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Last weekend a freind mine who just moved down from NorCal and I hit up a route that had been on my local to-do list for a while. The High Point Truck Trail that goes up the north side of Palomar Mountain to the High Point lookout tower. It is 12 miles long and has about 4,400 feet of climbing up to 6,113 feet. With it being July we rolling on the dirt at 7AM.



The start and the destination all in frame. I was surprised to see my friend Clayton show up a single speed. He would get worked over on this climb.



The further up we went the larger in scope the views got to the north, It was pretty to cool to look at the peaks in the distance and go "Been there, there, yep that one too...."



Grunt, Grunt, Groan, Groan, Clayton was killing it on the climb, but the 32-16 gearing (26er) was taking its toll.



As we neared the top mountain ridgeline we got a peak at the lookout. It was short lived as we soon transitioned out of the typical SoCal scrub brush into oak forest.



I have certainly climbed uglier fireroads.



Before long we were up at the top of High Point. What an "Office" view the rangers have here. A bit of cloud cover was rolling in from the south which muted some of the colors but the scenery was still impressive.



A slightly different viewing angle on the observatory than what most people see.


Views to the northwest



When it was time to turn the bikes back down the hill, it was plenty of fun as we now had 4,400 feet of descent over 12 miles to enjoy. While there were some screaming sections there were also some tight somewhat exposed turns that required all due diligence to keep bad things from happening. The further down we got we could feel the temps rising and by the time we got back to the truck we were once again happy with the decision for an early morning start. I like this route and the possibilities it offers for connecting up with some of the other Palomar offerings that I yet to fully explore. As our Governater would say, "I'll be Back"

For additional pictures, map, and GPS files check out the page I put on my site.
 

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Great shots! I havent been up to Palomar MTN wellllll since I rode my motorcycle throught the miles and miles of twisties! Too far for me to drive, but I wanted to ask, was that Vail Lake in the background? I was there last weekend camping and liked it alot. Well once section with all the jumps and banked turns.
 

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I drove that road once, maybe 30 years ago. As I recall, there was supposed to be a stream off the north slope of Palomar, supposedly with some great swimming holes, and I was doing a recon run. But it was far down a canyon from the road, what looked to be a rough cross country scramble from the road, and I wasn't prepared at the time. Never been back...
 

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I've been up the East side a few times on the MTB but never the North.
Looks like a good workout.
*(and you really need to screen your friends better! A single speed on a long hillclimb!
BAH!)
 

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Nice report Bill!

I did that solo way back in 1998, ran into two feral dogs and had a show down, they backed down but left me looking over my shoulder the whole way up.

Long ago a forest worker spotted a fire north of Santa Barbara from that tower.

Lastly I tried to connect that road over to the observatory and was turned back by the guy who lives at the property and his 3 large dogs, he wasn't going to allow anyone to pass through the observatory grounds.
 
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