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A gentle trail that heads out to the north while crossing Queen Valley.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

4,612' 1,406 m

High

4,447' 1,356 m

Low

186' 57 m

Up

21' 6 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

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Description

Visitors of Joshua Tree National Park come prepared to experience the desert, and this trail is a perfect way to get up close to some desert navigation. The trail begins from the Pine City Backcountry Registration, where there is ample parking. From there, you'll begin your northeasterly journey on the trail, which will be fairly obvious from the parking area.

As you set out, be sure to take in the desert scenery around you. Joshua Trees line the trails, and this is a perfect opportunity to observe these specially adapted desert organisms. The trail will briefly merge with a sandy wash, and the soft sand only compounds the desert hiking experience.

As hikers near the end of the trail, the grade will increase slightly, and rugged terrain will appear on the horizon. Boulders, canyons and rock gardens will all dominate the views. The end of the route is hard to miss. An "End of Maintained Trails" sign marks the edge of the trail, but hikers can continue on various social trails. The going from here gets pretty rough, and most will head back to the trailhead from the sign.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep are drawn to the area, in addition to common Joshua Tree flora such as cacti, Joshua trees, and Pinyon Pine.

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#765

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Photos

The beginning of the Pine City Trail is hard to see, but heads down into a wash.
Jun 14, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
A lone single-leaf pine grows in a small alcove along the Pine City Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Robb Hannawacker.
May 25, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA

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