9S07 - Palomar Divide

4.1/5 (16 reviews)
Temecula, California (SanDiego County)
Last Updated: 05/14/2018
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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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4.1/5 (16 reviews)
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 01/10/2023

closed 1/10/22
Trail Review: 9S07 - Palomar Divide - Tommy
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail on Saturday 8/27/22, connected to the High Point Trail. The road between the two trails is probably a bit more difficult than either of them. Good run, beautiful day. Nissan Frontier and a Toyota Tundra
Status: Temporary Closure
Rated 2/5
Visited: 02/14/2022

The gate was closed, so we took a nice walk. I’ll try again in a couple of weeks and will report back.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 12/19/2021

Trail was closed
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 12/31/2020

This trail looks very promising. We are eager to give it another try. On the plus side, it's beautiful. It's not technical at all . On the minus side, the road is very "one lane" and there are not many places to pass another vehicle, which means a lot of backing up. We only encountered two vehicles and we got lucky with passing. We turned around after about 4.3 miles because the road was getting icy -- the photo looks pretty tame, but the thought of backing up for a quarter mile on a slippery shelf road . . . well, better to live to chicken out another day. It was only going to get worse as our elevation increased. Most of the 4 miles we covered were actually paved, but the asphalt is falling apart - easy driving, but unpleasant. The views are killer though - gorgeous landscape. We plan to return after everything melts and dries up a bit. We'll aim for a weekday to minimize the chances of having to back up for those long distances -- no fun in that. Other than the photos here on the website, I have no idea what to expect up on the higher ground -- I'm eager to find out!
Trail Review: 9S07 - Palomar Divide - Steven Forrest

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