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74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

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74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

Which is less harrowing out of Idyllwild, 74 to Palm Desert or 243 to Banning? We came up 74. Is 243 better?

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1. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

I've heard the 243 described as "harrowing", but it's never bothered me. Friends w/ RVs usually used the 74 but through Hemet, so it might be easier. The map does show a twisty section, though.

What do the locals tell you? And where are you headed?

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2. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

Sorry it's so long in replying. We left on 6/11 . . . took 243 back to Palm Springs. We thought it was much easier than 74. I can't imagine pulling an RV either direction. They are so brave! Thanks so much for your response.

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3. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

Glad it worked out for you. ***I drive a small car. I can't imagine towing an RV *anywhere*.

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4. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

Hi Kathy,

We are going up to Idyllwild from Los Angeles. I've never been and I really hate twisty, mountain roads...especially if they are narrow.....scared of heights and all of that. Since you took both, which would you recommend for me?

I appreciate the help!

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5. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

Hi there! I have the same question as we are headed up there this week-end. I figure the roads are the same 3 years later. :) What did you end up doing?

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6. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

74 is the worst. Taking 243 through Banning is longer but not as bad as 74. Highway 74 was white knuckle driving for me. Last time to Mountain Center and Idyllwild I flew. Cheap and quicker and was not scared out of my mind.

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7. Re: 74 or 243 out of Idyllwild?

I personally thought coming down 243 was a lot scarier than coming down 74.

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