Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nipton, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The main feature of this trail is the rings which are physically demanding.
Beautiful desert scenery and a tranquil location. As an experienced hiker, I found the portion with the rings to be very easy -- more so than what other reviews suggested. I would probably combine this hike with the Barber Peak Loop Trail next time to spend more time enjoying this area.
Note: the exit for Essex Rd on I-40 is currently under construction and getting to/from this hike may require a detour.
This trail is not very noticable. My friend and I never even found the loops, but instead just climbed each ring individualy. It was kind of fun with the rock climbing, but lots of loose rocks. NOT very child friendly. Also the road up to the place is pretty rough. The view at the top was fantastic. If it wasnt windy I could of stayed for hours.
Everyone focuses on the rings, but the entire trail is thoroughly enjoyable. The entrance to Banshee Canyon is spectacular and offers great photo ops. Some light-to-moderate rock scrambling leads up to the rings, which are a challenge but doable with, if necessary, a hand from someone above. Not a hike to be done alone, as a fall from the rings could be disabling. Perfect time to do is early spring – mid-April to early May. Also spotted a female phainopepla (small dark bird with noticeable crest) on high ground beyond the rings. A great day all around!
The pictures make the rings look easy. It is definitely physically demanding. But worth the challenge.
This is cool for the novelty of the "rings" required to lift or lower yourself [depending on the direction of the loop you are in]. This trail is pretty short and can be used together with the other two trails at the site, Barber Peak Loop and/or Hole-in-the-Wall to Mid Hills. Entering the Banshee Canyon is also pretty unique as you see just why "Hole In The Wall" was given its name.
Because of the rings, this trail isn't necessarily for everyone.