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GOSD Palomar Mountain Day Hike
10:00 am October 20, 2019
You're invited to join us for the Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Palomar Mountain Day Hike. It’s located in the Palomar Mountain State Park, a gem of a small State Park here in San Diego County. With an average elevation of 5000 feet, this three square mile park has some of the best mountain scenery in the county. White fir and incense cedar trees, normally found much farther north in the Sierras are abundant here. The California Black and Valley Oaks should be in their full autumn colors. The weather may require a jacket in the morning but should warm up into the 70’s in the afternoon. Rain is highly unlikely in October. Dogs are not permitted on this hike.
Doane Pond Palomar Mountain
Expect a 1.5 to 2 hour drive time from San Diego. You will first need to reach Highway 76 north of San Diego by driving north of San Diego on the I-15 and taking Exit 46 to CA-76 E. At Pala Mesa head east towards Palomar Mountain.
For a slightly shorter route, drive north on the I-15 and take exit 27 for Via Rancho Parkway. Follows signs to SD Wild Animal/Safari Park. Stay in the two right lanes and turn right onto E. Via Rancho Parkway. Continue onto Bear Valley Parkway for 5.8 miles. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto E. Valley Parkway. Continue onto Valley Center Road and drive 13.8 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit to CA-76 E.
From CA-76 E, take a slight left onto S Grade Rd/Palomar Mountain Rd. After 6.7 winding miles, turn left onto S Grade Road then another quick left onto State Park Road. Drive about 2.6 miles to the State Park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle, so carpooling is highly encouraged. A California States Park Annual Pass will also get you in. If you're using GoogleMaps or MapQuest, the park's physical address is: 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060.
Once inside the park, follow the signs to our meeting spot at the Doane Pond Parking lot. Please plan to arrive before 10:00 am, as we will leave for our hike at 10:00.
Autumn Leaves Palomar Mountain
Hike Description (total distance 7.8 miles)
We will be hiking two loop trails both starting at Doane Pond. In the morning we will hike the Lower Doane Valley and Lower French Valley Trails. This loop is rated moderate, 3.8 miles in distance, and should take about two hours. Highlights will include the Historic Weir Site on the Pauma Creek and a beautiful alpine meadow. The loop ends in the Doane Valley Campground, a short distance from the pond. We will have lunch at one of the picnic tables beside the pond.
In the afternoon we will hike the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat loop. This is rated moderate, about four miles, and should take another two hours. On this loop we will pass a historic apple orchard and large incense cedar grove. We should be done with the hike and back to the parking lot by 4:00 pm.
As with all hikes, please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and your 10 essentials. For this hike, you’ll also want to bring lunch and warm clothes for the morning, and lunch and snacks. Mobile phone reception is limited in the Palomar Mountain State Park. Maps are available at the Park entrance.
For any questions about this hike, please contact the hike leader, Mark McCabe.
807 W Washington Street
(Corner W. .Washington & Falcon St.) San Diego, CA 92103
PARKINGFree parking behind restaurant (Parking lot entrance off Falcon St.)
The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can reserve the right number of seats at the restaurant.
We hope to see you then!
GOSD Core Group
This trip is in the planning stages. For further information, contact:
OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE EDUCATION
Save these dates - Details and additional information being developed. Watch for email announcement.
DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I
In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information. Also a good refresher for hike leaders. Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification.
TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II
One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.
Create a new trip or update a former trip
Develop a trip budget.
Create a detailed trip description
Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary
Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions
Lead your trip
We will start at 8:30 am and go to 4:30 pm with a lunch break. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea, water provided.
What to bring: Your day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing- be prepared for cooler temperatures at night. No cell service or WiFi.
Tent camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve. No RV's.
Attached is the Hike Leader Manual and a link to view it in Google Docs
SECTION I. DAY HIKE LEADER REV 2019 May 1(2).pdf
You are encouraged to review the manual ahead of time. You will be provided a copy of the manual along with additional documents and information contained in a note binder.
Contact: Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here
Join the Great Outdoors for a weekend at the lake.
This is an all chapter Jamboree sponsored by Great Outdoors Corporate.
Save the dates, this is a trip with a variety of activities for all.
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