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Lucerne Valley Car Tour

Get acquainted with the desert through this spectacular drive. In the spring, observe the desert painted by glorius wildflower displays. Stop and look at these plants specially designed to withstand heat and lack of water. From Big Bear Valley, Highway 18 descends quickly down Cushenberry grade, following a winding path to reveal a dramatic change in vegetation from Pinyon Pine-Juniper through Joshua Tree woodland to sparse creosote bush Scrub.

Season: Year-round

Audience: All

Degree of Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 60 miles round trip, 1-2 hours

Points of Interest:
Mojave Desert; Creosote Bush Scrub vegetation; limestone mining operations; access to the Pacific Crest Trail at Nelson Ridge; Cushenberry Springs

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Cushenberry Grade

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