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Palomar Mountain State Park is one of the CA parks slated for temporary closure (Nov. 30) due to budget cuts.  So, I decided to take the opportunity to revisit the park one last time for a fall hike.  The drive takes about 90 minutes from northern San Diego.  I reached the park entrance and paid the $8 entrance fee and parked at the Silvercrest parking lot and began my hike around 10:30am.  My new REI mini temperature reader said high 50s-low 60s.  My plan was to do a combination of trails that would create a loop around the park, but the Scott Cabin trail, which is where I wanted to begin, was closed due to logging.  So I started going down on the Boucher Trail.  The beginning portion towards the lookout is rather nice, but then afterwars it becomes uninspiring due to the dead trees and rugged brush. 

 

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Inspiring Boucher Trail

 

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Uninspiring Boucher Trail

 

After passing Cedar Grove campground and hiking through Doane Valley meadow, I stopped for lunch at the Doane Valley Campground.  Several camping sites were taken, but it wasn’t completely full.  Whenever I come here it never seems to be crowded like Cuyamaca State Park.  After my lunch break I headed towards the Upper Doane Valley Trail and Thunder Spring Trail, but those unfortunately were also closed due to logging.  Thus, my plan for a loop ended up being an out-and-back hike.  That meant hiking up steep trails after lunch!  I returned to the lot around 2pm after covering about 8-9 miles.  Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend hiking here as the dead trees are depressing.  Instead, I would go to the Laguna Mountains.  But the drive to the observatory and overlooking Lake Henshaw is rather impressive.

 

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