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.

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Such amazing views from this beautiful home now with a price reduction!  Owners are moving out of state… tomorrow! So, this mountain craftsman will be sparkling clean and ready for you to make it yours!

An 80-photo virtual tour is waiting for you.  Will you live here full time, like the last two owners, or make it your weekend getaway?

Come take in the views and see for yourself….

Bonnie Phelps, Realtor



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2018

Plogging on Palomar


Jogging or power walking while picking up trash has a name!!!  Plogging apparently originated in Sweden.  It is a combination of the Swedish word for picking up – “plocka upp,” and jogging. Click to read all about Plogging.

Over the years I’ve noticed several very dedicated ‘Ploggers’ out and about on Palomar.  Thanks to those folks, Palomar is kept pretty litter-free but it keeps coming back.  Of course Monday mornings and especially after holiday and snow weekends, there is a lot more to find.  So, we could use a lot more Ploggers!!!

The finds in the photo I couldn’t resist one day when I was taking snow pix. I jumped out of my car and gathered them up from around the parking area outside the entrance to the State Park. Trash is even more noticeable on a blanket of snow and it must go away!

All Ploggers are welcome and much appreciated on this mountain!  Come on out and join in the fun.  Tuck a bag in each pocket of your jeans when you’re heading out.  You’ll be amazed how quick you can fill those bags.

Like a Plogging partner?  Let’s go!



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 17, 2018

Extra Debris?

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Palomar Mountain Dumpster Day

Coming up soon!


The Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council is sponsoring a defensible space “clean

up” day on Saturday, June 9th. Get rid of all that “stuff” surrounding your house

that is a fire hazard: brush, pallets, old furniture and small appliances. A large roll

off dumpster will be parked at 21610 Crestline Road, by the fire station, for

community use. The dumpster will be opened at 9:00 AM and closed at 5:00 PM or

sooner if full. Come early!

Items NOT accepted:

Tires, hazardous waste, paint, chemicals and e-waste.

This free event is made possible by the Palomar Mountain Fire Safe Council.

Donations are gladly accepted.

(Dumpster day originally planned for Memorial Day weekend but due to

unforeseen delays in obtaining the dumpster, the date has been changed.)



Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 12, 2018

Kids Club Garden Day with Jody


All kids are invited for a special gardening day this Tuesday, May 15th.

Meet at 10 am at Jody’s house. She has some fun gardening activities planned with the kids! they will get to learn what dirt is made from, too!  Yay!

Jody thinks she has enough pots for one for each child to take home.  Just in case, if any of you want to bring a couple extra, they just might get used.

Also, bring snacks to share with no nuts, please.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 9, 2018

Palomar in Bloom!


A charming six year old handed me this mini bouquet yesterday.  Beautiful, isn’t it?  (Thank you Kate!)  Last year we had a foot of snow on the ground this first week of May, but this year Palomar is in full bloom!

Lots of beautiful spring color to discover up here, a mile nearer heaven!  I suggested a city friend count the number of different wild flowers on her way up the South Grade.  When she arrived, she said “17”.  Yes, you can see so many flowers blooming – and more budding out very soon.  There are even more to discover when you take off on a hike and look through a child’s eyes at the tiny bursts of color carpeting this mountain.

We know Spring is on the way when the first color appears at the bottom of the grades.  The flowers bloom and the trees leaf out at the lower elevations first… in another couple days the trees at the top will be dressed in the vibrant bright green of Spring.

Come on up for the wild flower show, fresh mountain air, our beautiful views and maybe, just maybe, you’ll decide you must have a piece of paradise for your very own!

Such a beautiful time for a Real Estate Tour!  Painters were delayed by our inch of rain last week but now on the way to a home for sale so the exterior will be all fresh and new.  A 20 gallon per minute well was drilled at a cabin yesterday! We have a perk test and well cert on that beautiful Panorama Trail land, a surveyor was up marking corners at another cabin-in-the-woods …  lots of new options in the works for your summer fun so let’s go see!

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Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 8, 2018

Kids Grade 4 through 12???


Would your kids like to go to one of the fun, week-long camps on Palomar this summer?  Check out Base Camp and the very adventurous Adventure Camps for boys.  A great deal is waiting for you when you sign up for both.

How about Horse Camp?  Lots of fun in store and a pre-summer discount available now!

Click for the info then click through to watch some great previews of all the fun waiting for you on Palomar!  Book your dates and your kids might be at the same camp as our free-range, mountain raised grandkids for even more fun!


This just in: Jodie’s Kindermusik Day Camp had a couple more kids register and room for a few more!  Oh, and Kids Club on Tuesdays… lots of fun on Palomar for kids of all ages this summer!

Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 5, 2018

Kindermusik Camp on Palomar!


Do you have kids up to eight years old?  Would they like to go to music camp on the mountain?  One of our very musical and talented mountain neighbors, Jodi Villarreal, is offering a Kindermusik Camp this summer at their home on Palomar. It is sure to be loads of fun!

June 18th to 22nd from 930 am to 1130 am

Camp will include: Beginning music with rhythm instruments, singing, games, stories, crafts and snack.

$120.00 per student ages 0-8 (Birth to not quite 2 years old requires parent participation) Ages 2 to 8 can be dropped off.

Please check out her Facebook page Over the Rainbow Music presents Kindermusik

We need a minimum of five students confirmed to run camp.  Two students are already signed up and YOUR children are invited!!

Call or text Jodi to register 760 215-2640


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 3, 2018

Need a car towed off the Mountain?

From: Mike Appelman

I’m going to have a flatbed tow truck brought on the mountain to bring up a work storage box, I’m checking if anyone might need a car hauled back to the city?


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 2, 2018

Tribute to 1944 Airmen

Nearly 74 years ago two military planes tragically collided over Palomar. Mike LaPlant is one of the property owners in the crash location.  He installed a tribute on his land to the dozen young men who lost their lives.

Thank you Mike.


Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 2, 2018

Big Cat for Crossing?

Frank McCarthy mtn lionPalomar Mountain seems to have quite a growing population of mountain lions.  We see tracks and lions up here much more frequent now – right around cabins and homes with children and pets. Thanks to neighbor Frank McCarthy for sharing a recent photo off his trail cam.   I’d be glad to volunteer to make signs pointing to the big cat crossing. You with me?

From: Rosemary Johnston

Land purchase makes a big cat crossing across I-15 possible – The San Diego Union-Tribune


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