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West Side Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (6)

A grand trail leading into one of the most dense groves of Joshua trees in the area.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

90%

Runnable

4,510' 1,375 m

High

3,968' 1,209 m

Low

807' 246 m

Up

719' 219 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

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It can be incredibly hot during the summer, and it's recommended that you bring a gallon of water per person. This winter we had up to six inches of snow, so be sure to have appropriate footwear for the season.

Runner Notes

We had a local come by our campsite two days in a row and she ran the loop clockwise in just about an hour each time.

Description

Right away, the trail starts a slow ascent as you head towards the west. Mount Morango will be on your left and there will be the Hi-View Nature Trail off to the south. As you continue on through, Bear Mountain will be visible in the distance straight ahead. If you are fortunate enough, there may be snow on the summit of the peak.

Soon you start a southeast turn along some private property. As you start up this long slow climb through this valley, you'll be amazed by the number of Joshua trees. At about mile 2.5, you start a climb that has some short stepped sections. As you climb numerous switchbacks, you'll reach a number of false summits that present views to the mountains west of Palm Springs. Also, you'll be surprised at the population of Pinyon trees.

Once you start your descent and the return to the trailhead, you enter a wash that will lead back down to the water tower that is above the campgrounds.

Plan on taking two to three hours to work yourself around this loop. There are many vistas to take in.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is famous for its huge numbers of Joshua trees and Pinyon trees.

Contacts

Shared By:

Phil DiGirolamo

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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Photos

Bear Mountain is blanketed with snow while the desert remains dry.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Rare for Joshua Tree, ice columns formed off the Westview Trail along the nearby wash.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
The trails in Black Rock Canyon are all well marked with signs like these.
Feb 25, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Some cool blooms are still around the trail.
Jun 15, 2020 near Yucca V…, CA

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