As I’ve mentioned before, East Grade Road up to Palomar Mountain has quite a reputation with the sport bike crowd. A 2014 episode of the Fox Sports series “Shut Up and Drive” featured the road, and a new San Diego Union-Tribune story documents the danger—and death—on the twisty road.
I still recommend Palomar as a great San Diego day trip destination and hope you’ll consider Journey to the Stars for your driving and reading pleasure. However, as I say in the book, East Grade Road can be a dangerous place. Take South Grade Road up and down, or the unpaved Nate Harrison Grade to the west.