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Palomar Mountain State Park

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Address: State Park Road, Escondido, CA
Phone Number: 760-742-3462
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5:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Description: This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.

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An oasis

This area is an oasis in the middle of the rat race of Southern California.Please be advised that is very cool at the summit and sometimes there will be snow,in winter.The state... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
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Escondido, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This area is an oasis in the middle of the rat race of Southern California.Please be advised that is very cool at the summit and sometimes there will be snow,in winter.The state park has magnificent old trees.There is still some evidence of a forest fire years ago,but a lot of undergrowth is new.The views are spectacular and birders will not... More 

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Omaha
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100 reviews 100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Get out of the city and over the hills! 6000 feet in elevation gain from the valley below. Great views. Nice and cool at the top. Steep 7+% grade so if you are riding, start training.

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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Local but feels like a getaway. Lot's of traffic due to the snow From there we went onto Lake Henshaw specifically to go the Hideout Saloon but unfortunately it was closed. Oh well, next time. Luckily I was headed back to Rincon when everyone else was headed toward the snow...don't see that too much in San Diego!!!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are lots of great little hiking trips to do at this 6000 foot elevation summit that makes you think as if you are not in San Diego anymore. From the highest observation point you can possibly see your house since you can see all the way from Riverside and Orange County to Mexico on a clear day. Bring binoculars... More 

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San Diego, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I have been coming here since childhood. It is a beautiful mountain setting not far from both the Angeles-Orange County-San Bernardino metro and San Diego. Picnicking and overnight camping are available in season. It is one of the few places in San Diego county where snow falls and gets far more rain then most of sounthern California. Deer abound. Be... More 

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I just visited for a short diversion. Got in a run on some of the nice trails in the park. Plenty of parking, $8 use fee. If you go, visit the Boucher Fire Tower which is at the highest point in the park and affords great views.

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We took a last minute trip to Palomar mountain and we were rewarded with the most amazing weekend. We stayed at the state park campsite. Even though we didn't have reservations, there were still two campsites available $30/night. We took the bike and hike site, and it was huge and private. Just a little trek from the car to the... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a crazy drive to get up to this very beautiful park. Lovely hikes and beautiful scenery. Wonderful trees!

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

My family and I loved this place! Best hike ever! We went on a Tuesday. There were not many people. The drive up was gorgeous! There was a huge picnic area. We drove around the park and followed the signs to Doane Pond, parked the car, and took the Cedar Trail to Thunder Springs. My 5 year old went to... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The overall experience was good, down side was that the pond was covered over with weeds and could not cast without becoming entangled. Ranger was not helpful but said that this is not the time to come and we do not have money to dredge. If you are going to fish not the place to go.

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