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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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7:00 am - 9:00 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
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This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.

This park's Sierra-Nevada like atmosphere is unique in Southern California.

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Beautiful State Park!

We are from North Carolina and were not familiar with the location of Palomar Observatory and State Park, We discovered it quite by accident while staying in the area, The drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
DebMurphy57
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Clayton, North Carolina
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Clayton, North Carolina
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are from North Carolina and were not familiar with the location of Palomar Observatory and State Park, We discovered it quite by accident while staying in the area, The drive up is awesome and the views along the one lane roads in the park are almost thrill seeking! The wild flowers were in bloom and so pretty and the... More 

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Southern California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a winding road getting there but worth the trip. Be sure to take the tour. It's very informative.

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Vancouver, Canada
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

This is an outstanding State park sitting high up in the Palomar mountains, with an amazing drive up to it. The south grade road is a spectacular, winding road where motorcycles and sports car whiz up at full throttle. Superb! Nice, moderate hikes in the park with many Jeffrey Pine, Coulter Pine, White Fir, Douglas Fir, Black Oak and White... More 

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Fallbrook, California
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91 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

The Palomar Mountain California State Park is a very quiet and beautiful place to visit. The trails are generally empty of people (unless it's a weekend or Summer), and the air is very clean. Facilities are not the cleanest, particularly in the campgrounds. Trails vary in difficulty.

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Oceanside, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

About an hour's drive from most places in San Diego. Tall, cool pines in a mountain top setting. Incredible views from San Clemente to San Ysidro and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Great to hike, camp or picnic.

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Toronto
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Easy drive from San Diego. Beautiful views on the way up and a variety of trails and views within the park itself. Combine with a trip to nearby Mount Palomar Observatory.

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San Diego, California
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

PMSP has amazing trails. The landscape is so different than most of SoCal. I cannot wait to go back. I hikes the Doane Valley, French Valley, and Weir trails. Rolling hills, big pines, relaxing babbling creek, and wildlife abundant. I saw many species of birds, deer, and reptiles. Such a great escape and I cannot recommend it enough. TIPS: Bring... More 

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Chili Center, New York, United States
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

what a beautiful drive...great view. My husband and I had a great time driving up this mountain to check out the observatory.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

This place has incredible panoramic views especially at the fire lookout. We could see for miles and miles! Also Doane Pond is a great place to relax and eat lunch. Don't drive a round in a car as you lose the greatest opportunity to hike some beautiful trails.

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Chandler, Arizona
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

It was about 55 miles from Welks Resort where we stayed in Escondido. Crawling up the mountain was pretty curvy but a beautiful ride. We did encounter snow when we got up there in January. There were people on the trails even in the snow. It was worth the ride!

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