Santa Rosa Mountain / Sawmill Trail

Palm Desert, California

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If you're ever in the Coachella Valley and think it's just too darn scorching to ride, think again. This 26.3-mile out-and-back is a surefire beat-the-heat ride, rewarding cyclists with cool mountain breezes and even a gurgling mountain spring. For some reason, the 4100-foot climb feels more gradual than one would expect. Maybe it's the gobsmacking views. But whatever the case, even cyclists who normally loathe out-and-back excursions on fire roads will appreciate this trip. Scenery includes panoramic views of the Santa Rosa range, as well as Mt. San Jacinto and even t. San Gorgonio.

Santa Rosa Mountain / Sawmill Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If you're ever in the Coachella Valley and think it's just too darn scorching to ride, think again. This 26.3-mile out-and-back is a surefire beat-the-heat ride, rewarding cyclists with cool mountain breezes and even a gurgling mountain spring. For some reason, the 4100-foot climb feels more gradual than one would expect. Maybe it's the gobsmacking views. But whatever the case, even cyclists who normally loathe out-and-back excursions on fire roads will appreciate this trip. Scenery includes panoramic views of the Santa Rosa range, as well as Mt. San Jacinto and even t. San Gorgonio."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Palm Desert
Distance: 25.6
Elevation Gain: 3,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,540 feet
Local Contacts: San Bernardino National Forest, San Jacinto Ranger District
Local Maps: Trails Map of the Santa Rosa Mountains National Scenic Area.
Driving Directions: Directions to Santa Rosa Mountain / Sawmill Trail

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May 2018