Palomar Mountain

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distance 20.4 km
start height 274 m
end height 1601 m
highest point 1601 m
ascent 1344 m
distance uphill 19.34 km
average ascent percentage 6.9 %
maximum ascent percentage 24.4 %

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The climb to the top of Palomar Mountain Road is 12.5 miles if you start in Pauma Valley on State Route 76. The ascent starts on SR 76 just west of Valley Center Road. The climb is made up of two distinct sections. The first section on SR 76 is 5.8 miles and the second section on Palomar Mountain Road is 6.8 miles. Palomar Mountain Road is also known as South Grade Road. There is a flat section of approximately 1/2 mile between the sections. The climb on Palomar Mountain Road is often compared to Alpe dHuez. Both have 21or so switchbacks and the mountains are similar in elevation. Palomar has more pine trees at the top, but there are no Alpine glaciers nearby. Alpe dHuez is a bit longer and much steeper. However for Southern California standards, this is one of the best climbs around.

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start point 15730-15824 State Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061, USA
end point 21538-21544 County Highway S7, Cleveland National Forest, Pauma Valley, CA 92061, USA

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