Drove the crappy dirt road to the summit. 16 miles of about the worst road I've ever driven.
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.
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!
A long drive... A little cool on top with a stiff breeze.
I love getting paid to hike and collect flowers. Finally made it to this very cool summit, much nicer then I had imagined. Then drove over to the Lagunas and hiked Monument for more flowers. Great long day.
Glad I was driving a rental!! Long, tedious, rough road for a Ford Focus, but still made it without any noticable body damage. Weather was perfect! Had to go to High Point to truly "summit" Palomar Mtn. Did Boucher Hill also. Did I mention A LOT of driving?!
San Diego is not know for forests but the best it has are here.
Ran around all over Palomar in middle and high school. Climbed on towers, toured observatory, got poison oak. Haven't been up there since the early 90s.
Most of the hike is on a fire road. The last mile is through cool meadows which is a pleasant change from the typical chapparal of lower San Diego peaks.
Hiked from the county road below, near Hwy 76, which is now Palamar Springs Co. land. More illegal hiking, eh Bob?
With my parentally negligent Dad. Way fun.
Love that road up and enjoyed snooping around the observatory - interesting stuff.
Went up to Palomar one other time when I was young (12 years old or so?)