Palomar Century

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

Palomar Century • Climbs

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

Palomar Century • 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 Century • Interactive Map

Palomar Century • Pictures

Palomar Century • South Grade Road
South Grade Road
Palomar Century • Palomar Mountain Observatory
Palomar Mountain Observatory
Palomar Century • East Grade Road
East Grade Road
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries