Mt. Palomar at 5,617′ looms over the Temecula Valley. You can see the huge white observatory from the valley floor and surrounding foothills. Check this link for more information about the Hale telescope that is run by California Institute of Technology: Palomar Observatory I have yet to make it to the observatory as they close at 3:00 – sunset is later!
One of the things I like best about Mt. Palomar is that if you take the east road down off the mountain, you come upon Warner Ranch. Wide open spaces where cattle roam – but more about that another time. Up on the mountain, as long as winding, steep roads don’t bother you, there are some beautiful sights . Weather of any kind in southern California is cause for photographers to get excited. When nearly everyday is sunny and mild, then clouds, rain, fog, wind and snow are fun to see.
The monument reads: Gregory Pacheco, a Picuris Pueblo Tribe firefighter who gave his life in the 1999 La Jolla Fire.