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:
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 (76-150 cm) of precipitation falling on the higher elevations. The upper mountain areas can receive snowfall during winter storms.