Socal - Riverside County - Palm Desert NickNames: #SawmillTrail
From Palm Desert, go on HW 74 heading at about 18 miles, you will see Pinyon Flats to your right, make a left on the road to Sawmill Trail, park your car here.
The first ride I decided to venture onto was the Sawmill trail. The Sawmill trail is basically a 7-mile switchback fire road. The trail is located at roughly 2000 ft above sea level and ends somewhere between 4500 and 5000 feet. Also the trail ends at the National Forest boundary line. The road keeps on going, but it looks like most everyone stops to respect the boundary line. A couple of cool things about this trail are 1) it starts in desert surroundings and ends above the tree-line, among tall Pine trees and lush green vegetation and 2) this "fire road" is hardly driveable by any fire dept. vehicle. In fact most people with 4WD's (including myself), would enjoy this "fire road." It had lots of sections, where I could envision my Jeep being crossed-up due to the rock gardens and cross ruts. Also, there were a number of spots on the trail that had carins piled up on the side, indicating other trails. I tried a couple of these, but just ran into dead ends. Overall, I really enjoyed the climb up, and the ride down was fast and fun...but was over way too soon.
My second ride came from the recommedation of two LBS in the P.S. area. I don't know if this area has an official name but I'll call it the Gene Autry goat trails. The reason for the name is, the area is located just to the left of the Von's market at Hwy 111 and Gene Autry Blvd.
The first mile to this playground is up a granny-gearing grunt of a very steep fire road. Once you make it up this, there are more hills to climb but not as steep or as long. The fun thing about this area is all the criss-crossing "goat trails" that litter the hillside. No matter where you look, you can see single-track paths going up and down and all across the landscape. The way you pick and choose the trails is up to you. The fire road is the main artery to the rest of of the trails. As you are riding up the fire road you will see little trails branching off from the main one. All you have to do is choose which one you want to ride. For all trails funnel back down to the bottom. The more you ride around these hills the more trails you find. These little goat trails are a blast to ride on!! The have tons of short (read approx. 50 ft) technical sections. On each trail you find a handful of these sections, not just one or two. And in between these fun sections the trails switch back and forth to get you down the hill. The biggest drawback I find to this area is it's just a big ugly barren hillside, that is kind of dumpy looking and actually not too pleasing to the eye. But the fun and excitement of the trails totally outweigh the eye soreness factor. Next time I'm in the area, I will defintely put this area on my list of things to do. Lastly, make sure you bring lots of H2O and have a great time. See you out there, TEP
Im from this area and if you are not, and would like to ride here and enhance your experience, please drop me an e-mail and i'll help you out.....ride on!!!
Ride rating: Intermediate
Pinyon Paul a 32 year old riding a On A Tank made of alloy from The Palm Springs Resorts area URL: My Homepage
After reaching the top, you go down the same way you came up and what a descent that was! This is truly one unique ride!
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: Elevation change: 3000 feet?
KHS dude a 26 year old Weekend Warrior riding a KHS FXT Sport from Reseda, CA