General Description

2 stories • 3 bedrooms • Full kitchen
2 bathrooms • Rock fireplace

This beautifully restored, cozy 1920's Redwood cabin is nestled in the pines on Palomar Mountain just 1 hour, 45 min. from San Diego. The Cabin has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, full kitchen, a rock fireplace, and is full of atmosphere.


Upstairs: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, full kitchen, living room with double futon sofa, huge native-stone fireplace and enclosed family room looking out at tree level. There is a double-bed loft with ladder for adventurous youth. With 2 sofa sleepers and the loft, it might possibly accommodate 6-8 people.

Down below: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. In this old house the 2 lower bedrooms are not connected to the upstairs by interior stairs, but rather there are exterior stairs around either side of the house. Each bedroom has a door to the outside with an exterior seating area. The lower bedrooms are connected to each other by an interior doorway. For convenience there is a coffee pot and microwave available down stairs. Each bedroom has a double bed. Two very small cots are there for kids.

Heat: Upstairs has a gas-log heater and is very efficient. Down below is well insulated — there is an electric oil heater in one room, and an electric Franklin stove heater in the other. There is hot water everywhere.

Entertainment: TV/Video player, CD/Radio: Upstairs there is a small TV and VHS player and a few classic VHS movies. The TV antenna reception is poor, mostly LA. An antique-looking CD, tape player and radio unit is upstairs. Many board games are available. Outdoors is the best entertainment, hike to roads or go to beautiful Palomar State Park. Please respect neighbors’ privacy and property.

Sign the Guest Book! There is a curious collection of memos, drawings and recollections in the guest book, which are fun to read. I would love to have you sign, share thoughts and contribute a drawing.

Local Information

PDF IconInformation and Activities List: Please click on the icon at right to view a PDF document with the latest information and activities around Palomar Mountain Cabin.

Map and Directions: Please click on the map below for an interactive map and driving directions:

PALOMAR'S LILACS CABIN ON EVERGREEN TRAIL: The Lilacs Cabin was hand built by carpenters in the 1920s. As you enter the cabin you notice the original Redwood walls and timbers placed there by craftsmen 80 years ago. We really worked hard to preserve as much of the original including doors and windows. The land was part of the original 1888 Bailey homestead and the cabin used to be part of the Bailey Palomar Resort. The Bailey resort continues its long and proud tradition … for more information visit the home page for Bailey's Palomar Resort. The Lilacs is historically tied to the resort, but is owned and operated separately. At the Lilacs you'll find a copy of the most comprehensive history of the area, “Palomar Mountain: past and present,” written by Marion F. Beckler. Click here to view it as a PDF document.

PALOMAR'S INDIGENOUS BACKGROUND: Kumeyaay.com tells the story from the Kumeyaay perspective, and is the premiere source for Kumeyaay Indian information. Click here to visit Kumeyaay.com.

Area Activities

Doane Lake

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK: With over 1,600 acres protected for picnic, fishing and camping purposes, Palomar Mountain State Park is a welcome break from busy San Diego city life. Best of all, the park is rarely crowded, making it a hideaway for nature-lovers. The park offers fishing, with bluegill and catfish as the common catch. The park offers thick forests with spruce, cedar, oak and pine trees. Lupine and buttercups bloom on-site. Squirrels and raccoons are some of the wildlife at the park. With a day use fee of $5, all of these park wonders are available to you. Phone: +1 760 742-3462. Hours: 8am-4pm Mon-Thu; 8am-10pm Fri-Sat; 8am-5pm Sun (Summer hours); Other seasons vary. Click here to visit their website and here for more information.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST: The Lilacs and Palomar Mountain are surrounded by the Cleveland National Forest. Click here to visit their website.

LAKE HENSHAW: Lake Henshaw has boat fishing. The lake is located at 26439 Highway 76, Santa Ysabel, CA 92070. Phone: 760-782-3501.

PALOMAR OBSERVATORY:The Palomar Observatory, located in North San Diego County California, is owned and operated by the California Institute of Technology. The Observatory supports the research of the Caltech faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students, and the researchers at Caltech's collaborating institutions. Palomar Observatory is home to the historic Hale 200-inch telescope.

MOTHER'S KITCHEN RESTAURANT AND PALOMAR MOUNTAIN BAKING: Open Saturday and Sunday 8:30 to 5 (Breakfast 8:30 to 11:30); Monday 11 to 4; Tuesday-Wednesday Closed; Thursday-Friday 11 to 4. Click here to visit their website.

PALOMAR MOUNTAIN GENERAL STORE: Specializes in unique gifts from around the world with art and artifacts of man and nature. Wide selection of crystals, gems and fossils, Phone: (760) 742-3496. Click here to visit their website and here for more information.

ADVENTUROUS? Go Tubing at the La Jolla Indian Reservation (really fun!) Hiking: Click here for local trail info. Go for a Palomar Mountain Bike Ride on your return home on the historic and breathtakingly scenic Nate Harrison Grade; click here for details.

LOTS OF CASINOS NEAR TOO: Harrah's Rincon, Pauma, Pala, Acorn and the Smallest casino in state, La Jolla. Click here for casino locations and related info.

here for San Diego North information website.

here for the unofficial Palomar Yellow Pages.

here for the an Indian Reservation map.

here for information on a local road trip.

Click here for many other local web resources.