Pine City Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
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Pine City Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no shade

no dogs

This trail is well maintained and fairly easy, even for a 63 yr old klutz like me. Really pretty scenery, including spectacular vistas, unique cacti, and awesome rock formations.

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8 months ago

Mellow hike with low incline, but much to explore. Came here for a quick overnight backpacking trip and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Pine City is away from the day use crowds and therefore quite a bit less trafficked. Had the perfect weather and a beautiful sunset this past weekend. A tad colder than anticipated due some chilly winds, but all in all, the landscape and rock formations are pretty remarkable. If you’re looking for a backpacking experience, but have already done Boy scout and/or CRHT, this is a great spot to choose! The hike in is quick, which was great to setup a campsite and take the afternoon to explore and find a spot to enjoy the sunset. So many great little peaks and rock formations to discover. Highly recommend!

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8 months ago

A nice easy trail with a great area to climb rocks and sit and eat a snack, but not a particularly interesting or beautiful hike.

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9 months ago

Nice short trail good for backpacking with nice sandy spot at the end which features big pine trees and rocks. Would be good for trail running.

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11 months 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.

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Mon Oct 08 2018

Lots of pine, Joshua trees with diverse plants. Really gorgeous, secluded and flat.

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Fri Aug 17 2018

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)

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Sun May 06 2018

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

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Sun Apr 15 2018

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.

Thu Nov 30 2017

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

Sun Apr 02 2017

Did a few years ago. Loved the ruins!

hiking
Sun Jan 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.

Wed Dec 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.

Tue Nov 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.

hiking
Sun Jan 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.

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Mon Apr 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.

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