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Aerial view of Palomar Mountain State Park
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Aerial view of Palomar Mountain State Park
Description - Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific, camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing (trout) in Doane Pond. This is one of the few southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere. East of the park is the world-famous Palomar Observatory.

Attractions - Palomar Mountain State Park features spectacular views of the Pacific, camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing(trout) in Doane Pond. Coniferous forests cover much of the 1,897, in contrast to the dry lowlands surrounding
the mountain. This is one of the few southern California areas with a Sierra Nevada-like atmosphere. East of the park is the world-famous Palomar Observatory.

Recreation - The Palomar Mountain State Park offers hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing and camping. For camping reservations contact the parks department.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.

Location - The park is off Highway 76, up Highway S6, then left on Highway S7 at the junction near the mountaintop

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Filed By: Pablo Picaso
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Palomar Mountain State Park was a great trip, probably because it was mid March.The area had just had a storm, and the weather had cleared , which made for a nice drive.Only downside was a lot of street bikes (motorcycles) racing up the mountain .Overall, a very senic pleasant drive,with the mountain flowers blooming at the beginning of our ascent.When we reached the summit of State Hwy 6 and State Hwy 7,we stopped briefly to get supplies before heading off to the Park.The small store was quaint and charming,with interesting gifts, and souveniers.The parking lot was like a raceway with all the bikers clad in their leather,boots and helmuts.We were greeted by the Park ranger as we entered the gate.He was very helpful in allowing us to choose our campsite.We selected one that was close to the restrooms and shower,because of the kids being with us this trip.The site had piped water(our very own-just a few steps away).The grounds were clean and free of litter,with a lot scattered pine needles(lots of pine trees),and lots of small rocks and twigs(bring a rake and a ground tarp).The cleared site for our tent was fairly level,and the fact that there was a small elevated food storge locker(wood with locking hasp) along with the fire ring and bbq was a nice bonus!Very pleasant,with the exception of a few late arrivals (11:00 pm-1:00 am), but that was overlooked after a good night's sleep and breakfast.The restrooms and shower facilities were some of the nicest and cleanest I have come across in my many years of outings.We then took a walk on the Boucher loop trail where the kids and I got to see 5 deer,1 racoon,various sqirrels,rabbits,birds,and other wildlife.A great day hike.The children also enjoyed the fishing in Doane Pond.In all, a Great Trip for Late-Winter through Late Spring).After that , a good chance of hot days and lots o' bugs.The side-trip to the Palomar Mountain Observatory is neat,easy and has nice vistas of San Gabriel/Angeles,San Bernadino Mountains.There were other campgrounds,that had not opened yet,(Fry Creek-more desirable trees-Observatory-less desirable pretty exsposed)which would provide an option in the event the State Park fills up fast.Worth the efort!

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ICON Camping Family campsites and a group site available.

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Colorado Desert Montane Sector Headquarters, 12551 Hwy 79 , Descanso, Ca, 91916, Phone: 760-765-0755, Fax: 760-765-3021

Additional Information:
San Diego County State Parks and Beaches - The sandstone bluffs, gentle surf, and wide, sandy beaches of San Diego County offer great recreation to all visitors. The region features three state parks, seven state beaches, two state historic parks, and one state reserve.
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