Indian Trail Loop at Pipe's Canyon

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Indian Trail Loop at Pipe's Canyon is a 6.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pioneertown, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1056 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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This is a hike that begins at the Wildlands Conservancy Ranger Station at Pipe's Canyon. The route is along Pipe's canyon trail to Indian Trail Loop, to the Chapparosa Peak Trail, back to the Ranger Station. It's a high desert adventure. The attraction is desert landscape, canyons, a little scrambling, rock formations, and especially one fabulous view point.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is in very good condition, and well marked. The desert looks very happy with a lot of new growth. The fastest in our group did the loop in 2 1/4 hrs - the longest (those that smell the roses and take pictures) took 4 hrs. FYI - the ranger said by next season, the double track part of the hike will not be included, and instead the trail will be diverted to South Canyon - much more scenic way back to the ranger station. Looking forward to it. This is not a "hard hike", and I'm a marginal active 67 yr old - please note.

hiking
2 months ago

This actually can be made into a ‘light to medium’ level hike by just going out to the ruins and back... which is great for families, dates and even meditative wanderings. 3.4 miles round trip!

2 months ago

Outstanding views, great greenery, well marked, easy to follow,Did it in 2 hrs 40min at easy pace. Elevation gain easier counter clockwise.
Definite repeat.

2 months ago

I love running this trail it’s a great workout but can be very rough in some areas because of the rocky terrain.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike.
A bit tough- maybe it was the higher elevation that fatigued me. The trail is well maintained. And the views and rock formations are stunning.

backpacking
4 months ago

Cool trail. Lots of different rock formations and awesome views. Make sure to wear good trail shoes. Not much water on Jan 18, 2018, but still worth the effort. Take the loop and don’t miss the peak.

5 months ago

Amazing hike! The biodiversity was amazing. We seen many different animal tracks. Light water stream and beautiful rock formations. Perfect day hike.

hiking
5 months ago

The loop trail is re-opened as of 12-3-17.

Call the ranger station at 760-369-7105 for trail info.

The trail damage that occurred resulted from an incredible flash flood event on September 9th, 2017. Based on anecdotal records and descriptions the 2017 flood event appears to be larger than any flood the canyon has experienced in recorded history.

The preserve hosts several volunteer trail work days a year for those interested in trail work.

hiking
6 months ago

As the other member mentioned, the loop trail is closed, but there are two options from the ranger station. The other is Chaparossa peak , Which is an equivalent 6.6 mile out and back with the 1200 foot elevation gain and incredible topography near the top . There are some washouts but the trailer is easy to find in the route is Well marked . I would give it five stars but can’t give the loop trail five Because it’s closed. We did the loop trail last December with a little snow and it was awesome! Update: we came back the next day and the rangers cleared the loop!

hiking
7 months ago

The loop is currently closed and there’s only one poster sized sign at the parking area before you get to Olsen. But the hike up to the ruins was wonderful. There was a lot of damage after the flood and there’s no estimated trail opening. So unless your local it’s probably not worth the drive out to only do a 3 mile hike. Went there today with my dog 10-22-2017

11 months ago

Nice views will not disappoint!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Cool hike with some water features after a few rains.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2017

This is a great hike, hard the day we did it because it rained. The main reason for my review it to let you know the track I got when I downloaded it is not the same as shown in the map, The track I downloaded was just in out and back to the Stone House not the complete Indian loop and I can't see a way to download the track I added or any other track.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Enjoyable out and back hike through the canyon. The trail varies through a wash and some wet lands that make it feel like fall! Always bring the dogs

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tough trail. Easy in some parts, moderate in some parts, and hard in others. You are hiking in a river bed so be mindful of the weather because of flash floods. The scenery changes along the hike so you're not just looking at the Joshua Tree and rocks all the time.

hiking
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This is a hike that begins at the Wildlands Conservancy Ranger Station at Pipe's Canyon. The route is along Pipe's canyon trail to Indian Trail Loop, to the Chapparosa Peak Trail, back to the Ranger Station. It's a high desert adventure. The attraction is desert landscape, canyons, a little scrambling, rock formations, and especially one fabulous view point. Elevation is 4000 - 5000 feet elevation. The trail is "fairly well" marked (a GPX might be helpful though, since my first time there I got off trail). There are now some trail markers throughout.
This GPX does not go to Chapparosa Peak (only .6 miles off the loop, out and back). My recommendation having not been there is - do go there, my bet is it's a nice view there as well.
It was recommended to me to do the counter-clockwise direction since the portion on Indian Trail is the steepest area (best taken uphill). I was on my butt once, though most of you won't have to do even that if taken counter-clockwise.
FYI - compared to the nearby saw tooth trail, 2/3 in my group preferred the latter longer saw tooth hike for scenery. Both were felt by all to be worthwhile however.

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