Description - Route 243, a U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway and State Scenic Highway, traverses forested mountain scenery along a ridge of the San Bernardino Mountains. It then drops in a series of switchbacks offering views of the San Bernardino Valley and the desert scenery.
Copyright: California Scenic Highway Program
Route 243 traverses along a stunning ridge of the San Bernardino Mountains
- Located in Riverside County stretching from State Route 74 to the Banning city limit, Route 243 provides a breathtaking 28-mile journey. The route begins in high forested mountains and traverses along an extensive ridge of the San Bernardino Mountains eventually dropping abruptly through a series of switchbacks, several thousand feet to the floor in Cherry Pass. As it drops to the desert, there are many spectacular views easterly to the desert around Palm Springs and westerly to the San Bernardino Valley and northerly to the high peaks of the San Bernardino range.
Route 243 pushes past Mount San Jacinto State Park and Black Mountain National Scenic Area. The region is wilderness, containing three mountain peaks higher than 10,000 feet in elevation. Picnicking, hiking and camping opportunities are available on both public and private land.
Recreation - The Route 243--Part of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway is known for it's natural and scenic attractions.
Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.
This scenic road courses from State Route 74 to the Banning city limit.
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