Palomar Mountain Observatory Trail Guide


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The Palomar Mountain Observatory Trail is a gentle hike that offers a lot of scenery packed into a short distance. One of the only National Recreational Trails in San Diego, the hike takes you through mountain pines and cedars, offers panoramic viewpoints, and ends at the iconic Palomar Observatory, the largest in the world from 1948 to 1976. The Observatory Trail is easy to follow, not too steep, and great for families.

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7 comments

  • Do you know how (where and what time or weather conditions) people usually get views that overlook clouds from the palomar mountain hike?

  • Cool Video. Do you know the other National Rec trails in San Diego

  • Did this today. Great hike and the drive up there is awesome. One thing to note, on the way down Google Maps guided me to a different route on β€˜Nate Harrison Rd’. If you see this on your GPS take a different route if possible this road is a dirt road with barely enough room for 2 vehicles. Also a little scary due to all the gravel/rocks and the sunset from the west. Best to use a vehicle with good ground clearance and AWD. Glad I have a Crosstrek it was able to handle it like a champ.

  • Cleveland nation forest are my favorite hikesπŸ˜ƒ

  • Palomar is one of the lushest, most premier places in So Cal (California period!)!! In fact, my last hike, on 10/25, was the Doane Valley/French Valley/Weir Trail loop in the state park portion of the mountain!

  • I hiked this trail, three years TO THE DAY that you've posted it! :-))

  • πŸŽπŸ‘ Great view of the snow in the trees. Looks pretty slippery. All the best. going to check out the 360 version now. -H

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