Pinyon Mountain Valley

This is a stunning desert crossing with some unique challenges.

Total Miles
30.0

Elevation

1215.72 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Fall/Winter/Spring

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Difficult: Much of this trail follows sandy washes, which are mostly easy with occasional moderate rocky sections. Two major obstacles, however, are for hard-core vehicles only. Wide vehicles can expect side damage getting through The Squeeze. Pinyon Dropoff is extremely steep. Avoid trail if rain is expected due to flash flood danger.

Technical Rating

7

Access Description

From Scissors Crossing on Highway 78 between Julian and Ocotillo Wells, take Highway S2 south 4.4 miles. Turn left on sandy road in bushes immediately after large sign that says: Welcome to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Sign for trail says Pinyon Mountain Area (hidden in bushes).