Hiking is a breeze at Palomar Mountain State Park, with over nine miles of hiking routes for visitors to try their luck at. New guests are encouraged to start with the Palomar Ridge Trail, a three-mile loop that gives visitors a full breakdown of the Park's scenery and offerings via several informative plaques.
If you're more of the outdoors type, the Mountain End Trail is a two-mile uphill adventure that terminates in some wonderful high altitude views of the adjacent mountain ranges. These trails are all stocked with garbage bins, so if you decide you would like to keep your dog on this park's network, make sure that you clean up any messes they deposit onto the ground. Leashes are required for all public areas here.
If you're looking to camp, there are over 40 sites available all of which come standard with electrical and plumbing connections in case you've come with an RV or another motorized recreational vehicle. Guests are welcome also to check out the group campsites, which can sleep up to 25 and come with room for up to four vehicles.
If you're backpacking, there's also a couple of hike-in sites that come without any amenities. Public restrooms are located just to the south of the main sites. If you decide to bring a dog along for the evening, make sure to have them on a restraint no longer than six feet. Doane Pond offers trout fishing throughout the warmer months from any of its three concrete fishing piers.
These are all stocked with benches and pole stands, in case you're looking for a little bit more of a relaxed fishing trip. Guests are encouraged to bring their gear, as well as a valid copy of the State's fishing license. Canines are welcome to come along provided they stay on a leash throughout their stay.