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Boucher Hill


Location: San Diego County, about 17 miles northeast of Escondido, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubSan Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS TopoBoucher Hill 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
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 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route


(Parking Fee required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: Al Campbell, July 1973


  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Continue south on I-15 to SR 76.
  • Go east on SR 76 to its junction with S6 at the south end of Pauma Valley. Go left (east). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 5.5 miles, fork with SR 76 straight and S6 left (north). Turn left on S6.
  • At 12.0 miles, a junction with S7 at Crestline. Turn left (west) on S7.
  • At 15 miles, Palomar Mountain State Park entrance. An entrance fee is charged at this point.
  • Continue to the second left turn, where four roads branch off. Straight ahead is the Nate Harrison Grade Road, take the paved road to the left of it.
  • Drive 1/2 mile to the summit, where there is a radio installation.


The junction of SR 76 and S6 can also be reached from Warner Springs or from Julian. From Warner Springs drive south on SR 79 for 7.6 miles and then turn northwest on SR 76 to the junction of S6, then proceed as above. Or, from Julian drive north on SR 79 for about 14 miles to SR 76. Turn left and go to the junction of SR 76 and S6, then proceed as shown above.

Printable version of this route


(Parking Fee required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 600'
Time: 3/4 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Al Campbell, July 1973


  • See the driving instructions for Route 1. From the Park entrance, follow the signs to Cedar Grove Campground. Parking is limited.


  • The Adams Trail starts on the far side of a small meadow across from campsite No. 9 (4840'). Follow this trail for 1/2 mile to the Nate Harrison Grade Road.
  • Cross the road to the Boucher Trail which starts at the junction of the two one-way roads. A signpost reads 1 mile to the lookout.
  • Follow the trail to a small flat area. This is the site of Bougher's 2-story log house, removed in 1963. Continue on the trail to the summit.


The man who lived here from the 1880's to the 1920's spelled his name Bougher, not Boucher.


The summit is located in the State Park. There is no entrance fee if you hike in but there is a fee for day use and for overnight camping. Due to budget restraints, the park is sometimes closed in the winter and entry is forbidden.

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