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Joshua Tree National Park

Hiking Trails

Day Hikes and Longer Trails

    Boy Scout Trail

    8 miles one way - hiking time: 4-5 hours
    Starting point > Indian Cove backcountry board or Keys West backcountry board 0.5 mile east of Quail Springs Picnic area
    Description: Scenic trail through western most edge of Wonderland of Rocks. See backcountry board for information on overnight use.
    Difficulty = Moderate.

    49 Palms Oasis

    3 miles - hiking time: 2-3 hours
    Starting point > Parking area at end of Canyon Road, 4 miles west of Twentynine Palms off Hwy 62.
    Description: Several stands of fan palms, evidence of past fires, and pools of water are found at the oasis. The plants in this area are especially fragile, so walk lightly.
    Difficulty = Moderately strenuous.

    Lost Horse Mine/Mountain

    4 miles - hiking time: 3-4 hours
    Starting point > Parking area 1.2 miles east of Keys View Road.
    Description: Site of ten-stamp mill and foundations. Summit elevation: 5,278 feet.
    Difficulty = Moderately strenuous.

    Lost Palms Oasis

    7.5 miles - hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Starting point > Cottonwood Spring or Cottonwood Campground.
    Description: A canyon with numerous palm stands. A side trip to Victory Palms and Munsen Canyon involves boulder scrambling.
    Difficulty = Moderate to oasis overlook then strenuous.

    Mastodon Peak

    3 miles - hiking time: 2-3 hours
    Starting point > Cottonwood Spring or Cottonwood Campground.
    Description: Excellent views of the Eagle Mountains and Salton Sea. Summit elevation - 3,371 feet.
    Difficulty = Moderate.

    Ryan Mountain

    3 miles - hiking time: 2-3 hours
    Starting point > Ryan Mountain parking area or Sheep Pass Campground.
    Description: Excellent views of Lost Horse, Queen and Pleasent Valleys. Summit elevation - 5,461 feet.
    Difficulty = Moderately strenuous.

    Black Rock Canyon Hiking Trails

      Short Loop

      Eureka Peak

      Panorama Loop

      Warren Peak and Warren View

Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice


Ryan Mountain

Also see:

Nature Trails

Backcountry Roads

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