Hurkey Creek Park is about 10 miles from Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains. From Los Angeles, drive 90 miles east on Interstate 10 to the 8th Street exit at Banning and follow the signs to California Highway 243, which winds southeast for 30 miles through Idyllwild to the California Highway 74 junction at Mountain Center. Turn left onto Highway 74 and drive 4 1/2 miles to the park entrance (on the left at the Apple Canyon Road turnoff). The park is also accessible from Palm Desert and Hemet by way of California 74.
Hurkey Creek Park has more than 100 sites (plus five large group sites) with picnic tables, fire pits, restroom and shower facilities, and a two-vehicle/six-person limit per site. Large RVs and trailers are permitted, but there are no hook-ups. Sites cost $20 per night. Reserve with Riverside County Parks between April and October. The campground is also open for day use ($2 per adult, $1 per 12-and-under) from dawn to dusk.
-- Jordan Rane
Planning your trip:
Riverside County Parks, (800) 234-7275, www.riversidecountyparks.org