Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2021

Fun things to do on Palomar Mountain

What is there to do on Palomar Mountain? For those of us who live up here, we often share that our wonderful life on Palomar is a delightful step back in time. When we step out, there is so much waiting to explore. Here is just a quick peek:

Palomar Summit

General Store – Gifts from around the world, ice cream, s’mores supplies and all things camping.

Mother’s Kitchen Restaurant – Remodeling now to open real soon!

Post Office – One of the smallest post offices in the US. No line to mail a package or buy stamps. Also a lending library, bring a book and leave a book.

Two ‘Field Trips’ to visit:

Cecelia’s Farm – Delightful farm to visit with eggs, cheese, milk, and a loom room. So fun for all ages!

Glenn’s Organic Coffee – Organic coffee from around the world, roasted on the mountain and available for your sipping pleasure.

All About Palomar:

Amateur Radio Club – Zoom in to learn all about it.

Christian Conference Center – Book Adventure Camp or Horse Camp for your kids or retreats for your church group.

Explore the Stars – Monthly, April through October at Observatory Campground. Visitors welcomed.

Flowers of the Mountain – Daffodils, tulips, dogwoods plus delightful wildflowers to discover all along the the way.

Forest Fire Lookouts – Boucher Lookout is staffed May – Oct in the State Park. Amazing Views!

Friends of Palomar State Park – Camping, hiking, picnicking and info on how you can get involved

Kid’s Firewood Stand – Mountain firewood, fresh eggs, fall apples. Open 27/7 since 2017. It’s also a fun photo booth.

Mountain History – Curl up in a chair and get lost in stories of days gone by. Historical photos, books and so much more.

Mountain Lions – Stay safe and how to report

Nate Harrison – Born a Slave, died a Pioneer. Hours of reading and archeology digs to observe occasionally.

Nate Harrison Grade – 9 miles of adventure

Observatory – Lots of fun reading at this link with some personal photos from a family who watched the mirror travel through Oceanside. The Observatory is not quite open yet to the public. Stay turned.

Observatory Trail

Palomar Mountain News – Scroll the archives as there might be a concert or fun event to get in on. Simply subscribe for all the news of our favorite mountain right to your inbox.

Palomar Mountain Park – From East Grade, go up Crestline Road to Mile Marker 4, turn left. Open 9:30 to 7:00 day use.

Picnic Ground – Day Use picnic area with tables and bathrooms. On Summit Circle, to the left of Fire Department.

Snow Info and Pix – Chains usually required and mid-week is best. Be sure to see all the photo links.

State Park Trails – Silvercrest to the French Valley Trail. Miles of hiking adventure awaits

State Park Trail and Picnicking Map – Picnic around Doane Pond or at Silvercrest

Vacation Rentals – Book your favorite for your next escape!

Wildlife – Animals and birds you may encounter out and about.

This is just the beginning of a resource that can also be used for folks visiting Palomar and as a link provided to vacation rental guests.

Stay tuned for additions and updates. Do YOU have something to add or correct? Just send it my way.

Enjoy getting out and about on the Mountain!

Bonnie Phelps,

Realtor on Highway to the Stars


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