Barker Dam Nature Trail

EASY 32 reviews
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Barker Dam Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twenty-nine Palms, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

1.3 miles 49 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Directions from Oasis Visitor Center: Follow Twentynine Palms Highway (62) westward to Joshua Tree. In Joshua Tree turn left on Park Boulevard, which becomes Quail Springs Road after crossing Alta Loma Drive. Follow Quail Springs Road to the improved road that leads to Hidden Valley Campground. Continue driving past the campground entrance about one mile to the Barker Dam Trail parking area

3 months ago

easy fast hike. I enjoyed it.

4 months ago

Easy, but relaxing hike. The water was almost dried up (in January) so the views were not as good as I had hoped.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Super spiritual

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

So easy a drunk, blind, obese baby could do it. It's a very special place. If you go at the right time you can see it filled with water.

6 months ago

Awesome! There was actually water in the resuvoir.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail. Quick walk to the dam, was hoping to see some animals but it was a weekend and quite busy. Loved the petroglyphs!

hiking
9 months ago

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

Love this trail. Last year, I saw seven female bighorn sheep on November 1, 2014. Then, on November 8, I saw seven male bighorn sheep near the parking lot and the seven females at the dam. As I waited at the dam, the seven males joined the seven females. That was a * * * * * star hike.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiked this trail a couple years ago. This is one of the must see trails in Joshua Tree. The idea is to go to Hidden Valley first then here. Rock formations in Hidden Valley are way better but no Dam. The trail all the way to the Dam is awesome. You actually don’t need to continue any further down the loop, best to turn around from the Dam and head back, because that really were the best landscape views are at.

hiking
1 year ago

Its going to say completed "no" this is only an update review. Hiked this trail a couple years ago. This is a must see trails in Joshua Tree. The time I went there the dam was dry. Didn't see the petroglyphs but they are around the Dam on the adjacent hills. If anybody is visiting Joshua Tree National Park make sure to add this trail to your adventure list.

hiking
1 year ago

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1 year ago

Great rock climbing and views from the rocks next to the dam.

hiking
1 year ago

An nice, easy trail. There is some fun rock scrambling and squeezing. Nothing really challenging, but challenging enough to make it interesting. There are great plants, animals, and rock formations to see on this trail. The petroglyphs are at the end, but have been sadly touched up by someone who did not have permission to do so. Still they are well worth a look.

walking
1 year ago

Nice easy trail with views of the (dry) dam and varied trees and plants. The petroglyphs were very interesting.

hiking
1 year ago

Pretty awesome place... Lots of cool rocks to scramble all over... But thats everywhere. The lake had no water in it, but it was moist and had lots of greenery in the lakebed. We met a ranger that said there had been a small group of bighorn sheep that were feeding here just a week ago. No sheep while we were there... But droppings everywhere.

The main draw for ME was the petroglyphs... They were pretty neat to see in person.

1 year ago

Short easy hike with pretty scenery. The dam is only of historical interest , not really much to look at. Well marked trail , lots of rocks to scramble on for fun.