Palomar Mountain, CA Trails and Parks

Palomar Mountain has 13 trails in the vicinity, including 12 hiking trails and 1 for campgrounds. These trails range from 1 to 13 miles in length. The most popular trails are Doane Valley Campground, Oak Grove to High Point Trail and Thunder Spring & Chimney Flats Loop Trail. Trails.com member Scott H. recently completed Doane Valley Campground.
  • Doane Valley CampgroundView Trail Details

    5 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Campgrounds  
    •  Guide

    Palomar means “place of the pigeons,” and Palomar Mountain feels so Mediterranean, you’ll think you’re in Italy. There’s a sense of tradition ...

  • Lower Doane Valley & Lower French Valley TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Unquestionably, the best time of day to make this hike is during the first two hours of daylight. In the early morning light, long shadows from ...

  • Palomar Mountain: Overview LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    A variety of mountain landscapes include thick conifer forest, creekside vegetation, and a pond, making this loop a pleasant one for viewing ...

  • Oak Grove to High Point TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  7 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    How’s this for a climb of Palomar Mountain from bottom to top? Start at Oak Grove, along the east base of the mountain, and climb steadily up ...

  • Observatory TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Observatory Trail is one of only four National Recreation trails in San Diego County. You can walk it uphill, downhill, or both ways; but ...

  • Palomar Mountain: Observatory TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    If you’re looking for woodland splendor and quietude, you’ll get instant gratification here. Just a few steps from the trailhead, a dense oak-and-conifer ...

  • Palomar Mountain Observatory TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike to Palomar Observatory along the trail from Observatory Campground is best taken in the spring when wildflowers are in full bloom. The ...

  • Palomar Mountain: Fry Creek Campground TrailView Trail Details

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    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1.25 miles
    •  Guide

    Fry Creek Trail is a quick mountain hike that leaves the rat-race behind. This trail offers a deep-in-the-woods feel even though it is easy and ...

  • Fry Creek to Doane Valley TrailView Trail Details

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    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This short, almost beeline cross-country route serves as direct connection for hikers who may want to travel between the Fry Creek/Observatory ...

  • Fry Creek TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    As of this writing, the formerly beautiful Fry Creek Trail was sorely neglected and difficult to follow. Nonetheless, the trail may return to ...

  • Doane Valley Nature TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  .5 hour
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a trail for inspiration. Here is the Palomar forest at its best, complete with a trickling stream that seems out of place amid the generally ...

  • Thunder Spring & Chimney Flats Loop TrailView Trail Details

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    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop has a little of everything—a walk along a stream-edged meadow; a passage through a canopy of western azaleas (relatively rare in San ...

  • Scott’s Cabin & Boucher Hill Loop TrailView Trail Details

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    Palomar Mountain, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Like most hikes on Palomar Mountain, this one is at its very best during spring and fall, especially between April and May and October and November. ...