The Capper Nomads North America Adventure travel blog

Coachella Valley

Mount San Jacinto

Giant Fir cones

West California

Pacific Ocean glistening in the distance


The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains rise abruptly from the desert floor of the Coachella Valley, reaching an elevation of 10,834 ft at the summit of Mount San Jacinto. The area is a national monument and is a land of extremes. At lower levels where the monument barely rises above sea level, the summers are hot and dry. At the higher levels geometric chunks of granite tower above pine forests.

We decided to drive the Palms to Pines Scenic Highway which disects the Monument and then drive to the mountain village of Idyllwild before completing our loop back to Indio.

We decided to drive the Palms to Pines Scenic Highway which dissects the Monument and then drive to the mountain village of Idyllwild before completing our loop back to Indio. There was many overlooks which gave us views over the Coachella Valley and the mountains as well as views across to the California coast. We saw the Pacific for the first time on our journey in North America way in the distance.

As we climbed higher we noticed the pine forests grew larger and we saw giant fir cones on the trees.



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