This peak is better done on a mountain bike, given the assumption that peak bagging via car is, well, pretty darned lazy (Boucher Hill can be reached by vehicle). I started the 20.5 mile round trip at the Pauma School Parking lot on Cole Grade and rode to the peak via Nate Harrison Grade with a short hike along the Boucher Trail to the lookout. The initial mile or two was filled with blooming orange groves – and the associated pollinating bees. A bit disconcerting when you’re dressed in a bright yellow and orange cycling jersey! Most of the Nate Harrison is well graded until the top at the State Park where it becomes deeply rutted. I enjoyed my lunch on the very civilized observation deck equipped with comfortable benches.
Nate Harrison Grade
Observation Tower at Boucher Hill
Boucher Trail to Peak
Pauma Valley with Orange and Avocado Groves
20.5 Mile Round Trip