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Hiking -- Palomar Mountain State Park

Dear Tsinghua alumni and friends,

Spring is in the air. After recent rain across the Southern California, the flowers are blooming in the mountains. The San Diego Tsinghua Alumni Association cordially invites your for a hiking trip in the Palomar Mountain State Park. It is going be a great chance to enjoy the beautiful wilderness and meet up friends.

DATE: March 7th, 2009.

CARPOOL: Those who want to carpool should gather at Crater & Barrel parking lot in the UTC Mall at 9:00am.

PLACE: Our first stop is Palomar Observatory. Those who do not carpool should gather at the observatory visitors' parking lot at 11:00am. We will then proceed to Palomar Mountain State Park after visiting the observatory.

DIRECTIONS: The street address of the observatory is 35899 Canfield, Road Palomar Mountain, CA 92060-0200. To reach Palomar from San Diego, exit Interstate 15 at state highway 76 eastbound. Follow the signs to Palomar Mountain. Twenty five miles from the interchange, County Road S-6 (also known as South Grade Road) exits (5 miles past Valley Center Road) in a "Y" to the left and climbs to the Palomar summit. S-6 ends at the Observatory gates. The entrance of the park is located at 19952 State Park Drive Palomar Mountain, CA 92060. Pay the entry fee $6.00 per vehicle at the gate.

TRAILS: The map of the park can be found here. We will start from the parking lot, stop by Boucher Lookout, Cedar Grove, Weir Historic Site and Doane Valley Campground and come back from Scott's Cabin Trail. The total hike is about 6~7 miles long. The trail difficulty is moderate. The trip takes about 4~5 hours.

NECESSITIES: Good grip trail shoes or boots, lunch and plenty of water, hat and sunscreen.

REGISTRATION:
Please fill out the registration form and submit it before 12:00am, Thursday, March 5th, 2009.
Send an email to sdthaa_info@yahoogroups.com for other inquiries.
Organizers' contact information and any changes will be sent to the registrants.

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
1) Driving to Palomar Observatory.
2) Local Hikes.
3) Photos from meetup.com.
4) Another set of photos.

Hope to see you all there!

Sincerely,
San Diego Tsinghua Alumni Association

DISCLAIMER:
San Diego Tsinghua Alumni Association takes no responsibility and will not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur during this hiking activity. Outdoor sports are inherently dangerous and accidents may happen.By registering and participating in this hiking activity, you agree that you are taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being.


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