Palomar Mountain State Park

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One of the special features of the park is the Boucher Hill Summit (pronounced "boo-ker" or "booker"). The peak has been listed in the Sierra Club's "Hundred Peak Section" since it was first published in 1946.

Just getting to the top a pleasure, and once you arrive you can enjoy spectacular views and study the fascinating historical fire lookout.

There are two ways to get to the summit:

Boucher Trail  The trailhead is a short walk from the Silvercrest parking lot, at the junction of five roads. The trail inclines gently uphill along the ridge of Boucher Hill, taking you through grass, bracken fern and stands of oak.


After about 3/4 of a mile you'll reach the lookout area. You may continue along Boucher Trail for another 1/2 mile to Nate Harrison Grade. This upper portion is much more open and sunny than the lower portion, and provides continuous views to the west.

Boucher Hill Scenic Drive  The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) developed this road as a scenic drive up to the lookout. This one-way loop begins next to the trailhead.


Once you reach the summit, take time to stop and walk out to the view deck, which is also wheelchair accessible. To the southwest, over 4,500 feet below you, lies the verdant Pauma Valley. Equally stunning sights greet you to the north, west, and southeast:   Santiago Peak to the northwest, Cuyamaca Peak to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean, including the Coronado Islands.




The dramatic views also make this an excellent spot for the Boucher Hill Fire Lookout and communications towers and dishes.