"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit."
- John Muir
- John Muir
Welcome to one of Southern California’s best kept secrets. The majestic San Jacinto Mountains Range is located two hours east of Los Angeles, two hours north-east of San Diego, and Palm Springs an hour away at its base. With the elevation ranging from sea level to 10,834 feet, this mountain range consists primarily of the San Bernardino National Forest and the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. People have been coming here for over century to enjoy the wilderness of the outdoors and the peace of nature.
Nestled in the majestic San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild has long been a haven for hikers, rock climbers, artists, musicians, bird-watchers, mountain bikers, novelists, and just about anybody who loves the tranquility, peace, and inspiration that nature provides. With an elevation of 5,300 feet, Idyllwild experiences all four seasons: the colors of the fall, the snowy wonderland of winter, the lush blooms of spring, and the Southern Californian warmth of summer. Although the 3,800 locals call it home, Idyllwild has been Southern California's "mountain getaway" for millions of nature-lovers since the early 1900s, when it was once a logging town.
Sitting atop Marion Mountain at 6000 feet and overlooking Idyllwild, Pine Cove is a 3 mile drive north from the center of town and is primarily residential. Looking east, you have views of Idyllwild and the iconic Tahquitz (Lily) Rock framed by treetops of the San Jacinto mountain ridges. Looking west, you have breathtaking views of Diamond Valley Lake, the sun setting on the valleys below, and the Pacific Ocean on a clear day.
One of the most appealing areas on the mountain, located north-east of Idyllwild this neighborhood is surrounded by National Forest and hosts multiple trailheads to the "back country." This forested area has an abundance of oaks, cedars, and pine trees with a few seasonal creeks that flow through. Situated at the base of Tahquitz (Lily) Rock, tranquil Fern Valley has been adored by hikers, artists, and nature-lovers for many years.
Located 4 miles south of Idyllwild at a slightly lower elevation of 4500 feet, this small community of 350 is at the crossroads of highway 74 and 243 - the "gateway" to Idyllwild. Another 4 miles southeast bound, you find Lake Hemet where camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding, many more outdoor activities await you. Lake Hemet sits at the north-west corner of prestigious Garner Valley.
With the San Jacinto mountain range serving as a backdrop, wide open Garner Valley started as a haven for cattle ranchers. Continuing to be a prime area for raising cattle, today it is also a haven for horse lovers - consisting primarily of large parcels of horse properties and beautiful year round weather.
Thomas Mountain Village:
In the center of Garner Valley, you will find its only subdivision- quiet Thomas Mountain Village. Located at the base of Thomas Mountain, near trailheads and less than 5 miles from Lake Hemet, this area makes a great ‘base camp’ for outdoor lovers… or simply a nice quiet getaway.