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Palomar Mountain Road South / East Grade

Description: Palomar Mountain Road (S6) is often coined “the most technical road in Southern California”, although there is more to this route than just screeching tires. You’ll be traveling through some of the most scenic vistas as you traverse this secluded mountain road nestled in the Cleveland National Forest. Palomar Mountain’s astonishing views aren’t limited […]


Mesa Grande Road

Description: Just south of Hwy 76 you’ll find Mesa Grande; an extremely fun stretch of road that traverses a large mesa and passes by the Mesa Grande Indian Reservation. The combination of tight hairpins, switch backs and a luxuriously long straight away make this the ONLY way to get to Dudley’s Bakery from 76. Access: […]

Banner Grade

Description: As 78 approaches Julian it climbs and turns through exceptionally scenic mountain country. At the base of Banner Grade is the California Riding and Hiking Trail – a 1,000 mile trail that begins at Otay Lake and extends up to Chillihua Valley. Originally intended to be a 3,000 mile trial loop from the northern […]


Wynola Road

Description: Access: East out of Julian via Banner Grade (78), left on to Wynola Road. Difficulty: Road Condition: Traffic:   A few narrow sections – be cautious of oncoming traffic. Scenery: Length: 4.1 miles Attractions:


Engineer’s Road

Description: Engineers road is a narrow 1 1/2 lane road that snakes thru the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Traffic is very light and there are several 180 degree, level switchbacks. There are several homes but the majority of the area is wooded mountainside. Access: Boulder Creek Rd / Hwy 79. Difficulty: Numerous elevation changes and […]

Old Julian Highway

Description: Old Julian Highway is a 10 mile stretch of road connecting Julian to Ramona. This is not a road you’ll want to plan your day around, however it’s a great road to incorporate into your existing drive down CA-78 and is in close proximity to several Ramona Valley wineries. Access: 78 south of Santa […]

Highland Valley Road

Description: This two-lane road that snakes its way through many of east counties beautiful avacado and citrus orchards, providing drivers with expansive views of the area’s distant, mountainous vistas. Access: Best enjoyed from the west, take Interstate 15 to Pomerado Road, then a left on to Highland Valley Road toward Romona. Difficulty: This section of […]

Lilac Road

Description: In spite of it’s tame sounding name, Lilac can be fairly challenging, but short. Like Couser Canyon road, Lilac also features a series of tight turns. Both Couser Canyon and Lilac have light traffic so you should be able to enjoy your drive without being stuck behind a slow moving vehicle. Access: Interstate 15 […]

Couser Canyon Road

Description: Access: Interstate 15 to Highway 76, right on Couser Canyon Road. Difficulty: What a Porsche was designed for! (Like skiing moguls) Road Condition: Sharpest turns, no guardrail, steep drop off – very narrow in places. Traffic:   Lots of blind turns – other oncoming cars and sometimes big trucks – drive at 6/10ths max […]


Sandia Creek Dr / De Luz Rd

Description: Sandia Creek drive and DeLuz road are very scenic yet challenging drive. These two highways cut through the rolling hills of Fallbrook and Temecula and are regularly covered by a canopy of trees that outline the road. The constant changes in elevation makes this drive an extremely invigorating drive. Access: Fallbrook, De Luz Road. […]