California 76 East - Pala to Lake Henshaw

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California 76 east
Traveling east from Interstate 15, California 76 initially proceeds with four lanes. Widening of this segment of the route was completed in 2009-10. The community of Pala lies six miles ahead. Photo taken 11/11/10.
California 76 serves several Indian reservations: Pala, Pauma, Rincon, San Pasqual and La Jolla. Photo taken 11/11/10.
The divided section of California 76 concludes just east of the bridge across Horse Ranch Creek. The entirety of the route east to Lake Henshaw is a highway safety corridor. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Pankey Road intersects California 76 just ahead of this eastbound reassurance marker. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Construction of Horse Ranch Creek Road north from California 76 by 2015 added a signalized intersection just ahead of the reduction of lanes from four to two. Photo taken 11/11/10.
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California 76 navigates along a winding course to circumvent the southern slopes of Monserate Mountain. Photos taken 11/11/10.
Rice Canyon Road stems north from California 76 into Rice Canyon along eastern reaches of Monserate Mountain. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Turning east from Monserate Mountain, California 76 advances across agricultural areas including farms and orchards. Photo taken 11/11/10.
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California 76 straddles the south slopes of hills overlooking the San Luis Rey River valley leading east into Pala. Photos taken 11/11/10.
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Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Chief Mountain and other peaks rise to the north of Pala as California 76 continues eastward. Photos taken 11/11/10.
Eastbound California 76 enters the Pala Indian Reservation Photo taken 11/11/10.
County Route S-16 (Pala Mission Road) branches northward from California 76 opposite the driveway into Pala Casino. Photo taken 11/11/10.
This vintage span carrying SR 76 across Pala Creek was replaced in 2011. Photo taken 11/11/10.
SR 76 runs just south of the small Pala street grid, intersecting Britain Road in this scene. Pala Mission Road (CR S-16) travels through the heart of the rural community. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Continuing east, California 76 east merges with Pala Mission Road (former California 76). The two lane highway can be quite busy and congested along this stretch. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Leaving Pala, California 76 travels seven miles east to Pauma Valley and 24 miles to Lake Henshaw. Palomar Mountain is a 26-mile drive via CR S-6 north. Photo taken 11/11/10.
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Advancing east, California 76 east leaves Pala Indian Reservation through Marion Canyon ahead of Palomar Mountain and areas of Cleveland National Forest. Photos taken 11/11/10.
California 76 angles southeast into the unincorporated community of Pauma Valley. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Eastbound California 76 approaches Adams Road, a rural loop east to nurseries and orchards along the foothills of Palomar Mountain. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Pauma Reservation Road stems east from California 76 to Casino Pauma and Pauma Indian Reservation. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Cole Grade Road angles southwest from California 76 onto the plateau rising southwest of Pauma Valley. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Orchards and ranches line both sides of California 76 in Pauma Valley as the state route continues southward by Pauma Valley Country Club. Photo taken 11/11/10.
Exiting Pauma Valley, California 76 reaches the settlement of Rincon, where the route commences a winding course northeast toward Palomar Mountain that prohibits buses and recreational vehicles. Photo taken 11/11/10.
County Road S-6 (Valley Center Road) ventures south from the approaching intersection to Valley Center, Rincon Indian Reservation, and San Pasqual Indian Reservation. CR S-6 also leads to Harrah's Rincon Casino & Resort and Valley View Casino. Photo taken 11/11/10.
County Road S-6 links the Palomar Mountain and Pauma Valley area with Escondido 18 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 11/11/10.
SR 76 crosses Yuima Creek ahead of the intersection with CR S-6 (Valley Center Road) south in Rincon. Photo taken 11/11/10.
California 76 east & County Route S-6 north
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An implied overlap takes CR S-6 east five miles along side SR 76 into the foothills of Palomar Mountain. The ensuing 19 miles of SR 76 are not advised for semi trucks and other large vehicles due to numerous hairpin curves and switchbacks. Photos taken 11/11/10.
California 76 travels 15 miles from Rincon to Lake Henshaw. Palomar Mountain lies 16 miles to the north via the continuation of CR S-6. Julian is 33 miles to the southeast via California 79 beyond the end of California 76. Photo taken 11/11/10.
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California 76 gains over 1,600 feet in elevation from Rincon east to the split with County Road S-6 (South Grade Road). Photos taken 11/11/10.
Rincon Ranch Road stems north from California 76 to a number of orchards beyond parallel Yuima Creek. Photo taken 11/11/10.
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Proceeding uphill along California 76 east & County Route S-6 north toward their divide at South Grade Road. Photos taken 11/11/10.
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Paloma Mountain comes into view as California 76 east enters La Jolla Indian Reservation. Photos taken 11/11/10.
County Route S-6 (South Grade Road) branches east from California 76 at a wye intersection. South Grade Road leads CR S-6 by a number of private residences on Palomar Mountain as well as Palomar Mountain State Park and Palomar Observatory. Photo taken 11/11/10.
County Route S-6 takes a winding course 11.3 miles north to end at the entrance to Palomar Observatory. Photo taken 11/11/10.
California 76 east
California 76 continues eastward from San Diego County Route S-6 (South Grade Road) toward Lake Henshaw, Santa Ysabel and Julian. Photo taken 06/16/06.
The eastern extend of California 76 is fairly remote, serving recreation traffic while linking rural communities in San Diego County's backcountry with the urbanized areas closer to the coast. The highway heads through eastern reaches of La Jolla Indian Reservation toward Lusardi Canyon. Photo taken 06/16/06.
This California 76 east reassurance shield was posted at Lake Henshaw Resort, which is located on the west side of the highway near Angel Mountain. The assembly was removed by 2015 and replaced with a bus stop sign. Photo taken 06/16/06.
California 76 runs through meadows between the western periphery of Lake Henshaw and the eastern slope of Angel Mountain. Photo taken 06/16/06.
Eastbound California 76 approaches the turnoff for Mesa Grande Road to the Mesa Grande Indian Reservation. Photo taken 06/16/06.
The Volcan Mountains rise to the east as California 76 advances toward Morettis Junction and California 79. Photo taken 06/16/06.
California 76 concludes at California 79, eight miles south of Warner Springs and seven miles north of Santa Ysabel. Photo taken 06/16/06.
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An end shield for California 76 stands at the rural intersection with California 79 at Morettis Junction. Photos taken 06/16/06.
California 79 travels north toward Los Coyotes Indian Reservation en route to Warner Springs, Sunshine Summit and Temecula. Southward, the state route continues through Santa Ysabel Indian Reservation to California 78, Julian and Cuyamaca. Photo taken 06/16/06.


 


Photo Credits:

06/16/06, 11/11/10 by AARoads

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San Diego County S-6
County Road S-16

Page Updated 07-17-2018.