#8
PALMER RD.

Date reviewed - 2/06
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Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .Medium
Traffic . . . . . . None
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Poor to Fair
Length . . . . . .9 miles
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Sometimes letting someone who doesn't know where to go lead the group can work to your advantage, as it did in this case. Since Tepusquet was closed, we followed the leader as she took a "wrong" turn and we were rewarded with a new road to explore.

While Thomas Guide shows this road to be a primary route, this 9-mile stretch of road is not exactly well traveled. Those of us that seek out roads like this will consider this good news, but that also means the road condition is less than perfect. However with good line of sight in most sections, two dedicated lanes with striping, and very little traffic this is a fun place to find yourself. Using the 101 Fwy. as the southern leg, Palmer also makes a nice loop with Cat Canyon as part of a long "detour" for Foxen to Tepusquet (currently under repair at the southern end).

This area seems to still be oil country, not many houses out here but plenty of oil wells and service buildings. Most of the infrastructure seems to be shut down but we still saw several company trucks running around the area; they seemed to be about the only thing moving out here. At one rest brake we were all amused, if you could call it that, at the old and faded sign warning us of possible poison gas. We all seemed to survive just fine so I wouldn't let that fact deter you from checking this road out.

- Back to Region

 
Red: Tepusquet Rd.
Blue: Foxen Canyon Rd.
Orange: Palmer Rd.
Green: Cat Canyon Rd.
Yellow: Alisos Canyon Rd.

 
 
A nice stroll through the country.