Cedar Trail Is A Gorgeous Forest Trail In Southern California That Will Take You To A Hidden Overlook

From the dreamy corners of the Channel Islands to the geologic shifts that formed the iconic faces of Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta, with a state as massive as California, you know we’re home to some of the most expansive, contrasting, and devastatingly beautiful scenery in the country. Southern California is particularly rich with heart-stopping views: long, sandy beaches stretching hazily into the distance. Sun-bleached boulders filling in gaps of chaparral and lining meandering summit trails. Irresistible beaches dotted with rocky bluffs and whispering palms that show off the mighty Pacific in all of its glory. There’s truly something for everyone here!

But what you might not expect to find tucked away in SoCal is an abundant forest ripe with babbling streams, wide grassy meadows, quiet wildlife, vibrant leafy trees that contrast the rich hues of their pine counterparts, and magnificent views that go on for (literally) hundreds of miles. All this (and more!) can be found on one special stretch of Southern California backcountry. For an escape into the trees with multiple gorgeous payoffs, check out this sweet forest trail in Palomar State Park in Southern California.

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Whether for camping, day-hiking, or epic sunset-watching – Palomar Mountain is definitely one of our all-time favorite destinations in every season, as well as home to some of the best hikes in Southern California! We love that there are so many ways to explore this gorgeous state park and its surrounding areas. If you’ve ever paid a visit to Palomar State Park, we’d love to hear about it!

Check out some of our other favorite Southern California trails here. Or, if there are any other gems we should know about, let us know here.

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