Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | December 1, 2009

What do you love about Palomar?  How about the views?  You see Point Loma out there with the San Diego skyline and islands dotting the Pacific – so close and yet so far away –  up here in the beauty of the Four Seasons! Have a message to go out?  Simply send it my way.   If you don’t see it posted within 24 hours, please call my ‘follow-me’ number at 76O 742 one 742. Glad to keep the news heading your way about our favorite mountain!   Bonnie Phelps,  Palomar Mountain News Editor since 1998 and Palomar Mountain Real Estate since the beginning of the Century.
Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 14, 2018

Is this cabin saying “Be Mine”?


Would you like a property on Palomar for Valentines Day?  This one is just too cute!

It is also already spoken for.  Son Nathan, recruited his oldest nephew to help assemble this Costco find.  It was a surprise Christmas gift for his youngest nephew, little Atticus. He is in love with his mini cabin so we’ll have to find something else for you!

There are a few things to catch your eye on and more in the wings. Please click through then let’s connect.

We did wake to a lovely surprise snow day.  I just updated Cabin Fever’s Vacation Rental with this morning’s Winter Wonderland.  Think it is mostly only a memory now but we are all on stand-by for the next snow.

Many of you remember back to another surprise 10 years ago on Valentines Day 2008 when we had a foot of snow and candy kisses on all of our mail boxes! Ah, the old-fashioned fun on our sweet little mountain! There is always room for more!  Come join us!


Very Happy Valentines Day to You!

Bonnie Phelps

Resident Realtor




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 12, 2018

See smoke?

It should be ok if it is coming off Canfield Road from Fry Creek area:

From:  Tim Gray

The US Forest Service will be burning brush piles near Fry Creek for the next 4 days.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 12, 2018

Items for Sale




From: Mark and Pam Thompson

Two motorcycles for sale:

Two 2012 XT250 Miles 6K

$2,800 and $2,600


Lightly used RV Dinette from a 2017 Jayco 41 1/2″ x 75 1/2″

Interested parties please call or text (760) 822-3029




Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 4, 2018

Doane Pond in January


Doane Pond Robert Gonsett

We are looking to see a bit of snow ’round the pond real soon, but sure had very beautiful days in January!  Thank you Robert for sending our way.

From: Robert Gonsett

The air temperature was ideal for hiking and the lighting just right when my wife captured this photo of Doane Pond on January 18, 2018. We are truly blessed with such a beautiful mountain. Enjoy!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | February 3, 2018

Palomar Film Scoring Workshop


Interested in composing music for film or television?  One of our very talented and creative weekenders on Palomar just happens to be a working Hollywood composer!  He is also the Director and Founder of Palomar Film Music Workshop that is about to sell out for the 5th year in a row…   Who do you know that would love to attend?

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | January 31, 2018

State Park on a High Note

FROM: Friends of the State Park

Thanks to all of you, Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park ended 2017 on a high note! Check out this article in the Ramona Journal about last year’s accomplishments: 

We have quite a few projects planned for 2018 and appreciate all of your support to make these projects happen!

Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park

P.O. Box 91

Palomar Mountain, CA 92060

Thank you for your generosity!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | January 30, 2018

Do you know this “Billboard”?

Such an interesting billboard along-side what looks to be a well-traveled road back in the days.  The rock looks very smooth and perhaps had different messages painted during the time of the use of that road.  This one says “BEST WHIPS HARNESS SHOP”. The boulder is big enough, it could perhaps still be in place.  Please see map and quest below from our Palomar Historian, Peter.

Who can give us a clue to the whereabouts?  Thank you!


In the attached image, is the old South Grade dropping down south from Nellie, and the photo site could be along the bottom stretch there:

01 map

From: Peter Brueggeman

Subject: is this c1890s photo at base of Palomar Mtn old South Grade?

Hello, I’m acquiring two old photos, one of Palomar Mtn South Grade in 1896, and the other possibly also of Palomar. Thus I’m asking if you recognize the landscape of the latter.

The two photos were taken by the young San Marcos photographer Percy Smith Cox who went up Palomar Mtn on a camping trip in 1896 and took several photos, with some photos famously of people travelling up the steep South Grade up Palomar. Cox had opened up a photography business in Escondido earlier in the 1890s, and then went on to Mexico City for his photography work/business. Another story there…

Anywho, do you recognize the landscape in the attached photo as being around the base of south grade on Palomar?

It could also be anywhere else in the general Escondido area….


……. Peter Brueggeman La Mesa, California, USA peterbman(at)

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | January 29, 2018

Alerts, High Wind and Internet Hot Spot

Property owners signed up for the Reverse 911 Alerts have had phone calls and emails from SDG&E about possibly having the power out relating to the High Wind Warnings.  So far our power has been on as winds don’t seem as strong as earlier predicted.

What the messages did also mention was that SDG&E had a couple locations far, far, away for internet hot spots and charging stations.

When power is out, our generator is humming and we have a free hot spot here for you with patio outlets for charging.  Drive in our driveway and check out ‘Palomar Friend’.  No password needed and we are real close by at the top of the mountain.  It is not uncommon to come home and see someone sitting at our patio table checking their messages.  You are welcome, too.  If you don’t know where we live, please message me and I’ll provide directions.

You own or rent property up here and didn’t get the Alerts?  It is simple and no charge to sign up for Alert San Diego.  Be sure to sign up for the alerts for each address you own for Alerts specific to each area.



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | January 28, 2018

Free Stove

From: Chuck Black

I’m replacing the Tappan gas stove (stainless steel, 5 burner top) because I don’t like the digital stuff.  Works ok, oven handle came off, definitely used.  Converted for propane, of course.  Free to anyone who wants to pick it up, if you know of anybody.  I’ll be up there Tuesday afternoon late to do this probably, but people could pick it up anytime.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | January 28, 2018

Kids Club Tuesday!


From: Stacy Eriksen

Got a little one? Join us for storytime as we sing, clap our hands, wiggle around, and listen to some great stories! Afterwards, everyone (big kids, little kids, and parents) are invited to join us as we karaoke!

* Tuesday, January 30th * Observatory Outreach Center on Canfield Rd * 9am for storytime * 9:30ish for karaoke * Bring a snack to share — no nuts, please!

The Palomar Mountain Kids Club meets every Tuesday at various locations around the mountain. Come play with us!

For more info, call 0214 or email

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