Palomar Mountain Overview Loop

Palomar Mountain, California

Palomar Mountain: Overview Loop Professional Review and Guide

"A variety of mountain landscapes include thick conifer forest, creekside vegetation, and a pond, making this loop a pleasant one for viewing the Palomar Mountain area. Opportunities to see wildlife are abundant—if you’re quiet and look closely."

Palomar Mountain: Overview Loop Reviews

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The previous reviewer made a big mistake by not being properly prepared for her hike. As with any hiking trip, research into an area is do your homework before setting out. The north trail head (the one you access to do this hike) is equipped with FREE trail maps just a few hundred yards beyond the parking lot trail gate entrance. Pick one up and pay attention so you don't get lost. A nice side trip on this hike is the cut-off at Bobcat Trail. On it you'll spy one of the largest oaks in Southern California. Some folks call it "The General" due to its imposing stature. It certainly warrants a salute and admiration. The norhtern portion of Daley Ranch is worth a visit and it's not as well visited as the sections near Dixon Lake. Be sure to check it out, you won't regret it. But like the Boy Scouts say, "Be Prepared".
I am a well-seasoned traveler but I have never had an experience like this. My girlfriend and I decided to take up hiking as a new year's resolution and this hike was our sixth and could have been our last! We followed the discription to get to the trail head and parked the car. It was 3 pm. In hind site, we should have brought the map from the printout. We missed the first "turn" since there were no markings. We continued for another 2 miles encountering some hikers along the way. At 4:30, while resting on a bench, asked a passing mountian biker which way is faster to the parking lot since sunset was in 15 minutes. He directed us without hesitation to keep going in the same direction. THERE ARE TWO PARKING LOTS! We ended up calling 911 at 5:10 and got rescued at 6 pm by the ranger who asked us to waive our cell phones(the only light we had)so she could spot us. The ranger said our parking lot was not safe! Please inform your members of this problem. Now, I'm a little more savvy and a lot more cautious.

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Palomar Mountain
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2.5 hours
Palomar Mountain State Park
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Jun 2018