3 miles
849 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Dry Wash Trail
  • BLM
    Land Manager

Dry Wash Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Palm Canyon
    Cathedral City, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    When the desert is cold
  • Global Ranking

The 3 mile gradual but sandy climb up to Dunn Road on Dry Wash road can be quite frustrating. The sand in the wash can be really tiresome if it has not rained in a while. Basically it is a bummer of a climb that will suck the life out your legs, particularly if it is hot out. TIP: Letting a bunch of air out of your tires so that they are really squishy will help with riding over the sand. This is where Palm Canyon Trail ends and the a sand wash climb begins. There are many options from this point, but the ride isn't over at mile 12. You have a minimum of 8 more miles of riding at this junction, no matter how you cut it.

Access Info

From the lower trailhead, turn right onto CA-111 (East Palm Canyon Drive) take it for 8.1 miles to Highway 74. Turn right onto Highway 74 and take it for 18.2 miles. Shortly after passing the sign for Ribbonwood Drive, turn right onto Pine View Rd and travel .2 miles until the pavement ends, park here.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Dry Wash Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    849 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,458 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,307 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,458 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,307 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Avg time
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on Nov 11, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 2 (2 votes)

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Trail Style
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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to dry-wash-trail trailhead (33.714684, -116.527412)
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Dry Wash Trail Trail Reports

Nov 11, 2018 @ 6:08pm
Nov 11, 2018
Dry wash trail is in relatively good condition and the sand is not too deep. Still a slog like always
Jan 13, 2018 @ 8:36am
Jan 13, 2018
Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:45pm
Apr 13, 2017
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag Dandesalvo (Nov 14, 2018 at 19:08)
 I rode this leg burner uphill from the palm canyon epic and it's not THAT bad. It is all sand. The rumors are true lol
Follow the tracks people made where the sand is packed down some and you can make it. I had to stop 3 times. But it's 3 miles of the slightest uphill. Not too steep. Never flat. Have fun! ✌

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