left on Canfield Rd. (CR-S6). Turn
left on State Park Rd. and go approximately 3 miles to the park entrance. Bear right to Cedar Grove Group campsites. We have
reserved both #2 and #3 group sites.
DRIVE TIME: 7 Hours 30 minutes, Park Entrance Fee $20.00. Dogs NOT allowed on trails.
FRIDAY: 12 NOON, LEVEL:2, MILES: 3.5, ELEVATION: 800 ft., HOSTS: ANNA & LINDA
Friday's hike will take us to a lookout atop 5,438-foot Boucher Hill.
SATURDAY: 9:00 A.M., LEVEL:2, MILES: 6, ELEVATION: 400 ft., HOSTS: ANNA & LINDA
Saturday will take us through the Doane Valley Natural Preserve.
SUNDAY..., WHENEVER..., LEVEL: 2.5, MILES: 4, ELEVATION: 900 ft., HOSTS: ANNA & LINDA
Sunday don't miss a trip up to view the world famous Palomar Mountain Observatory.
This is a campout. Even though it is in Southern California, the elevation lends itself to cooler temperatures. Snow is not uncommon in the winter months. Remember though, Winter doesn't start until December. Still bring plenty of winter clothes. You will want plenty of food and water. We will be arranging to rent 2 vans; 1 passenger & 1 cargo. Space is limited. Contact Anna J at (408) 806-7675 for more details..