Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
STATE:
ACTIVITY:
SEARCH:
California > California Scenic Byways > Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Activity Locator:

Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway


Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
   Customized Topo Maps and Aerial Photos
Outdoor Gear and Clothing

Search by Name within California:



Trip Planner

Hotels Airline Tickets Car Rentals
B&Bs Yellow Pages City Guide


Quick Facts
Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: Possible area use fees.
Length, One-Way: 48 Miles (80.0 Kilometers)
Time: 80 minutes @ 35 mph


General Information

Aptly named, Route 74 carries the motorist from an elevation of 4,000 feet to near sea level
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Aptly named, Route 74 carries the motorist from an elevation of 4,000 feet to near sea level
Description - This area of California desert boasts 350 sunny days every year and almost no humidity. The scenery is unforgettable, from snow-capped mountains in the distance to brilliant blue skies and a periodic lush oasis to break up the desert browns with a splash of color. Visitors can enjoy the rugged outdoors and harsh desert geography, or visit the resort towns located just off the byway-- or do both! Opportunities abound for hiking, jeep tours, spas, museums, shopping, celebrity tours, art galleries, casinos, horseback riding, skydiving, and hot-air ballooning.

Attractions - The portion within the San Bernardino National Forest, characterized by its various species of oak and pine, serves as an excellent example of the forest land in many of the mountain areas of the state. Distant views of the San Jacinto Valley far to the west, and the higher peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains to the north and northeast exist from this portion of the highway.

From the east boundary of the San Bernardino National Forest to Route 111, the highway drops spectacularly 4,000 feet down "Seven Level Hill" which is so named because the highway makes seven switchbacks on the face of the mountain. On extremely clear days, mountains 200 miles away in Mexico, can be seen from the top of "Seven Level Hill." Because of the wide range in elevation of this section, from over 4,000 feet to nearly sea level, the motorist can view in a few miles all of the various types of vegetation typical of the southern Mojave Desert from the yucca, typical of higher elevations, to the mesquite and sagebrush of the lower elevations.

Recreation - The Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway is known for it's natural, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is generally hot in the summer and mild in the winter. During the summer, valley temperatures can soar above 100 degrees while remaining pleasant in the mountains. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. During the winter months higher elevations experience snow and freezing temperatures.

Location - Route 74-Part of Palm to Pines Scenic Byway is located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. It lies roughly between the cities of Hemet and Indio traveling from the western edge of the San Bernardino National Forest to the junction with State Route 111 in Palm Desert. (The portion from Junction SR 243 to SR 111 is also a U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway.)

From Interstate 215 south of San Bernardino, take Highway 74 eastbound past Homeland and Hemet. Follow 74 to the intersection with Highway 243, where the byway begins, and stay on 74 to Highway 111, where the byway ends.

Directions from :


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Scenic Driving Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Yes


More Information

Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

Advertisement





About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2017 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.