Observatory Trail

Palomar Mountain, California

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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 why not make it easy and have someone drop you off at Palomar Observatory and meet you later down at Observatory Campground? There are only 2 miles of paved road in between the two trailheads.

Observatory Trail Professional Review and 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 why not make it easy and have someone drop you off at Palomar Observatory and meet you later down at Observatory Campground? There are only 2 miles of paved road in between the two trailheads."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Palomar Mountain
Distance: 2.2
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: All year
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Palomar Observatory, Boucher Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to Observatory Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/17/2010
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my wife and I took our energetic 4 year old on her 1st hike and I must admit it was a little challenging for a 4 year old but she did it. It was a total of 4.4 miles roundtrip if you park at the campground and walk up. I wouldn't suggest this for someones 1st hike, too hilly.



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May 2018