San Diego - Palomar Mountain

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by bicyclebradley, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. bicyclebradley

    bicyclebradley V-Twin

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    Took a spin from San Diego (downtown proper) out to Palomar Mountain. I've never ridden it and i heard its a toughie, so I went Monday at 10AM and I was pretty much the only person on the whole mountain! I even had the Mother's Kitchen to myself - well, me and the cute little waitress :evil...

    Nice little windy road. South Grade is a cool steep climb. Not a lot of places to stop off for a photo until I got here.
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    Mother's Kitchen at the top. Vegetarian place that is awesome; most people just bitch about it according to the waitress, I am veggie so it was rad.
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    Another nice little stop off. The freezing fog makes for bad scenery picz.
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    Riding down the "backside" East Grade. Nice view once I was out of the fog.
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    Didn't see any cows, but I did see a goat.
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    ON the backside there was a cool Panoramic Viewpoint. Apparently you can spot Bald Eagles there.
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  2. Brian Keith

    Brian Keith Been here awhile

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    Nice. I like the photos. I rode there years ago and still remember it fondly. I was able to go during a weekday and had the place to myself too.
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  3. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Ah, Lake Henshaw, a pond of what it used to be.

    Great roads in this area, as you know. Just beyond the lake, is S2 to S22 to Montezuma Grade, and down to Borrego Springs & Anza Borrego SP.

    Did you happen to catch Mesa Grande Rd? It's a nice little loop.

    I may be in this area tomorrow...

    Thanks for posting!
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  4. Baja Perro

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    Don't forget about Nate Harrison Grade, the back(mostly dirt) way up the mountain. It comes off the 76 in Pauma Valley. Great views, and you can go back down on the asphalt if you wish and make a loop out of it:evil
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  5. bicyclebradley

    bicyclebradley V-Twin

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    I did NOT know about these. i set out to eat at the veggie place on my Monday off. i will certainly look them up, and the mostly dirt road is just what i was looking for! Thanks guys!! B.
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  6. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    You've got tons of good stuff not too far away!

    Buy a Benchmark mapbook(web, REI, bookstore). You'll spend hours studying it.
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  7. Shooby

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    Yup, you need to check out those roads / routes others posted above. Especially on a weekday. Stop in at "The Hideout" too at the bottom of Mesa Grande. Can't speak for the Vegan side of their menu however.:deal
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  8. bicyclebradley

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    awesome info - thx. the whole idea of ADV appeals to me. I joined this forum to buy a rack extension and have fallen in love...

    next Mondays agenda....:D

    thanks fellas!!
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Just to add a bit more to the mix...

    South of Escondido, just west of I15, is Highland Valley Rd. I recently took this eastbound and out to Ramona for lunch(nice Subway btw). 78 out of Ramona up to 79 is a fun road! This will get you over to Mesa Grande Rd.

    Get some pics. Have fun.
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  10. Shooby

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    Ooh, Yah! good call. One could just spend the day doing repeats on it.
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  11. towman

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    Next time ride Old Julian Highway on this section.
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  12. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Hadn't heard of this, but, I just found it in my Benchmark.

    Thanks towman, another reason to head south.
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  13. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Just a few more from Highland Valley Rd.

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  14. Makalu

    Makalu Long timer

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    Back in the 70’s when I worked on Palomar Mtn it was named some else. :augie
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  15. Baja Perro

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    Yes, smart guy, it used to be named West Grade Rd:deal
    I think a better name from back then would be Weed Grade A Rd, or
    Pauma Warpath Rd
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  16. bicyclebradley

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    Okay tomorrows ride will be up the 15 to 76 to get started.
    then to Nate Harrison and up over the mtn.
    then to 76 to Mega Grande then 78 thru Julian and San Pasqual Rds

    there is a road that kinda parallels Julian Rd off the mtn but on google maps it doesn't have a name. any ideas?

    anyone who wants to ride or has a better route frm downtown SD up and back home please feel free to post or message me - I'll be leaving around 8-ish AM tomorrow.

    thanks for all the tips everyone. B.
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  17. prsdrat

    prsdrat Been here awhile

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    Sorry I didn't catch you this morning, but on the next ride up that way;

    I5N >>52E >> 67N >> Lakeside >> E on Mapleview St >> N on Ashford
    which turns into Wildcat Canyon Rd >> Left on San Vicente Rd to Ramona.
    Right (E) on 78 >> Left (N) on Magnolia Ave which turns into Black Canyon
    Rd and continue on to Mesa Grande. Check it on the map, it's not hard and
    a great ride.
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  18. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Good tip right there! Lemme go get my Benchmark, since I may be headed that way Wed.
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  19. AdakTriumph

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    Does anyone know about the Palomar Truck Trail and High Point Truck Trail. I was thinking about going on them today until i saw the Restricted access on google maps. Gate info would be appreciated.
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  20. bicyclebradley

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    no idea - sorry. im new to the area and know little of these roads...

    found this from last year tho...
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=752894
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