Palomar Mountain

Palomar Mountain, in northern San Diego County, California, is well known as the home of the Cal Tech Palomar Observatory

At about 6140 feet, it is one of the highest points in San Diego county.  At Boucher Lookout (in the State Park) on a clear day you can enjoy a panoramic view of almost the entire county including the City of San Diego 50 miles to the south, the Beaches, and up into Riverside County.

Palomar Mountain State Park is a favorite campground and recreation area, and includes a school camp experience for San Diego County school children.  The State Park is closed for the time being due to extensive damage from the 2007 firestorms that ravaged the area in October. 

There is also camping at several other camp grounds in the area, and several great hiking areas.