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34794 Doane Valley Rd
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

Where to Park: 33.341644, -116.901441

Pond: 33.340092, -116.901287

Hike: .1 miles    Level: Easy

Dog-Friendly: Yes   Kid-Friendly:  Yes



About Doane Pond

Doane Pond is situated inside the majestic Doane Valley in Palomar Mountain.  This is one of the easiest hikes around, being .1 miles from the parking lot!

Doane pond is regularly stocked for trout by the Department of Fish and Game.   If you are over 16, you must have a valid California fishing license. There is no size limit but the catch limit is 5.  There are many great hiking trails that all begin from the same parking lot including the Weir and French Valley trails.

It is pretty common to see deer out here grazing, living free & wild.  This area is so beautiful and never ceases to leave me in a state of awe through its ever-changing beauty.

While you’re in the area, make sure to hike to the Weir nearby!

I highly recommend everyone take at least one day trip out here to see what I am talking about!  Although beautiful all year long, my favorite times to visit are winter-spring.

Doane Pond, as well as Doane Valley, were named after George Doane, one of the mountain’s earliest pioneers.  He, along with Nate Harrison, is said to be one of the most colorful personalities on the mountain and known for being the the “hairiest person ever known in these parts.”

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    Used to go fishing and camping here as a child and the trip to the observatory was always a plus!

    February 15, 2020

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