There are two 'Mount Palomars' as far as I can tell. There's the wimpy one with the observatory, paved road, and tourists, and then there's the higher peak with no tourists, a ten story lookout tower, and a better view. I'd opt for the latter one.
|A view to the north. I'm pretty sure that's the San Bernardino mountains in the background on the right. The Temecula valley is in the distance on the left.|
|A view to the north-east. This shot has been 'enhanced' to reduce the haze.|
|Do not climb the tower if you suffer from vertigo.|
|A valley to the south of Palomar.|
|Hey, at least the smog gives good sunset.|