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Dolomite Mine
  • Sawmill
  • Pinyon, CA 92561

Historic sites and inspiring scenery collide on the path to this fascinating yet forgotten part of Greater Palm Springs’ past. Tucked away within the remote wilderness of the Santa Rosa Mountains lie the remains of a once-thriving dolomite mine; the naturally occurring mineral was used as roofing material for many of the older homes in the area (some of which can still be seen today). Now defunct and abandoned, the old mine marks one of the many interesting pit stops along the Cactus Spring Trail and is located approximately 0.6 miles in. The out-and-back route, considered easy and gaining only 310 feet, is great for horseback riding or hiking (leashed dogs, welcome!) and departs from the Sawmill Trailhead off Highway 74, near Pinyon Flats. After parking, follow the dirt road past the Riverside County Transfer Station, take a left toward Cactus Spring, and register at the sign-in box. From here, the trail crosses a landscape covered in cholla cacti and chaparral before reaching the mine. Linger awhile and admire the relics of a bygone time before returning to your car via the same route.

Total Distance: 1.2 miles

Level: Easy

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 1.2
  • Distance (km): 1.9
  • Difficulty Score: 12
  • Route Type: Out and back
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 4054
  • Elevation Gain (+): 310
  • Elevation Loss (-): 310
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 310
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 94
  • Minimum Elevation: 3872
  • Maximum Elevation: 4048
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 176
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: Southern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Pinyon Flats/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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