West Side Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 807' 246 m
Descent: -719' -219 m
High: 4,510' 1,375 m
Low: 3,968' 1,209 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A grand trail leading into one of the most dense groves of Joshua trees in the area.”— Phil DiGirolamo
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.
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