Palomar Mountain is home to beautiful wooded forests and mountain meadows. In this lush forest you will find revitalizing springs, streams and ponds surrounded by flowing grassy fields and towering deciduous trees. Ferns and wildflowers such as western dogwoods, azaleas, lilies and lupine carpet the shaded forest floor and are home to a variety of wild animals.
The hills are abundant with oak, pine, cedar, fir and several others that deliver a remarkably vibrant sight. The songs of many beautiful birds echo through the trees, with the occasional sighting of our resident bald Eagles. The Spanish word “Palomar” means “pigeon roost,” which was derived from a time when Palomar Mountain was known as the home of the beautiful band-tailed pigeons.
The air at 5,000ft+ elevation is so unpolluted and pure that the mountain’s highest point has been home to one of our neighbors, the world famous Palomar Observatory, for nearly 100 years. At night, millions of stars, both still and shooting, can be seen in the midst of nature or on our deck with a blanket and a hot cup of cocoa. Unobstructed peaks offer incredible ocean views from Mexico all the way out to the San Gabriel Mountains. Palomar Mountain was even rated as one of the best mountain trips by Sunset magazine.