According to one Lakeview Drive resident who contacted the Town Crier, a bypass between Idyllwild and Pine Cove is available but she strongly encourages users to have 4-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles, since two-wheel drive vehicles have gotten stuck in the snow several times today.
But some other Lakeview Drive residents object to the public using Lakeview Drive at all, saying that the one-lane road is privately owned by each resident owning property along it — i.e., each resident owns the bit of the road that fronts their own property. They object to the relatively heavy flow of traffic along their road since the boulder came down blocking Highway 243 at Deadman's Curve. Non-Lakeview drive residents attempting to use that road are trespassers, they say. They cite damage to the roadway and safety considerations regarding vehicles becoming stuck blocking the one-lane road.
Consequently, there exists no, universally-agreed-upon public by-pass from Pine Cove to Idyllwild.
The Town Crier can only report that some Lakeview Drive residents appear willing to allow the public to use that road during this blockage of Highway 243, but others are not willing at all. Consequently, the Town Crier cannot and does not recommend the use of that roadway. No governmental agency has recommended that passage for use by the public.
Cal Trans is still working on removal of a boulder on Highway 243. Our information is that they broke a drill bit on the boulder and have had to send for backup equipment to complete the job.
The Town Crier will report on further developments as we are made aware of them.