Barker Valley Trail

Oak Grove, California

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A cool current caressed my feet, erasing the memory of several long, hot miles on the trail. Sunlight scattered among a thousand fluttering leaves, and a tiny sliver of new moon glowed softly in a blue wedge of sky overhead. Water skaters flitted nervously on the rippled surface of the pool, casting fleeting shadows on a trio of small fish feeding on the bottom. Even in the warm month of July, with the creek ebbing, Barker Valley could still be delightful.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

A cool current caressed my feet, erasing the memory of several long, hot miles on the trail. Sunlight scattered among a thousand fluttering leaves, and a tiny sliver of new moon glowed softly in a blue wedge of sky overhead. Water skaters flitted nervously on the rippled surface of the pool, casting fleeting shadows on a trio of small fish feeding on the bottom. Even in the warm month of July, with the creek ebbing, Barker Valley could still be delightful.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oak Grove
Length: 6.2
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: October through July
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Palomar Observatory
Topo Map: Barker Valley Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot & Afield: San Diego County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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7/4/2012

It takes a lot of effort to get to the trailhead at the Barker Valley Trail - but it was a fun road to drive the 7.8 miles on. The trail is fairly straightforward - it descends into to Barker Valley with the best views being about a quarter of the way into the hike. Across to the next ridge line, you can see the Palomar Observatory. The best part of this hike is at the halfway point. There are some great places to pitch a camp among the oak trees.

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