Pinkham Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 15.7 miles long and begins at 3,156 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 31.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,670 feet.
Pinkham Canyon Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"Pinkham Canyon is an easy to moderate 4WD trail within Joshua Tree National Park. Park fees are applicable. The trail leaves opposite the Cottonwood Visitor Center, which is an excellent place to gather park information, inquire about road conditions, or stroll through the native plant garden trying to identify the vegetation commonly found within the park. The trail is initially graded to provide access to a park service road, before becoming a single-width, formed trail. It is well used and easy to follow as it crosses a gently sloping bajada and winds through abundant stands of Mojave yuccas toward a gap in the Cottonwood Mountains. The prominent peak to the north is Monument Mountain. Special Attractions: Trail crosses the transition zone between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts; Sandy canyon trail within Joshua Tree National Park. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing ).
"I think you’ll be surprised by the relatively lush desert vegetation and beauty along this canyon drive."
--Tony Huegel, California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press).
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