9S07 - Palomar Divide

Temecula, California (SanDiego County)

Last Updated: 05/14/2018
4.1 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 12.94 miles
Highest Elevation: 5977 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Temecula
Nearest Town w/ Services: Temecula
Official Road Name: 9S07 Palomar Divide
Management Agency: Cleveland National Forest Palomar Ranger District
District: Palomar Ranger District


Highlight: 9S07 - Palomar Divide
9S07 - Palomar Divide is located off Highway 79 in San Diego County, in the Cleveland National Forest near the Riverside County border. The views along this 13 mile trail are spectacular and are ideal for the new 4x4 wheeler to use for a picnic drive or for overnight camping. The waypoints will direct you to a wildlife guzzler, two semi-active gemstone mines, hiking trails, Sourdough Springs, and the Highpoint Lookout. Palomar Observatory is just a short distance beyond the permanently locked gate at trails end, but visitor access is only via Highway 76 to the south.


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The trailhead for 9S07 - Palomar Divide is just east of Sunshine Summit on Highway 79

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Temecula

From Temecula and the 15 Freeway, go east on Temecula Parkway, which is Highway 79 South, 31.4 miles to the trailhead on your right. From Warner Springs go west on Highway 79, 6.5 miles to the trailhead on your left. The sometimes locked gate is 50 yards directly south of the highway.



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Dennis Clark

Mapping Crew - California and Idaho

Dennis Clark was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and after 76 years of living in So Cal he moved to Emmett, Idaho with his wife Patricia, has four adult children with many grand and great grandchildren. He has loved the outdoors since his Cub Scout and Boy Scout days while camping with the family. He's an archer, hunter and fisherman but no longer wishes to harm animals. He has been involved with photography since the 1960's. He became more of a serious hiker in 2010 when he started Geocaching and has hiked the three tallest peaks in So Cal, Mt San Jacinto, Mt San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy, along with most of the lesser peaks in search of caches. Geocaching started his love for the USFS Trail system as he used the trails frequently to get to certain trailheads. He had a 2002 Ford Ranger 2wd and its amazing where that little pickup took him. In 5 years of weekly geocaching he was only stuck once in some Palm Springs sand. His 2016 Wrangler Sport Unlimited was purchased in 2015. He has become quite lazy in the hiking department as he can now drive to most locations. He's looking forward to posting some trails and don't hesitate to ask him for any help you might need.
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