Oak Grove to High Point Trail

Palomar Mountain, California

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How’s this for a climb of Palomar Mountain from bottom to top? Start at Oak Grove, along the east base of the mountain, and climb steadily up 6.5 miles of foot trail and fire road to reach High Point, the highest mountain within a radius of 14 miles. Of course, with the right kind of vehicle, it’s usually possible How’s this for a climb of Palomar Mountain from bottom to top? Start at Oak Grove, along the east base of the mountain, and climb steadily up 6.5 miles of foot trail and fire road to reach High Point, the highest mountain within a radius of 14 miles. Of course, with the right kind of vehicle, it’s usually possible

Oak Grove to High Point Trail Professional Review and Guide

"How’s this for a climb of Palomar Mountain from bottom to top? Start at Oak Grove, along the east base of the mountain, and climb steadily up 6.5 miles of foot trail and fire road to reach High Point, the highest mountain within a radius of 14 miles. Of course, with the right kind of vehicle, it’s usually possible How’s this for a climb of Palomar Mountain from bottom to top? Start at Oak Grove, along the east base of the mountain, and climb steadily up 6.5 miles of foot trail and fire road to reach High Point, the highest mountain within a radius of 14 miles. Of course, with the right kind of vehicle, it’s usually possible"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Palomar Mountain
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours
Season: October through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Palomar Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Aguanga, Palomar Observatory
Driving Directions: Directions to Oak Grove to High Point Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/1/2009
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The beginning of this trail is tough to find. The roads in the area aren't labeled. We parked at the fire station and walked west on the road just south of it. It goes through a rural residential area for about a half mile and look for a trail as the road bends to the left. The trail drops into a small valley and then goes very steeply up switchbacks, eventually meeting up with oak grove road. From there it is a steady ascent to the peak. The views are great and the old fire tower is amazingly large! You can climb up the bottom story, although the wind whips so strongly up there that we were quickly chilled and headed back down. Finish the day off with $4.99 prime rib at the Santa Ysable casino (small and nice, not like the other casinos at all).



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May 2018