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greenBlue Pine City Trail

Trail

2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 186' 57 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 4,612' 1,406 m
Low: 4,447' 1,356 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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

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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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Apr 28, 2019
Victor Encinias
Dec 15, 2018
Linda Lam
Oct 1, 2018
Ryan Dunn
Out-and-back distance is longer than posted at trailhead. Pine city is cool, but not as interesting as many other parts of the park IMO. 5mi — 4h 00m
Mar 31, 2017
John Lazarchic
4mi
Feb 19, 2017
Paulo Saraiva
Feb 5, 2017
Jacob Lamers
2mi
Aug 2, 2015
CruxyChez Sanchez

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