|Rim of the World Scenic Byway
The Rim of World Scenic Byway aptly describes the drive along Southern California's highest mountain
range, the San Bernardinos, with their spectacular view of the surrounding mountains as well as the Los
As we drove from Las Vegas to Los Angeles from Interstate 15 at Barstow, we took Hwy 247 south and
drove through Mojave desert. Passed Luceme Valley, continued south on Hwy 18. The elevation increase to
7 or 8 thousand feet very fast; soon we can look down to desert. The scenery within San Bernardino National
Forest is lush pines and other conifers, definitely much cooler than the desert. At Big Bear City we started the
Scenic Byway west bound, descending onto Hwy 215 in less than 2 hours.
It was April 25, 1202, on this road, spring bulbs just bloom, perhaps the elevation the winter is longer than in
New Jersey as the daffodils were done in NJ. It is ski resort here. Some mountains still have snow remaining.
Overlook the Mojave Desert
Solar Observatory--Second one in US.
West end of Big Bear Lake.
There are several American Coots here.
Snow in Southern California in late April.
Half way through the Rim of the World Scenic Byway, the sea of cloud floats around the mountains. An unexpected scene.
Los Angeles basin below.
Three common California wildflowers: Globeflower
Baby Blue Eyes
From here we got in LA in about an hour. People from Los Angeles are real lucky to have such great scene
Around Heaps Peak