Palomar Divide Road Professional Review and Guide
"Palomar Divide Road is close enough to Los Angeles and San Diego to make an easy and scenic day trip from either metropolitan area. The trail leaves from California 79, which runs east out of the Temecula Valley. It leaves just east of Aguanga, down a road that initially appears to be a private entrance to an RV resort. However, the dirt road heads off to the south at the resort entrance, initially passing through private property before entering Cleveland National Forest. The trail starts to climb along a well-used shelf road, steadily increasing elevation until it reaches the high point of the trail at High Point Lookout (6,140 feet) on Mount Palomar. Views along the ridge and shelf road are spectacular in all directions. As you climb in the forward direction, Cottonwood Creek is to the west with Dameron Valley to the east. Special Attractions: 360-degree views from High Point Lookout; Long winding shelf and ridge road; Remains of the Ware Mine. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."