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gimpilator70 Peaks In 30 Days  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2017


This was part of a month long solo peakbagging trip in which I hiked every day and got 70 peaks in 30 days. Why is the road closed every time I'm in CA? I hiked the 13 mile route in 3.5 hours round-trip (plus another half hour of non-moving time). There was a fresh burn at the top which looked like a controlled burn.

For numerous photos and brief route descriptions see the trip report.
Posted May 5, 2017 1:53 pm

nannerbotsObservatory is well-worth it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2016
Heard but never saw any rattlesnakes. The observatory was very cool.
Posted Oct 25, 2016 10:00 pm

IronHikerPalomar Divide Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2015


Drove up to the last gate, which was closed, and hiked from there. No one in the lookout tower. Got some great photos at sunrise.
Posted Oct 7, 2015 12:24 am

Ted BauerCrying Baby  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 1998

Ted Bauer

Drove to the top. My youngest son fell on the steps of the observatory and wailed for about 30 minutes and most of the way down.
Posted Nov 13, 2014 4:17 pm

ericnoelPalomar  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013


Drove to the top.
Posted Nov 9, 2013 6:49 pm

sauers23 degrees and sleet   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2012
Did the hike to High Point from the Oak Grove Fire Station. Nice climb, but we encountered sleet, 40 mph winds and 23 degrees with the wind chill at the tower.
Posted Mar 14, 2013 3:22 pm

mcmurdosoundGreat view  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2005


I live in VC with an incredible view of Palomar Mountain. Been to the top many times!
Posted Feb 7, 2013 3:33 am

craghigh point from Palomar Divide Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2008


Knocked around a lot on Palomar, including the short hike to the high point from the Palomar Divide Rd.
Posted May 20, 2012 1:02 pm

wmollandSequoias!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012


A nice long hike from the Fire Station at the base. There are Giant Sequoias on top, how awesome is that?!?!
Posted Feb 11, 2012 5:11 pm

kavakPalomar Divide Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011


My wife and I drove to the gated service road just beneath the summit. There was one other car at this location and we hiked with them 200 vertical feet to the summit tower. The road was muddy in spots and would be problematic for a 2wd when wet as it is mostly wide enough for one car.
Posted Nov 30, 2011 10:39 am

cabHigh Point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2011


After climbing Eagle Crag in the morning. Long drive up and back on the dirt road.
Posted Apr 4, 2011 10:35 am

SgonzalezPalomar  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2011


Great hiking opportunities at the top.
Posted Mar 22, 2011 8:15 pm

Iron HikerHiked up from Oak Grove  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2011

Iron Hiker

Climbed from Oak Grove up the trail to Oak Grove Rd, thence to the Divide Road, then followed to High Point. A coating of snow near the top was very nice to see. Saw nobody the entire day.
Posted Feb 2, 2011 4:03 am

HeyItsBenHigh Point!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2010


Part of an SDC peak roundup day - drove up Palomar at night after hiking Combs. Loooong dirt road, 2hrs RT driving time from the 79. Insane wind at the top scared me off the tower haha.
Posted Nov 22, 2010 6:23 pm

SigouinNice mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2007
Nice mountain, great observatory on top. Nice hikes around.
Posted Dec 26, 2009 10:45 pm

gfaulknerBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2009


Spent a wonderful afternoon hiking. Did the Boucher hill/Scott's cabin loop. Still a good bit of fall color. Ran in to some mule deer (Not literally). I was not typically San Diego terrain (That's a Good thing). Lots of poison oak! Great hiking/great place!
Posted Nov 4, 2009 9:23 am

GreatshaitanQuick Drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2004


A drive to the summit and a visit of the observatory makes for a wonderful winter day trip.
Posted May 7, 2009 1:51 pm

mlarkin2002Crappy road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2008
Drove the crappy dirt road to the summit. 16 miles of about the worst road I've ever driven.
Posted Jan 28, 2009 12:53 am

surgentUp Palomar Divide Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2008


The road from the north in Aguanga was closed as was the road from Oak Grove, so we drove up the Palomar Divide Road. It went well. Drive up took about an hour, then a hike of about 45 minutes, then a slow drive down. All in all, not too bad. But I got lucky: the next day my timing belt in my truck went out! I shudder to think the tow cost if it had blown while up on this narrow road.
Posted Aug 20, 2008 4:25 pm

Alex WoodFun Hike  Sucess!

Alex Wood

I have done this hike many times over the years. But I have kept it legal, not too interested in getting in trouble for hiking up a couple hundred more feet to the highpoint. Go in the fall, it is amazing!
Posted Aug 11, 2008 2:36 pm

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