Palomar Mountain State Park, Palomar Mountain

#221 of 610 in Nature in California
State Park · Nature / Park
Created in 1933, Palomar Mountain State Park is located atop Palomar Mountain in San Diego, California. The Park consists of 1862 acres of pine and oak forests and various mountain meadows. There are over 14 miles of hiking trails within the Park, including breathtaking views to Downtown San Diego and San Clemente Island. The Park also boasts a variety of wildlife that feel at home at 5000 foot elevations.
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  • We had an amazing time at Palomar Mountain. We decided to explore the mountain a little bit until we saw the signs about mountain lions and my kids decided that they had seen enough LOL. The view was....  more »
  • Beautiful views and a very nice trails. Facilities are good. Family friendly hiking trails. Daily parking needs to be paid for day use.  more »
  • Windy roads, massive trees, hidden valleys, picturesque vistas, multiple campgrounds and a network of trails make this mountain range a great adventure for the fit hiker or relaxing camper. The summer temperatures are 10-15 degrees cooler than at lower elevations and the giant trees provide ample shade. Make sure your car is properly hydrated and you backseat passengers are not prone to car sickness because it's a steep and winding road.
  • We chose this as a last minute day hike spot on a hot day. We drove for about an hour from San Diego. It was totally worth it. Need to pay 10$ per vehicle. The staff at the visitor center suggested a loop when we them we had about two hours. The loop was 5+ mile. Very little elevation change (less than 500ft) and was amazing. We got what we had wanted. A nice shade cover for most of the loop and a walk in the forest kinda trail. Highly recommend this for summers to beat the heat.

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