Palomar Mountain State Park
This park is located in beautiful Big Sur along the world famous Hwy 1, a coastal road with magnificent views of the ocean. The park is on the western slope of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The nearest city is Carmel-by-the-sea which is 26 miles north of the park.
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a park that has it all, well almost everything it doesn't have beach access. If you feel the need to getting your feet wet, walk on over to the Big Sur River that runs through the park. During summer this river is filled with children and adults splashing, and relaxing in the cold water. The river portion that runs through the park does not offer a lot of swimming opportunities since it is not deep enough. The current however is strong enough to take you and your inflatable tube on a relaxing ride.
ADDRESS/DIRECTIONS: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sure, CA 93920
The park is located on Hwy 1 near Mile marker 47.2. It is 26 miles south of Carmel.
ADMISSION: $10 per car, per day. Check website for more updated prices
HOURS OF OPERATIONS: The park is open half hour before sunrise and closes half hour after sunset. The Kiosk opens at 8:00 am.
AMENITIES: Campground, general store, group campground, Accessible trail and other features, campground hike & bike, laundry, picnic area, parking for day use, restrooms, RV sanitation station and shows. There is also Big Sur Lodge and restaurant as well as cabins for rent.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Check out the redwood trees and the river. The park is becoming more popular, if you wish to camp I highly recommended that you reserve a campsite through www.reservecalifornia.com
BEST TIME TO GO: Anytime.
-There are no gas stations on Palomar Mountain
-The road up to Palomar Mountain is often used by bikers. The road is very curvy make sure you look out for the bikers.
-Mobile device reception is spotty.
-Bring cash there is no ATM on the mountain
-There is poison oak and stinging nettle along the trails
Boucher Hill Fire Lookout Tower
California Fire Season is no joke. Each year California sets a new fire record. These record setting wildfires keep increase in acreage burnt, property destruction and heartbreaking human loss.
Having a lookout tower is a great advantage to fighting wildfires. These amazing volunteers are able to spot the smoke before it becomes a huge wildfire.
This historic fire tower is a must see. Located at 5,400 feet of elevation it offers spectacular views of Pauma Valley.