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Palomar Mountain

90 miles with 8,100 feet of climbing
Palomar Mountain • Route Profile
Route Profile

Palomar Mountain • Climbs

Cat. 1: Mile 18
Cat. 3: Mile 32 and 80
Cat. 4: Mile 12, 38, and 57

Palomar Mountain • Description

This ride starts in Temecula and descends into Pala, before leading east on Route 76. After Pauma Valley, the first part of the ascent to Palomar Mountain begins, followed by the second part on South Grade Road (photos, photos).
Some extra miles and climbing can be added via an optional out-and-back visit to the observatory, at 5,550 feet the highest point.
The ride then descends via East Grade Road towards Lake Henshaw, and returns back west on Route 76. The final climb leads up Rice Canyon and Rainbow Canyon, before a short downhill into Temecula. The ride passes through several Indian reservations, including Pechanga, Pala, Pauma, and La Jolla.

Palomar Mountain • Interactive Map

Palomar Mountain • Pictures

Palomar Mountain • View from South Grade Road
View from South Grade Road
Palomar Mountain • South Grade Road
South Grade Road
Palomar Mountain • View from East Grade Road
View from East Grade Road
Palomar Mountain • East Grade Road
East Grade Road

Palomar Mountain • Personal Notes

Palomar Mountain is one of the best climbs in Southern California. On weekends, South Grade Road is popular with motorcyclists.
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries
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