From Palms to Pines: Idyllwild

One of our recent excursions took us from the 100+ degree desert floor in Palm Springs, CA to the beautiful and still snow-capped Idyllwild, CA.  Our friends Chase and Steve had introduced us to a great Palm Springs hiking book, 140 Hikes in or near Palm Springs so we researched our hike for the day and set out to tackle the Devli’s Slide hiking trail which is 2.5 miles up 1,700 vertical feet with an easy downhill return.  Once in the car I decided to check on my camera to be sure that I had everything that I needed to capture the day.  To my surprise, the camera battery was dead so I decided that this would be great time to experiment with Hipstamatic on my iPhone.  Once in Idyllwild, CA be sure to stop at the USDA Forest Service Ranger Station to get your permits, maps and to ask any other questions you may have for your adventure.

Departing Palm Desert, CA on CA HWY 74 which is better known as the Palm to Pines Highway…

During our just over one-hour journey up to Idyllwild we stopped at several beautiful vistas along the way.  The flora and fauna change dramatically as you continue to make the climb upwards.

Looking down into the desert valley with Palm Desert in the foreground…

A stop near Pine Cove, CA where horse farms and stables are found in great numbers.

A stop at Lake Hemet…

The beginning of the Devil’s Slide trailhead as you begin to ascend up to the top of San Jacinto Peak…

The hike up…

A day hike wouldn’t be complete without some type of reward.  Right?  Chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream hit the spot…

Great day and a great way to escape the desert heat in the summer…

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