Pinto Mountain Trail

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Pinto Mountain Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Desert Center, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until May.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2490 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This trail summits via the West Wash.  The beginning of the West Wash is about 3.3 miles from the trailhead traveling across the Pinto Basin Desert.  The West Wash is gentle to start and gains in steepness with the last 500' very steep.  This trail includes rock scrambling and hiking up steep vertical section with loose rocks.  It was very windy at the peak but beautiful 360 views of Monument Mountain, San Jacinto, San Gorgornio and all the mountains towards Arizona.  We took the South Wash on the descent.  This is a fairly steep wash with rock scrambling and loose rocks.  Once at the bottom of the wash there is about a 2.5 mile hike across the Pinto Basin Desert to the trailhead.  This is a strenuous hike and tough on the legs/knees due to rock scrambling/loose rocks but very rewarding experience.  

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