Boucher Hill – April 17, 2013

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.

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Nate Harrison Grade

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Observation Tower at Boucher Hill

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Boucher Trail to Peak

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Pauma Valley with Orange and Avocado Groves

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20.5 Mile Round Trip

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