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West Side Loop Trail

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 4.4 (10)

A grand trail leading into one of the most dense groves of Joshua trees in the area.


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4.9

Miles

7.9

KM

Point to Point

4,510' 1,375 m

High

3,968' 1,209 m

Low

807' 246 m

Up

719' 219 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Family Friendly Assuming it's not too hot, kids will love to wander amongst the Joshua trees on this trail.

It can be incredibly hot during the summer, and it's recommended that you bring a gallon of water per person. This winter we had up to six inches of snow, so be sure to have appropriate footwear for the season.

Description

Right away, the trail starts a slow ascent as you head towards the west. Mount Morango will be on your left and there will be the Hi-View Nature Trail off to the south. As you continue on through, Bear Mountain will be visible in the distance straight ahead. If you are fortunate enough, there may be snow on the summit of the peak.

Soon you start a southeast turn along some private property. As you start up this long slow climb through this valley, you'll be amazed by the number of Joshua trees. At about mile 2.5, you start a climb that has some short stepped sections. As you climb numerous switchbacks, you'll reach a number of false summits that present views to the mountains west of Palm Springs. Also, you'll be surprised at the population of Pinyon trees.

Once you start your descent and the return to the trailhead, you enter a wash that will lead back down to the water tower that is above the campgrounds.

Plan on taking two to three hours to work yourself around this loop. There are many vistas to take in.

Flora & Fauna

This trail is famous for its huge numbers of Joshua trees and Pinyon trees.

Contacts

Shared By:

Phil DiGirolamo

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  4.4 from 10 votes

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Photos

Rare for Joshua Tree, ice columns formed off the Westview Trail along the nearby wash.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
Bear Mountain is blanketed with snow while the desert remains dry.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
January 24, 2021
Dec 1, 2021 near Yucca V…, CA
Some cool blooms are still around the trail.
Jun 15, 2020 near Yucca V…, CA
The trails in Black Rock Canyon are all well marked with signs like these.
Feb 25, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA

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Dec 20, 2021
Tyler Heidtke
1h 55m
Dec 20, 2021
Julie Heidtke
Jan 10, 2021
Lou Hibbard
With Janelle. Lots of up and down 4.9mi
Dec 15, 2020
J O
Nov 11, 2020
Jay Senior
Nov 11, 2020
Summer Lane
Sep 27, 2020
Il Noh
Jun 13, 2020
Paul Ross
Unseasonably cool for June with a nice breeze. Very few people out. Trail has a couple steep sections (200 yards or so) that are loose gravel but ov 4.9mi — 2h 00m