These documents are in a format that can be downloaded to your PC, Kindle, Nook, ipad and most digital readers. There is too much information to try to learn it all. I recommend reading material based on your interest. The hyperlinks take you to the articles provided you have an Internet connection.

Historical Perspective

Palomar History
Robert Asher, is lengthy (100 pages) but provides the most comprehensive information about some of the most colorful characters who first settled Palomar Mountain. The book can be consumed in small bites; each section is self-contained. Tags: History, Settlers, Places, Photos.


Major Fires in San Diego.
A list of San Diego?s most destructive fires. Note the months having the most fires. Tags: Fires, Acres Burned.


The Culture of the Luiseo Indians
Written in 1908 and is a good historical description of the indigenous Native American who inhabited Palomar Mountain prior to being settled by the families discussed in My Palomar above. The excerpt from a book is 40 pages long and covers many topics. Tags: Luiseo Indians, Native American Culture.


High Point and Taakwish Pu?shappila
A brief two-page account of a Native American legend about High Point. Tags: Native Americans, Legends, Places.


Uncle Nate of Palomar
A good history of one of the most famous settlers on Palomar Mountain. Nate Harrison Grade is a dirt road that accesses Boucher Hill if you have a high clearance vehicle. Nate occupied an area near Boucher Hill. Tags: Settlers, Places.


Palomar Pioneers: The Water Bearer
An article about Nate Harrison with some information not contained in Uncle Nate of Palomar. In particular, one gets a feel for Nate’s personality and life on the mountain. Tags: Settlers, Places.


State Building Highway Link to [Palomar Observatory]
A historical article (probably written in the 1930’s) describing plans to build a road to the top of Palomar mountain. The road was needed to move the 200-inch telescope to its present location. South Grade Road now follows the approximate path of the road described in the article. The article cites historical statistics about the observatory. Tags: Observatory, Photos.


Palomar Observatory History
An excellent overview of the history of the observatory. This document is worth printing since so many visitors ask about the observatory. Tags: Observatory, History.


Palomar, from Teepee to Telescope
A 78-page comprehensive history of Palomar Mountain and surrounding areas. There is overlap with Robert Asher’s book (My Palomar) but, if you are interested in the history of the area, you will find enough new material to make it worth a read. Tags: History, Settlers, Native Americans, Places, Photos.


Other historical documents:
Palomar Mountain, Past and Present;
Pedley Valley;
History of Palomar Mountain (Sadler – 1940’s);
Palomar Mountain Memoir (Beckler);
Palomar Mountain Memoir (Stuart);
Bailey Family, Our History; A Luiseo Legend.


General Information


Information about the park designed for visitors . Our FFLA chapter is mentioned as one of two ways to become a state park volunteer.

Palomar Mountain State Park rules and regulations, plus a map of Doane Valley Campground.

Reservations for campgrounds in the park

Botany information can be found here. The data is technical so dive in if you approach plants as a science and want technical information.

A good description of wildlife and other information of interest to hikers.

The first part of this web page has nice photos of wildflowers fount on Palomar Mountain.