San Diego Trails: Boucher Trail

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San Diego Trails: Boucher Trail

Boucher Trail on Palomar Mountain is a truly terrific place to be at any time of the year, but it is definitely at its most outstanding in the fall. Who’d have believed that fall foliage could be such colors? It looks like the worlds gone crazy with a paint palette, and it is truly beautiful. If you visit this place around October / November time you will gaze in awe as you hike along the grassy green path between old growth oaks, cedars and firs adorned with yellows, reds, golds and oranges, but the reddest leaves of all belong to the poison oak (which isn’t a tree at all, it’s a shrub).

The Boucher Trail is only suitable for hikers, climbing up hill in around three quarters of a mile towards a fire lookout. This is a particularly beautiful part of the trail whilst the black oaks are fully golden.  When you reach the Boucher Lookout you’ll have the honor of an astonishing panoramic view, which, at around 5,438 feet means you can even see Catalina Island on the clearest of days.  Keep on going past the Boucher Lookout and cross the road to the north with even more amazing views, this time towards the mountain in the west.  There’s also a great view of Nate Harrison Grade Road, the former slave who lived there in the 1800’s raising his hogs and hay, even if he did have a few encounters with the mountain lions and bears. I’ve been reliably informed that the bears are long gone, but the mountain lions live on so do watch out.

All in all, a hike along Palmor’s Boucher Trail is great, whatever the season, but in fall it really is an even more magical experience.

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