Tips for Snow-Play Visitors
So you can have a pleasant and SAFE visit to our Hill, please take note of the following guidelines.
Often required on Highways 243 & 74
Buy them before you start up.
Caltrans QuickMap is an awesome help.
Click: Options-> Road Conditions-> Chain Controls
Shops, restaurants, and the Fort’s toilets are for their customers.
The Snow-Play areas (please scroll down) offer parking, play areas, and restrooms.
Private property and lots are not for snow-play. Residents routinely call the Sheriff.
THE CRANSTON FIRE
The burned areas may have flash floods and mudslides. Some highways to Idyllwild may be closed. Please check the CalTrans Quickmap before heading up!
OUR 2-LANE ROADS
Sorry, we know parking is hard to find! But, safety and the CHP say no parking on the roadway. There must be space for the free flow of traffic going both ways at the same time. (Usually 12' needed) Vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed or towed. Illegal parking is reported to CHP.
HUMBER PARK TRAILHEAD
It is not snow-plowed and is closed to vehicles in snow or ice conditions by a large permanent gate.
(Humber is not a park. It is a hiking trailhead which offers some parking spaces and 2 pit toilets.)
ROADS TO AVOID
All either have no parking, or difficult turn around space.
On weekends, parking on upper Fern Valley Road is prohibited.
Pine Cove Park has no parking.
Plenty of Parking, Restrooms, and Play are at locations below.
Pine Cove, Idyllwild and Mountain Center Snow-Play Areas
These offer parking, restrooms, sometimes even showers, and space for snow-play!
They are on a smaller scale than snow-play areas in Big Bear.
Please note: The National forest is free, although access with parking can be difficult to find.
Stone Creek Campground - CLOSED WHEN SNOW
Hwy 243 ( South of Lawler Lodge) Idyllwild
(951) 659-2607 Hopefully open for snow in 2019!
Thousand Trails Idyllwild
24400 Canyon Trail RESERVATIONS 951.659.4097 Web Site
Mt. San Jacinto State Park
25905 Hwy 243, Idyllwild (951) 659-2607
RESERVATIONS 1.800.444.7275 Web Site
Idyllwild Nature Center
25225 Hwy 243 951.659.3850 Web Site
54000 Riv. Co. Playground Rd., Idyllwild
(951) 659-2656 RESERVATIONS: 1.800.234.7275 Web Site
McCall Park (County Park)
Horses in summer/ snow-play in winter! Covered picnic area, huge play area.
28500 McCall Park Rd., Mountain Center (951) 659-265 Web Site