Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | November 29, 2019

Chains Required on Palomar


CHAINS REQUIRED If you aren’t a resident or property owner up here, you must have chains to come to Palomar today.  CHP has a road block at the bottom of the grade (no snow there).  Everyone will be turned away if you don’t have chains.  Even if you have a 4WDrive, if you are not a resident, you won’t be able to get up to snow.  So sorry.

RESIDENTS and PROPERTY OWNERS need to show a drivers license or copy of their tax bill or utility bill to prove residency.  Employees would need a copy of a pay stub or other proof of employment.  No exceptions.

VACATION RENTAL GUESTS need to show their rental confirmation and must have chains.

MIDWEEK is always best to visit snow on Palomar.  4 wheel drives are always the smartest (maybe rent one?) and you’ll need chains.  Real chains are way better than the bungie cord chains.  The road to the Observatory is always closed now to non residents on snow days.  We have very little parking.  Thank you for your understanding.  To see snow this weekend, you might try Big Bear or Idyllwild.

HOW MUCH SNOW ON PALOMAR?  We have 10 inches on our patio table and it is to snow throughout the day.  The three county snowplows run 24 hours but roads are not safe without 4WDrives and chains.

Please visit Snow Tips for lots more info.


  1. Reminds me of 1980 when we were on the mountain: I like to put the chains on just before we get iinto snow. Not good driving on hard top w. chains if no snow.

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