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This route showcases a scenic forested island along the southern California desert divide. Traveling from a desert oasis to snow-peaked mountains, this route is unparalled in the array of wild land beauty offered.
This route is within two hours driving times from the Los Angeles metropolis. The scenic byway is an excellent opportunity to introduce non-traditional forest users to the recreational opportunities of the national forest.
Navigating the Byway:
From Banning, take State Highway 243 about 42 miles to the junction of State Highway 74 and State Highway 371. Take State Highway 74 north for about 24 miles to Palm Desert.