A Mile High Village in Southern California

Updated: May 11

IDYLLWILD, CA - Population 2,500


Idyllwild is a mile high oasis located in the San Jacinto Mountains. The drive from Palm Springs takes an hour with an almost 5,000 foot elevation gain. Much of the town is surrounded by National Forest and a large wilderness area with lots of wildlife.


There are many hiking trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park, Idyllwild Park, and Lake Fulmor. The adorable town has restaurants and shopping, art galleries and a winery.



Our hike in Idyllwild Park on the Perimeter Trail. There was snow in places, many vistas to admire and some interesting trees.


The Town - We had dinner at Fratello's Ristorante on their patio that included live music. Meanwhile, the Jeep found a friend.


When we left Idyllwild we drove south on California Rt 74 and stopped at the Coachella Valley Vista Point that is located on the switchback section of Rt 74. There are views of Palm Springs and surrounding areas.


We visited Idyllwild on 3/13/22. We left California on 3/15/22 and traveled to Casa Grande, AZ and stayed at the Palm Creek Resort until 4/17/22. We were extremely busy at Palm Creek with all of the snowbird activities and then the Renegade Rally. Thus, the blogging is a little behind. I plan to catch up before we start on the next leg of our adventure that starts on 5/10/22. We'll travel thru Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, arriving in PA on 9/1/22. We hope to see 12 National Parks. This leg will take 3 1/2 months.

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