Pinyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Pinyon Trail (5E02) is an alternative route into Palm Canyon originating from Highway 74. It was constructed by the Coachella Valley Trails Council in the 1990s. Starting at the Pinyon Flats Campground, it leads across a magnificent plateau covered with ribbonwoods, cacti, yuccas, and, of course, pinyon pines. It features great views of Santa Rosa Mtn. and the southern Desert Divide. It is easy to get lost in this part of the desert, so this trip is not recommended for beginning navigators. Adventurous hikers may make a loop, returning by the Palm Canyon Trail or Omstott Creek. For those wanting a truly wild backpacking trip from the Salton Sea to Palm Springs, the Pinyon Trail makes the critical link between the Cactus Springs Trail and Palm Canyon."