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Unread 03-26-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
tomh87
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Palomar Mountain roads

Anyone do any wheeling up Palomar Mountain area? I just discovered this area and see lots of trails on the sat maps but I expect that many of them are gated off.

Nate Harrison Grade (begins at Rte 76) appears to be open year round. Any comments on trail condition?

Close nearby to the north is a very cool-looking trail called the Gomez Truck Trail (also begins on Rte 76) but I can find nothing about it online ... this usually means gated or otherwise restricted access.

Also wondering if the Palomar Divide Truck Trail is accessible as far into the mountains as the sat maps show.

Thanks for any comments!

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Unread 03-26-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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Anyone do any wheeling up Palomar Mountain area? I just discovered this area and see lots of trails on the sat maps but I expect that many of them are gated off.

Nate Harrison Grade (begins at Rte 76) appears to be open year round. Any comments on trail condition?

Close nearby to the north is a very cool-looking trail called the Gomez Truck Trail (also begins on Rte 76) but I can find nothing about it online ... this usually means gated or otherwise restricted access.

Also wondering if the Palomar Divide Truck Trail is accessible as far into the mountains as the sat maps show.

Thanks for any comments!
Harrison Grade is a good road for mountain bikes. It is steep in places and has some tight turns. The views are awesome. But it is not a jeep trail. It is dirt, but it is kept fairly well graded.

Palomar divide is another EASY trail. Not sure how far it goes, or about the access.
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Unread 03-26-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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I have done part of it off hwy79. You can check this site to see if they are open. http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/cl...telprdb5340229
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I've done it on 2 and 4 wheels. Totally boring in the Jeep, mildly entertaining on the dual-sport, and lots of fun by bicycle. Of course, I like to climb so anything I can ride my bicycles up is fun for me
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Unread 02-15-2015, 09:19 PM   #5
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Palomar divide trail

Went out on the palomar divide trail today it has some great views and if you enjoy a ride on a well kept shelf road this is for you. I only had to engage the 4WD for about 20 seconds and that was after I went off trail through a dried creek bed that turned into a nice little sand pit. Most of the trail is pretty easy maybe a little too easy there are a few ruts and rocks but mostly just some rolling smooth dirt. There are some off shoot obstacles that are pretty interesting but they are really close to the drop off. Overall its a nice trail you can pack a lunch and have a few hours in the hills but if your looking to test your rig this is not the one for you, I have a 14 JKUR and it didnt break a sweat my wifes Grand Cherokee would have eaten it up as well.
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Unread 02-25-2015, 11:18 AM   #6
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Went out on the palomar divide trail today it has some great views and if you enjoy a ride on a well kept shelf road this is for you. I only had to engage the 4WD for about 20 seconds and that was after I went off trail through a dried creek bed that turned into a nice little sand pit. Most of the trail is pretty easy maybe a little too easy there are a few ruts and rocks but mostly just some rolling smooth dirt. There are some off shoot obstacles that are pretty interesting but they are really close to the drop off. Overall its a nice trail you can pack a lunch and have a few hours in the hills but if your looking to test your rig this is not the one for you, I have a 14 JKUR and it didnt break a sweat my wifes Grand Cherokee would have eaten it up as well.
I'm glad you got out there and enjoyed it for what it is; a scenic drive on a dirt road. I do it at least once a year by 4x4 but like I said earlier I prefer riding my bicycles up it instead.
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