FLASH! Palomar Mountain State Park is going to remain open. While we can still do it, we'll be hiking a popular four-mile loop on the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flats trails. The trails are mostly shaded. I've led this hike before, most recently in 2004. (Has it been that long?)
According to Schad, we'll see a number of things, including the best views in the park, an old grave, and the remains of Scotty's cabin. Unfortunately, Scotty's cabin has almost completely disappeared, but the other things are still there.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the trails in state parks.
There is a user fee payable when you enter the park, so car pooling is recommended. There is a discount for seniors (62 or older).
We'll start at the Doane Pond parking area (N 33 20.49 W 116 54.08). It's near the campgrounds. Just follow the signs.
SUGGESTED ROUTE FROM SAN DIEGO: Take I-15 north and State Highway 76 east. Go about 20 miles, and turn north onto South Grade Road, also known as County Highway S6. At the top of the mountain, turn left and then left again onto County Highway S7, which leads directly to Palomar Mountain State Park (Thomas 409 G6). Follow the signs to Doane Pond, and park in the day use parking lot near the pond. The distance from San Diego is 85 miles and the estimated driving time is two hours.
The nominal starting time is 10:00 AM. The hike leader will be at the parking area by 9:30, and at 10:15 we will hit the trail.
Wear good hiking shoes and suitable layered clothing and take water, lunch, and sun protection. Take a camera if you wish. You may want to call 858-675-8706 for the latest weather information.
Heavy rain will cancel the hike.