Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twenty-nine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Sample the best of Joshua Tree National Park on this short 1 mile nature trail loop in the heart of the park. If time or the fierce sun means you only have the chance for one short hike at Joshua Tree National Park, then Hidden Valley is a great choice. Encircled on all sides by the familiar golden rock outcroppings of the Joshua Tree park, Hidden Valley certainly lives up to is name. In addition to being a great sheltered location, this place is also rumored to have been well known to 19th century cattle rustlers who would hide their bovine hoards in here. The nature trail takes you on a circuitous route around some of the most prominent features of the park, including interpretive guides to the area's diversity, plant life and geology.
A very short but spectacular hike ... one of my favorites in this park. Great picture opportunities. Spotted a Stellar's Jay on the route. Often very crowded so pcik your visitation time carefully.
This was a nice little trail that went into a valley with a mini unique ecosystem. We went in December during a period of unprecedented visitation, so as expected, this trail was busy. In fact, this trail is heralded as the most popular in the park.
The trail has its own parking lot and vault toilet.
It requires some light climbing up and down rock stairs throughout, but nothing too extreme. No hiking poles are needed.
The trail recommends you proceed clockwise on the loop to better pair with the informational placards.
I don't think December is the optimal time for this trail as many of the plants were dormant or not in blood, but it was still beautiful as it wove thru unique rock formations along the way.
Fantastic little loop to venture off and do some bouldering. Often very crowded.
Easy hike, perfect to begin this park views.
Great trail if you have toddlers in tow!