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Pioneertown, California Map

The trail was well marked and easy to follow. We started up the canyon and it is very shady (for a desert) with a gentle slope. It ends up with a nice mix of valley and then ridge (with views). Nothing much on this is "hard" (except it is hot, sunny, and dry). It was about 10 degrees cooler than in Palm Springs and with a nice breeze.

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.

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!

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.

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

trail running
8 months ago

Up and down the whole way. Very strenuous. Awesome views! Awesome rock begging to be climbed. Ran into a few horseback riders halfway. Awesome trail!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

horseback riding
11 months ago

I just visited Saw tooth again a week ago and I must say this tail is for experienced riders and horses only. Its a good thing I knew my way around, the trails are washed out and a bit hard to find. However, I did complete the tail and were glad to have made it back. Parts of this trail are extremely hard and sketchy via horseback.. very pretty though..

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

Nice views will not disappoint!

Cool hike with some water features after a few rains.

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.

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

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.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Really great trail! Few spots the trail was hard to locate but it was a really cool tour through the desert. I'll be back.

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Alltrails marker is the correct location for the Wildlands Conservancy Ranger Station, and there are other hikes at the Ranger Station as well. My GPX for this trail begins just on the side of the road in Chaparrosa Wash (N 34.160 W 116.502). There is a very small trail sign just off the road there if you look. The first and last 1.2 miles of this hike are sandy, not real attractive, and tedious. There are various ways of doing this part (check Google Earth out if you want). This hike is up and down and up and down ... (saw tooth?) It is high desert area, and rivals great hikes in Joshua Tree. There are at least 3 spectacular view spots. The rock formations are excellent. There are scrambling opportunities galore if you are so inclined. There were a lot of wild flowers in early April. The trails are well marked by horse dung (Ha!). Dogs are fine.

4 months ago

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