This big 13-mile climb up Mount Palomar to the Palomar Observatory is designed for cyclists who want a really challenging, yet rewarding workout. Nothing but uphill for 13 miles and nothing but fast downhill on the way back.
What Makes It Great
Every local San Diego cyclist seeks to accomplish this 6,140 ft peak. The "Tour of California" Stage 8 section also rides up Mount Palomar to the summit. This ride is not for everyone, and it is definitely one of San Diego's most challenging and toughest rides. But as aforementioned, it's definitely worth it! If you begin with the sunrise on a pretty day, you may even find yourself climbing through layers of thick fog before finally breaking through the cloud and seeing piercing blue skies and stunning airplane-like views.
Who is Going to Love It
It's a good, consistent climb so those who love the challenge of uphill riding -- and a speedy descent after -- will love Mount Palomar. The ride is a classic test of power and strength, with plenty of incredible views to take in along the way.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
This ride gegins at the intersection Hwy 76 and Valley Center Drive in the Pauma Valley. 110 miles from LAX and 50 miles from San Diego International Airport.