Doane Valley Nature Trail

Palomar Mountain State Park, California

Elevation Gain514ft
Trailhead Elevation4,670ft
Elevation Min/Max4552/4687ft
Elevation Start/End4670/4670ft

Doane Valley Nature Trail

Doane Valley Nature Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Doane Valley Natural Preserve and Palomar Mountain State Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 4,670 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 514 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Weir Trail and Lower Doane Trail.

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101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad and David Money Harris
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"This is a hike for inspiration. Here, at Palomar Mountain State Park, you’ll find some of Southern California’s finest montane scenery, complete with trickling streams, rolling meadows, and mixed forests of pine, cedar, and oak. The long, stomachchurning drive up the mountain’s slopes is well worth the trouble once you get out of the car and start breathing in Palomar’s sweet, tangy air."
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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"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 arid mountain ranges of far Southern California. You may be able to obtain from the park office a leaflet describing the different types of trees and shrubs seen along the route. Along shady Doane Creek, you’ll discover creek dogwood, wild strawberry, mountain currant, and Sierra gooseberry. At one point, the brochure calls attention to a massive incense cedar towering well over 100 feet. If you weren’t educated to its true identity, you might think it was a giant sequoia redwood tree."

Doane Valley Nature Trail Trip Reports

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Great Trail, the waterfalls were really cool. We tool the Dead Horse Trail to the first set of falls. To see the second you must return back to the main trail and follow for 1/2 mile to the dam.

Trail Information

Palomar Mountain State Park
Nearby City
Palomar Mountain State Park
Palomar Mountain State Park
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USGS 7.5-minute Boucher Hill
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