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Barker Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Jerry Schad, Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press).
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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