Pine City Trail
ElevationAscent: 186' 57 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 4,612' 1,406 m
Low: 4,447' 1,356 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A gentle trail that heads out to the north while crossing Queen Valley.”— Trail Master
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 running experience.
As runners 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 runners can continue on various social trails. The going from here gets pretty rough, and most will head back to the trailhead from the sign.
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Land Manager: NPS - Joshua Tree National Park