90 miles with 8,100 feet of climbing
Mount Palomar • Climbs
Mount Palomar • 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 Mount Palomar 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.
Mount Palomar • Interactive Map
Mount Palomar • Pictures
View from South Grade Road
South Grade Road
View from East Grade Road
East Grade Road
Mount Palomar is one of the best climbs in Southern California. On weekends, South Grade Road is popular with motorcyclists.
By: Bernd Straehle
See Also: Gran Fondos & Centuries
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