Map Legend

  • Palomar West (traditional route)
  • Palomar East
  • Palomar to Observatory

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Photos are in order from bottom to top of climb.  Thanks to author / cyclistRon Hawks for his photo contributions to this page.


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Note:  Click on “View full route" (top left) which opens the Palomar Mountain RideWithGPS page.  Hover over the distance line at the spot you would like to begin a sub-  segment for this climb.  Click your mouse on the start point and drag the vertical graphing line the distance you wish to obtain sub-detail from, then release the  mouse at  the end point.  This will give you the following sub-detail for the selected segment in the “Metrics” window top right of the page:  (a) distance, (b) elevation  gained and  lost, (c) max grade, (d) average grade (e) that segment's climb category – e.g. Cat 1, HC, etc., and (f) FIETS score for the segment.

Hover cursor over segment slices (below) for exact  grade of a particular segment. Map route (bottom) colors correlate with elevation legend colors.

Alternate Route - from same start but to the Observatory - 16.5 miles, 4,989', 6%, FIETS 7.82

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Cycling California - Palomar Mountain


  • Distance:                             12.4 miles             

  • Beginning elevation:           1,026'

  • Ending elevation:                 5,513'

  • Average Grade:                    6.9%

  • Fiets Index:                            10.03

  • Road Condition:                    7/10
  • ​Location:    Climb begins at the intersection Hwy 76 and Valley Center Drive  (latitude/longitude 33.28844, -116.95862) in the Pauma Valley. 110 miles from LAX and 50 miles from San Diego International Airport.

Background photo - U.S. #5 Pikes Peak CO.