Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Trails in Joshua Tree

49 Palms Oasis

The Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail begins from Canyon Road four miles west of Twentynine Palms. From the trailhead this route leads one and a half miles ascending slightly then descending into Fortynine Palms Canyon. The oasis, and trail terminus, lies at a confluence in the canyon. The site is ...

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Barker Dam Loop

The Barker Dam Trail leads in a one-mile loop around a natural dam and the lake formed by it. During the twentieth century the lake was enlarged twice for ranching purposes. Today it remains for use by the natural inhabitants of the area. The trail is easy with little ...

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Boy Scout

The Boy Scout Trail leads 16 miles in a north/south direction between Indian Cove backcountry registry to Keys West backcountry registry. The path leads through the northwestern portion of the Wonderland of Rocks. Beginning in Indian Cove the trail ascends through a canyon leading westward. After approximately six miles ...

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California Riding and Hiking Trail

The California Riding and Hiking Trail leads thirty-five miles through the western portion of Joshua Tree National Park. There are several access points for this trail throughout the park, they include: Covington Flats, Keys View and Squaw Tank Roads; Ryan Campground, Belle Campground; and the north entrance of the ...

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Covington Flats Improved Roads

The Covington Flats area lies in the northwestern portion of the park. Approximately one mile before reaching the picnic area on Covington Flats Road is a side road that leads westward. This side road ends near the summit of Eureka Peak approximately two miles from Covington Road. By turning ...

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Desert Queen Mine Trail

The Desert Queen Mine Trail begins from the Pine City backcountry registry. It leads a half mile to the mine ruins, tailings pile and shafts of the Desert Queen gold mine. This mine operated from 1895 to 1961, with several periods of inactivity. A fork in the trail will ...

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Eureka Peak Trail

The Eureka Peak Trail begins from the Black Canyon Trailhead. Start this hike by following the California Riding and Hiking Trail southeastward from the trailhead. Follow this well-defined path for approximately one and a half miles. At this point the trail will enter a large wash. The wash forks ...

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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

The Hidden Valley Trail can be accessed from Quail Springs Road by the Hidden Valley Picnic Area access road. This trail leads in a one-mile loop through desert terrain strewn with boulders and larger rock formations. There are several rock climbing and bouldering access trails that weave throughout this ...

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High View Nature Trail

High View Nature Trail lies in the western portion of the park in Black Rock Canyon. This short, one and a half mile, loop leads through desert terrain that includes Joshua Trees and pinyon pines. The path begins from the South Park parking area and leads 350 feet up ...

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Inspiration Peak Trail

Inspiration Peak Trail leads north from the Keys View parking area. The trail is steep, but short, and leads to amazing views of the park and surrounding terrain. Head northwest from the parking area immediately ascending. Inspiration peak is one of the the highest peaks in the park and ...

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Lost Horse Mine and Mountain Trail

The Lost Horse Mine and Mountain Trail is accessible from Quail Springs Road via Keys View Road. It leads southeastward from the road end to the site of an abandoned mining village. Those who hike this trail can explore and interpret the ten-stamp mill and cabin ruins. An unmaintained ...

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Lost Palms Oasis Trail

The Lost Palms Oasis Trail begins at the Cottonwood Springs Oasis in the eastern portion of the park. The trail leads southeastward approximately three miles, remaining relatively flat. The maintained portion of the trail ends at Lost Palms Oasis, which is one of the largest palm oases in the ...

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Pine City Trail

The Pine City Trail begins by leading northward from the Pine City backcountry registry. This route follows an dirt road that was once used to access the mines of Pine City. The trail leads northward one and a half miles to the abandoned mining town. The remains of the ...

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Skull Rock Nature Trail

Skull Rock Nature Trail begins on the northern side of Utah Trail across the road from Jumbo Rocks Campground. There is a marked trailhead and hikers should park along the paved road. Interpretive panels along this easy, two-mile loop explain the plants of the high desert. The trail winds ...

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Wall Street Mill Trail

The Wall Street Mill Trail leads into the Wonderland of Rocks from the northeastern end of Hidden Valley. This route has the highest concentration of mining era ruins of any trail in the park. It leads north from the trailhead .75 miles, passing a house foundation, historic site marker, ...

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