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 | May 25, 2017

Fire Lookout Towers in Service

Curt Waite  Scott McClintock

Curt Waite and Scott McClintock are just two of the volunteers who are trained to ‘watch for smokes’ from the towers on Palomar.  I asked for photos to share with you of them in the tower.  What a view!  See their updates below.  Thanks to ALL volunteers!   Bonnie

From: Curt Waite

The Boucher and High Point Fire Lookout Towers are in service.  Visitors are welcome. Please see update below from Scott.


Curt Waite, Administrative Coordinator

Forest Fire Lookout Assn.- San Diego Chapter

FROM: Scott McClintock

A May 24th article in the San Diego Union titled “Dire County Fire Season Predicted”  has plenty of folks on their toes. It describes how 6 years of drought coupled with record winter rainfall to create worrisome wildfire conditions this summer and fall. We’ve seen the smallish smoke plumes all winter as Forest Service crews have been strategically burning fire breaks on some of Palomar’s ridgelines. And we’ve heard a lot about creating “defensible space” to protect our properties. It is also good to know that our band of 90 volunteers are on duty in the mountain’s two lookout towers quietly doing their best to spot young fires and give responders the advantage of an early attack.

The San Diego-Riverside Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association completed their annual classroom training in April and dedicated the month of May to training the dozen new “recruits” in the towers while simultaneously watching for smokes. This task is completed and the lookout veterans are now filling the schedules, peering through their binoculars virtually every day until Thanksgiving or after.

The Forest Service’s High Point Lookout, located on the northeast summit of the mountain is very remote and is off-limits to visitors. However, Boucher Hill Lookout is located in the State Park and welcomes visitors to drive up, talk to the volunteer lookout/docents, and get a tour of the charming and historic 1948 structure. While you’re there, be sure to thank our silent sentinels for their contributions toward minimizing large and destructive wildfires during this “…dire fire season.”

Scott McClintock

Chairman, FFLA-SDRC

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 25, 2017

Friends of George Evangelou

george Evangelou, Jr.

George Evangelou enjoyed several decades of wonderful memories with family and friends at their cabin on Palomar.  The past few years he served as Treasure on the PMPO and his expertise and insight will be missed.

From:  Glenn Borland, PMPO Chair

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of George Evangelou, our acting treasure.  We will miss his continually upbeat outlook and attitude.

From: Rosemary Johnston

I know George was a much beloved figure on Palomar. I had the honor of serving on the Palomar Mountain Planning Organization with George. He had a good head on his shoulders and loved the mountain community. He always had a slightly bemused look on his face, and I could see why he was known as ‘Uncle Fun’ in his family.

Click for George Evangelou Memorial Blog and information for the Celebration of his Life in June.

More tributes are available here.

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 25, 2017

Annual Pancake Breakfast & PMPO Mtg Saturday

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Everyone is invited to our Annual Pancake Breakfast and PMPO meeting this Saturday morning!

We’ll look forward to seeing you there bright and early for a delicious breakfast.  Pancakes, sausage, and fresh strawberries, OJ and coffee.  8 am to 10 am   Adults are $3.00 and children $1.00.

The Palomar Mountain Planning Organization (PMPO) Annual meeting follows breakfast at 10 am.  Stay tuned for the agenda.

Location: Palomar Mountain Fire Station

21610 Crestline Road

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 19, 2017

Free Drapes

Free Drapes

These are floor to ceiling drapes, light tan in color, complete with 8 foot traverse rod. The fabric is not completely opaque, some light gets through. Like new condition.

Fred Brown 20130 State Park Road 760-742-1328


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 18, 2017

Wamolynn Cabin For Sale

A little red cabin in the woods is for sale.  Recently I sold the cabin below it named, “Woodlynn”.  The seller, Alicelynn Cockrill said her folks built this red cabin so sent Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2017

Gold Prospecting

asher gold miners

Gold on Palomar?

In the summer of 1904, Palomar prospectors were mining for gold Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 15, 2017

Post Office Tour tomorrow!


Our little post office is one of the smallest in the United States.  Tomorrow you’re welcome to join us for a tour.

The Palomar Mountain Kids Club will be visiting our Post Office on Tuesday, May 16th!!  Mayolo will be giving the kids a behind-the-scenes tour of how things work in our tiny mountain post office at the summit.   Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 15, 2017

Mom’s Day 2017

Hoping you have all had a wonderful weekend.

Since I have the pen here with Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 13, 2017

Sunday visits about 100 years ago

robert asher palomar mountain pioneer

Maybe Robert Asher picked a big bouquet of fresh lilac when he went a’calling after Read More…

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 12, 2017

What, no hat???


No hat?  No worries!  Lots of hats to choose from waiting for you at the Tea.  Oh, and jewels.  You must have jewels.  They are waiting for you to choose from tomorrow, too.

Mothers Day Tea at 2 on the Mountain.

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