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Omstott Loop
  • Pine Canyon Drive
  • Pinyon, CA 92561

The Omstott Loop, a hidden gem for explorers in search of solitude and beautiful scenery, cuts across the rocky terrain of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, with an overall elevation gain of 1,092 feet that affords spectacular views of Palm Canyon and Greater Palm Springs. The 6.5-mile trek, open to mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers with leashed dogs, begins in the small mountain community of Pinyon Pines, named after the scraggly trees that are native to the area and dot the landscape. From the city of Palm Desert, follow Highway 74 up into the hills and make a right on Palm Canyon Drive. After about a half-mile, park along the dirt road and set out on the Omstott Trail to the left. You’ll follow the single-track path for approximately 3.2 miles until you reach the Palm Canyon Trail (which continues on for several miles to a beautiful palm tree oasis in Palm Springs and is only recommended for experienced hikers, without dogs, with at least a day or two’s worth of supplies). To finish the loop, make a sharp left here and return to your car via the Pinyon Trail.

Total Distance: 6.5 miles
Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 6.5
  • Distance (km): 10.5
  • Difficulty Score: 13
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 4353
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1092
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1092
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1092
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 333
  • Minimum Elevation: 3421
  • Maximum Elevation: 3945
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 524
  • Parking Type: Unpaved road
  • Location: Northern Santa Rosa Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Palm Canyon/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
  • Dogs Allowed:
  • Bikes Allowed:
  • Horses Allowed:
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
  • Free:
Trail Length
  • 6 - 10 Miles:
Pine Canyon Drive
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