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.
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
Very nice hike with great scenery. Be sure to check out the petroglyphs in the rock near the end of the loop. I look forward to returning when water is actually in the "lake".
easy fast hike. I enjoyed it.
Easy, but relaxing hike. The water was almost dried up (in January) so the views were not as good as I had hoped.
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.
Awesome! There was actually water in the resuvoir.
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!
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.
Great rock climbing and views from the rocks next to the dam.
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.
Nice easy trail with views of the (dry) dam and varied trees and plants. The petroglyphs were very interesting.
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.
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.
Super easy hike and well marked trail. Also well travelled, so you will meet lots of other hikers along the way. There is a lake out there, at about halfway, but due to drought, there is not a lot of water. It is still quite beautiful though, and a nice place to stop and rest. As said in other reviews, as you continue around the trail you will come to some petroglyphs. Of historical interest, you will also come across some stone troughs and other vestiges of the ranching of days gone by.