Camping at Mt Palomar

Mt Palomar is a great place to go camping. It has forests and trails for hiking and it's National forest land so dogs are welcome.

Science buffs and families are drawn to Observatory Campground for its proximity to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomy research operated by the California Institute of Technology. Just two miles from the observatory, the campground provides visitors with a unique learning experience in the great outdoors. The facility offers a variety of amenities for both tent and RV camping. Hiking, biking and picnicking can be found nearby.

The campground sits at an elevation of 4,800 feet in the Palomar Mountains of Southern California. The site is forested with pine and oak trees, though several sites have been cleared to allow campers a wide view of the night sky.

Information on the campground: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=47560&actid=29

I have reserved site 13 for the weekend.  There are several trails in the area for hiking or mountain biking or just hanging out and relaxing at the campsite.

Campsites are 15$ a night and can hold 8 people.

It is a 2 mile hike to the Observatory and a few more miles to High Point fire lookout.

From San Diego: 15 North to the 76 turn Right(east) at South Grade Rd(Co Highway6) turn Left and go up the mountain. At the main junction in town turn Left(Candfield Rd) and xontinue to the campground on your RHS

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  • Krittergrl

    I really enjoyed meeting those that attended. Unfortunately, we didn't stay the night but we still had a great time hiking with the dogs and exploring the area. Thank you for organizing this event!!!

    September 10, 2012

  • leanne

    actually a nice campgound, nice camphost which makes it nice for the dogs. Had a great time relaxing and visiting with everyone. Thanks Carol for letting us invade for a campfire. :)

    September 9, 2012

  • Karen

    Was very nice, enjoyed the other members and their dogs

    September 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful spot, very dog friendly. The have it in the rules that dogs must be leashed but several people let their dogs run free as long as they were friendly and the camp host didn't mind.

    September 8, 2012

  • Krittergrl

    I ended up having to work on Friday, we are heading up right now (Sat morning). Hope to see you all there!

    September 8, 2012

  • deanna

    I'm so sorry, but we can't make it. We couldn't make it out of San Diego in time due to work. Have fun!

    September 7, 2012

  • Scout

    Leanne, complications with the bank/title company have me tied up this afternoon. What time is the hike tomorrow? Scout and I should be able to make that. -dave

    September 7, 2012

  • marc

    spent too much time installing a new roof carrier so be there in the morning

    September 7, 2012

  • leanne

    as of right now campfires are ok. if we have any wind then that may change.

    1 · September 5, 2012

  • Karen

    Has anyone checked to see if campfires are being allowed ?

    September 5, 2012

  • marc

    im off on friday and going up early before check out time to hang out

    September 5, 2012

  • leanne

    @Karen, good to know we should be able to get everyone in all our sites. people should plan on splitting the costs of shared sites. :)

    1 · August 18, 2012

    • Karen

      Oh Leanne, I feel bad, I didn't see your comment until today ! We are happy to share the site ! The sites hold 8 and there will be only 3 of us.

      September 4, 2012

  • Krittergrl

    ...also, I took Friday off of work, any one else heading there on Friday?

    September 4, 2012

  • Krittergrl

    Hi there, I'd be interested in splitting fees for a site...is there room for one more?

    September 4, 2012

  • leanne

    Hey Scout I am sure we can fit you guys in somewhere :)

    1 · September 3, 2012

    • Scout

      Thanks! Really appreciate it. We'll look for you at site 13. Charlotte is out of town for the weekend, so it's just Scout and me (Dave).

      September 4, 2012

  • leanne

    Hi Kevin, I think we have enough space for you guys to squeeze in :)

    August 28, 2012

  • Kim D

    Hi Leanne,
    Site #8
    :)

    1 · August 18, 2012

  • Karen

    site 11

    August 17, 2012

  • leanne

    anybody else besides Marc and I with sites?

    August 17, 2012

  • Kim D

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­
    A video a the campground!

    August 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Leanne, Can I ask what is the age group of this group camping? I'm thinking about coming up on Saturday just to hike as well.

    August 6, 2012

    • leanne

      well we are all over the time continuum and one never knows who will join in. I am open to anyone joinming in even kids as long as they like dogs. Hiking time will be decided upon a little closer to the event though. But I like early am as opposed to afternoon.

      August 6, 2012

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