If you're looking for a pawsome nature escape in northern San Diego County, look no further than the Palomar Mountain State Park! Situated atop the west side of Palomar Mountain, this 1,900-acre site attracts visitors with its coniferous forests, mountain meadows, and recreational opportunities. The park's average 5,000-foot elevation and mixed conifer woodlands are uncommon in southern California, and you'll feel as if you were in the Sierra Nevada instead!
The Palomar Mountain State Park contains over 11 miles of trails that weave through varied terrain. However, in order to protect and preserve the area's wildlife and habitat, four-legged visitors are asked to stay off all hiking trails. But don't worry—doggos are allowed on all paved roads, Myers Fire Road, and the trail around Doane Pond as long as they are on a 6-foot leash. What's even better is that Doane Pond is located in the Upper Doane Valley, a meadow surrounded by forest and pawhaps the most beautiful part of the Palomar Range. Enjoy the fresh air and puptacular scenery as you and your pooch go for a stroll and share a picnic by the shimmering water.
Canine park-goers are also welcome in the campgrounds; there's one for individuals and families and another for larger groups. The tree-rimmed Doane Valley Campground offers 31 family campsites, some of which are on a slight incline. If you prefer a level surface, pitch your tent in the 1-8 loop, located near the campground host. Each site is equipped with a table and fire ring, allowing you to cook up a nice camping meal before hitting the sack. Evenings in the state park are cool even during the summer, so your pooch will be sleeping like a baby! Keep in mind that your doggo must be inside your tent or vehicle when night falls. And of course, always clean up after your pup!
You and Fido are in for a pawtastic time at the Palomar Mountain State Park!