Pine City and Pine City Canyon Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
#29 of 98 trails in

Pine City and Pine City Canyon Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Desert Center, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

11.0 miles
1,830 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



no dogs

15 days ago

This trail is exceptionally difficult if you descend into Pine Canyon and requires climbing gear / expertise to navigate the boulders. Do not recommend taking children into the canyon or for inexperienced climbers.

5 months ago

The actual "pine city" part of this trail is not indicated on the trail itself so you will most likely overshoot it. The trail is, as mentioned above, longer than posted, but not that hard. (Closer to 2 miles each way). Overall nice but I wish we could have found the old mineshafts. Great trail for plant life. A lot of low lying colorful plants. (August)

8 months ago

Maybe it's because that was one of the last hike of the day, but I found it a little dull.

9 months ago

Agree with prior reviews that the trail is longer than posted, and that it is relatively flat (~150 ft elevation). Missed the path into Pine City and went on the spur along Pine Canyon and to the Twentynine Palms overlook. Did not go beyond the maintenance (or lack thereof) sign. On return, stepped over log and rocks to explore Pine City. Afterward returning to the carpark, took the short trail to the house ruin and Desert Queen mine overlook. A great afternoon complementing the morning's geology tour and getting away from the Spring Break crowd at Hidden Valley.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beautiful trail and fantastic rock formations. Many areas to discover on this trail. The view at the top of spectacular

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Did a few years ago. Loved the ruins!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

This is one of three trails that can be accessed from the parking lot on Desert Queen Mine Road, an unpaved road in the north half of the park. The other two trails are the Desert Queen Mine trail and the Lucky Boy Vista – Queen Mine Loop trail, which is a much longer loop that includes the first two.

This hike is rather longer than the sign in the parking lot indicates. Someone had changed the original official length on the trail head sign from 1.1 mile to 1.9 mile by scratching a little square on the one to make it a nine. But our GPS indicated that the length of the trail from the trail head to Pine Canyon/Pine City was 2.3 or 2.4 miles. Much longer than stated and almost five miles for out and back.

The first part of the trail was very flat and in spite of the trail’s name, we found only two pine trees along the way. As we approached Pine Canyon, the view was much more interesting. We were able to look down into a large gash in the rock that was, we think, Pine Canyon. This stretched for quite a distance and provided great views.

We did not go into Pine Canyon so cannot report on that part of this trail.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pine city trail is on trail head along with the Maze Loop, Trail. It's actually in Joshua Tree National Park the west entrance side of the park. Not Desert Center. There are several less trafficked trails on this side.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nice easy hike through some beautiful desert. Not a lot of people, on the trail, I saw only two others. I did this trail after the Desert Suitable for small children as long as they like to walk. There are not a lot of climbable rock formations around this trail.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Beautiful views on this hike. Trail is rather flat and suitable for all skill levels. The rock formations, pines and valleys are wonderful. The trail ends about 1.6 miles in at a sign that states the trail is not maintained past that point. This is an excellent spot to sit and relax under a pine or in a rock and just enjoy the solitude. If you like peace and quiet this is definitely a must do.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Great easy hike amongst the Joshua Trees, Junipers and Honey Mesquites. You have to drive down a well maintained dirt road to get to the trail head. There's a bathroom at the parking lot.
I took the spur a bit past Pine City up to a vista. The extra mile (rt) was well worth the view.

11 months ago

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

recorded pine city

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