In normal times, some 40 inches of rainfall each year supports a wonderful forest on the slopes of Palomar Mountain, including big cone Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, live oak, black oak, coulter pine and yellow pine. Flowering trees and shrubs include western dogwood, azalea and wild lilac (both purple and white), with juncus grass, goldenrod, lupine, buttercups and penstemons in the meadow areas.
The most commonly seen wildlife in the park includes southern mule deer, western gray squirrels, raccoons and striped skunks. Predators such as gray foxes, coyotes, bobcats and even mountain lions are also present, but are not often seen. If you're a bird enthusiast, Palomar Mountain State Park is a terrific place to visit.
Doane Pond is stocked with trout and also contains bluegill, bullhead and channel catfish.
The three-quarter-mile Doane Valley Nature Trail provides a good opportunity to become familiar with many of this area’s most common trees and shrubs. During the summer guided nature walks and campfire programs also provide opportunities to learn more about the cultural and natural history of this area. For further information about the interpretive programs, contact the park staff.
A SPECIAL PLACE: NATURAL HISTORY CULTURAL HISTORY HOURS & FEES DIRECTIONS MAPS & BROCHURES HELP PROTECT THE PARK DOGS & OTHER PETS CONTACT THE PARK