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New park offers best views in North County

COAST CITIES — On the very highest point of the Cerro de Las Posas ridge, the highest peak in the coastal North County area, a new park is offering sweeping views of the mountains to the east and the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean to the west.
Double Peak Park, above San Elijo Hills, is now open to the public, following an official ceremony late last month. The 200-acre park is located in the city of San Marcos and offers awe-inspiring, 360-degree views.
On a clear day, the Cuyamaca Mountains, Palomar Mountain, Mount Baldy and San Jacinto Peak can all be seen.
San Marcos spent $100,000 to develop the park, which includes a 75-seat amphitheater, a playground and a picnic area large enough to accommodate groups.
A trailhead to a hiking trail that links into the citywide trail system is a short hike away. Craig Sargent-Beach, community services director, said the area has been popular with mountain bikers, hikers and even horses. Now it will be easier to access and use.
“What a nice park and what a fantastic view,” said Maureen Marshall, who made her way up to the park with her granddaughters one recent afternoon after noticing several cars going up a new road on the Fourth of July.