Distance: Drive up
Summit Elevation: 5438' (Boucher), 5571' (Observatory)
Prominence: 278' (Boucher)
Elevation Gain: 0'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0.00
Round trip time: 0 minutes
Recommended water: 0 oz.
Parking/Fees: $8 State Parks (Boucher), Free at Observatory
A lookout point east of Palomar Mountain with a prominence of only 278', Boucher Hill is a drive up. You can make a hike out of it by doing a loop along some of the trails. The volunteers manning the fire watchtower invited me up to take a look and we talked about the history of the tower. It has been there since the 1920s and was recently rebuilt for the third time. The views were OK. I didn't stay long and proceeded on S7 to the Observatory. The Palomar Observatory has a huge 200 inch telescope owned and run by Caltech. It is open most days for visitors. I tried to get a good picture of the inside controls, but the dim light foiled my attempts. There was a smaller dome a short distance from the big one.