Palomar Mountain Range
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|Palomar Mountain Range|
|Elevation||6,140 ft (1,870 m)|
The Palomar Mountain Range is a high Peninsular mountain range in northern San Diego County of Southern California. The name, which means pigeon roost in Spanish, was given to it due to the prevalence of band-tailed pigeons.
The peaks are about 3,000 to 6,000 feet (914 to 1,829 m) above sea level, and include:
- 'High Point' being the pinnacle of the range at 6,140 feet (1,871 m).
- Birch Hill (5,710 ft or 1,740 m)
- Boucher Hill (5,436 ft or 1,657 m).
The upper Palomar Mountain range has a marked contrast to the surrounding xeric chaparral and woodlands in its foothills, with California black oaks, closed-cone pines, firs, and other California oaks and conifers in the higher altitudes. This is due to the upper regions receiving considerably more moisture than the coastal lowlands, with 30–60 in (76–152 cm) of precipitation falling on the higher elevations. The upper mountain areas can receive snowfall during winter storms.
- Palomar Observatory
- Palomar Mountain State Park
The Palomar Mountain State Park protects much of the native plant and animal habitat of the range on Palomar Mountain. It also provides recreation activities, such as hiking and camping. The higher areas in the park serve as a cooler natural retreat from the hot summers of Southern California.
- Catherine M. Wood. "Palomar from teepee to telescope". San Diego, California: Frye & Smith, 1937. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
- "Subsection M262Bo - Palomar - Cuyamaca Peak". USDA, Forest Service. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- "Bailey's Palomar Resort". Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- "waynesword.palomar.edu". Retrieved 2007-08-16.