Hike the Pine City Trail (Joshua Tree)
|In This Guide|
|Distance||4.2 miles (6.8 km)|
|Hike Time||1:30-2:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||280 feet (85m)|
|Highest Elevation||4,810 feet (1466m)|
|Fees & Permits||Park Entry Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Joshua Tree National Park|
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If you want to dip your toe into desert hiking at Joshua Tree, the hike on the Pine City Trail is a great place to get started. The Pine City Trail is straight and easy to follow, with no climbs. But you hike through some beautiful pinyon pine and Joshua Tree vegetation until you reach Pine City, not much of a city anymore. In fact, the only thing left are two hidden mine shafts. But you do get beautiful sweeping views into Pine City Canyon and onward toward Twentynine Palms in the distance. It’s a great hike for everyone, including families.
Where is the Pine City Trail?
The Pine City Trail shares the same (small) parking lot with the hike to Desert Queen Mine. It’s a few minutes off the main Park Blvd on a dirt road. The dirt road is drivable by regular (low-clearance) cars. Use this trailhead address:
Pine City Trail, Desert Queen Mine Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277
Gear for the Hike
The Pine City hike isn’t a rigorous or technical one, and you are best served with light hiking gear. Hiking boots with cuffs will help keep the sand and rocks off of your feet. Bring at least 1L of water and prepare for desert conditions. There is no cover or shade. You can also do the hike in fitness clothes and in a pinch, casual gear.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
Reviews & Lowest Prices: Women – Men
I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
Reviews & Colors Here: Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women)
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).
Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated March 2020.See All of My Best Gear Picks Here
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