Palomar Mtn. 107 mi, 9816 ft el, 98 ft/mi

0.0 N Highland
0.0 L Las Flores
0.5 L Tuttle
0.7 L Buena Vista
0.7 R Davis
0.8 R Knowles
0.9 L Davis
1.0 R Laguna
1.4 R State
1.5 = Coast Hwy 101
1.9 L Eaton
2.0 R Broadway
2.4 L Cassidy
2.5 R Pacific
3.6 L Wisconsin
3.6 R The Strand S
4.5 = The Strand N
4.8 R Breakwater
4.9 L Pacific
5.1 R RR underpass to SLR
5.1 L San Luis Rey River Trail
12.2 R exit to College North
12.2 R College
12.4 R N River
12.7 R N River
16.0 R Holly
16.3 R Kari
16.6 R old bridge
16.9 L Old River
19.4 R Camino Del Rey
19.7 L W Lilac
28.2 L W Lilac
30.0 R Lilac
31.6 L Lilac
34.9 L Valley Center
35.7 L Miller
37.6 R Miller
37.9 L Cole Grade
44.0 R CA-76 E
52.0 L S Grade/Palomar Mtn
58.9 L S Grade
60.0 U Mothers Kitchen
59.0 R S Grade Rd/Palomar Mtn
65.8 R CA-76
70.8 L Valley Center
75.8 L Lake Wohlford
83.6 L Valley
83.9 R Wohl Ford
84.0 R river bike path
84.5 R El Norte
90.7 L Woodland
91.9 R Mission
93.3 L San Marcos
97.4 = Palomar Airport
103.8 R Coast Hwy 101
105.5 R Tamarack
105.8 L RR bike path
106.2 R Chestnut
106.7 L Pio Pico
107.2 R Laguna
107.4 L Elmwood
107.6 return to start

The climb up Mt Palomar is the one great mountain climbs in San Diego. Lance does it on a single speed. 5000 feet in 11 miles makes it good preparation for your next bike tour of the Alps! The descent is a classic mountain high-speed technical descent.

Attention to weather will make or break your enjoyment of this climb. The ascent is unbearable in the heat, and the descent is unbearable in the cold. Check the forecast for Palomar Mountain before you go.

Under 60 degrees - bring a jacket, long finger gloves and knee warmers. Nice extras would be a balclava, insulated gloves, and an insulated jersey. Pack them on your back or tie them under your saddle. Otherwise, plan on violently shivering on the descent, and losing all feeling in your hands. Research hypothermia.

Over 80 degrees - bring extra water, as there is none between the Taco Shop and Mothers Kitchen. Much of the climb is in direct sun. Research heat exhaustion. Low salt levels from sweating is also a problem. Salt takes a long time to absorb, and like food and water, if you wait until you are suffering to ingest, then it is too late. Salt up: Eat salty food the day before your climb, and research hyponatremia.

There are multiple cattle grates on the climb. Go over them quickly and straight ahead. They are uncomfortable, but your bike can handle it.

Weekends see many pocket rocket motorcycles racing the South Grade. They can easily avoid cyclists as they have to also watch for rocks strewn in the road, but they make a peaceful climb unpleasantly noisy.

The East Grade is much quieter. Weekdays and rainy days are much quieter. Returning to civilization, you may prefer climbing the quieter Cole Grade over the gambling rush to the casinos on Valley Center Rd.

The climb ends 20 minutes after your legs have turned to mush.