Palomar Mountain Climber's Log

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tMaze05 - Jun 17, 2020 11:04 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2020

High point Palomar Mountain  Sucess!

Nice hike but decently strenuous and a lot of bugs. Did it from Oak Grove


iditarod81 - Nov 2, 2019 9:23 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2019

Via Observatory Trail  Sucess!

Fun family hike, enjoyed the SoCal foliage. Our 3-year-old loved the observatory.


StartingOver - Jun 12, 2018 10:52 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2018

Long Drive  Sucess!

Drove to the summit using the HPS Section "route 1" on the way to a work retreat, and while experimenting with driving a pickup truck as a possible solution to my dirt-road woes. The drive took nearly 2 hours from bottom to top to bottom, and I'm not exactly an overly-cautious slow driver. To be honest the scenery wasn't that spectacular either. The area around the observatory is much more scenic. So unless one wants to "bag" this peak for list or prominence purposes, I don't think it is worth it, to be honest.


gimpilator - May 5, 2017 1:53 pm Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2017

70 Peaks In 30 Days  Sucess!

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.

nannerbots - Oct 25, 2016 10:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2016

Observatory is well-worth it  Sucess!

Heard but never saw any rattlesnakes. The observatory was very cool.


IronHiker - Oct 7, 2015 12:24 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2015

Palomar Divide Road  Sucess!

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.

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Nov 13, 2014 4:17 pm Date Climbed: Nov 1, 1998

Crying Baby  Sucess!

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.


ericnoel - Nov 9, 2013 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2013

Palomar  Sucess!

Drove to the top.

sauers - Mar 14, 2013 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2012

23 degrees and sleet   Sucess!

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.


mcmurdosound - Feb 7, 2013 3:33 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2005

Great view  Sucess!

I live in VC with an incredible view of Palomar Mountain. Been to the top many times!


crag - May 20, 2012 1:02 pm Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2008

high point from Palomar Divide Road  Sucess!

Knocked around a lot on Palomar, including the short hike to the high point from the Palomar Divide Rd.


wmolland - Feb 11, 2012 5:11 pm Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012

Sequoias!  Sucess!

A nice long hike from the Fire Station at the base. There are Giant Sequoias on top, how awesome is that?!?!


kavak - Nov 30, 2011 10:39 am Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2011

Palomar Divide Road  Sucess!

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.


cab - Apr 4, 2011 10:35 am Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2011

High Point  Sucess!

After climbing Eagle Crag in the morning. Long drive up and back on the dirt road.


Sgonzalez - Mar 22, 2011 8:15 pm Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2011

Palomar  Sucess!

Great hiking opportunities at the top.

Iron Hiker

Iron Hiker - Feb 2, 2011 4:03 am Date Climbed: Feb 1, 2011

Hiked up from Oak Grove  Sucess!

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.


HeyItsBen - Nov 22, 2010 6:23 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2010

High Point!  Sucess!

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.

Sigouin - Dec 26, 2009 10:45 pm Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2007

Nice mountain  Sucess!

Nice mountain, great observatory on top. Nice hikes around.


gfaulkner - Nov 4, 2009 9:23 am Date Climbed: Nov 1, 2009

Beautiful Day  Sucess!

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!


Greatshaitan - May 7, 2009 1:51 pm Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2004

Quick Drive  Sucess!

A drive to the summit and a visit of the observatory makes for a wonderful winter day trip.

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