On the last corner 600m from the top, there was an Artesian spring that we would occasionally go down to fill up our water bottles from the faucets.
|Old rock fence possibly from the late 1930's with user faucet access|
photo from SmorgZone. Includes his info on a San Diego Gran Fondo training ride.
A few years later, the faucets were closed off so we just grabbed water from the store at the top.
At a raw food talk in 2009, I heard David Wolfe mention that he still got his spring water from Palomar Mountain. A person from the audience said the faucets were closed off. David said to just walk around the fence and go straight to the source of the spring - duh, funny I never thought of that.
|teeny trickle from the small pipe. Hmmm... where does that large pipe go???|
video of a guy and gal gathering spring water at Palomar
When a trip to Palomar was too far, I checked out the more accessible local water source at Carlsbad Alkaline water taps for 50 cents a gallon.
Apparently, "the water comes from an aquifer that drains naturally from the Cleveland National Forest at 500-1700 feet below the surface".
The water was ok, did not have that great "feel" as when tasting water from a spring coming direct from their spring source.
I was surprised to find the water out of these taps at a warm temperature as most springs I've been at have been quite cool in temperature.
I'd preferably make the trip to Palomar whenever I'm on-route there.