If you’re in the Coachella Valley and your looking for an interesting, educational and sometimes white-knuckle drive, I would recommend the Palms to Pines highway. It starts in Palm Desert on Highway 74 and snakes through mountain passes toward Idyllwild. The road is winding and offers several scenic lookout points and spectacular views of the valley below. Once you arrive in Idyllwild you find a picturesque community that is the kicking off point for hiking and camping in the mountains west of the Coachella Valley.
Getting there is in this case only half the fun. We decided to take Highway 243 from Idyllwild back down to the Coachella Valley. It was even more winding and white-knuckling than the drive up.
We met some great people and had an adventurous drive to boot.