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    Pinkham Canyon Road

    Joshua Tree National Park, California
    Distance15.7mi
    Elevation Gain1,670ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,156ft
    Top3,341ft
    Elevation Min/Max2172/3341ft
    Elevation Start/End3156/3174ft

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    Encino, CA
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    1/7/2010
    A fairly easy trip, starting out with a simple trek across the desert and culminating in a fun ride down a wash. 4WD is essential, and passenger tires will probably not be good enough for some parts of the trip, particularly navigating some of the sand and rocks. Overall, a fine trip.
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    Marigold, CA
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    11/8/2007
    Nice trail, some sandy places but nothing too tough with a four wheel drive. Took appox. 2.5 hours
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    Mission Viejo, CA
    Pathfinder | 140 pts
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    10/15/2006
    Fun ride. My second in my new stock FJCruiser.

    As mentioned by the previous review, there is a little tough spot about 3/4s through where you have to pick your way pretty carfully. Right after that is a windy spot between rocks that long wheelbase vehicles might struggle with. Lots of fairly deep sand, four wheel drive is essential, but I never feared getting stuck, just a fun sliding feeling going through the deeper stuff. Took about 1.45 hours at a good clip. One note, wider vehicles will be scraping brush throughout the entire first half of this trip, nothing serious, but if you obsess over your paint job, you might not be happy.
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    Irvine, CA
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    2/7/2006
    Pretty fun trail.

    There is a technical part at mile 15 that requires a high clearance vehicle, a narrow vehicle, or you should go around to the left and avoid the section altogether. You will find this narrow section shortly after the 1.5 foot rock drop off that should be manageable by most vehicles.
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    Trail Information

    Joshua Tree National Park
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    Joshua Tree National Park
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    Joshua Tree National Park
    Local Contacts
    ACSC San Diego, CRRA
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