Ryan Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Twentynine Palms, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Oasis of Mara: Follow Utah Trail southwestward approxiamtely 17.5 miles to the Ryan Mountain Trailhead.
Great uphill hike with beautiful views the whole way up.
Out of 20 of the National Parks I've been to, this is in my top 3. The hikes here were so quiet, and beautiful. I opted to stay at a less occupied campground which was a great decision. The sky at night was unbelievable. Id never seen so many stars in my whole life.
Wish I could've spent more time here!! A mere few hours was not enough time to see all that Joshua Tree has to offer. It has a lot of unique, desert views unlike anything that I've seen before. Bring lots of water and dress for the heat!
Brink your Camelbak and hiking sticks for this one. This is a challenging hike, but the views from the top of the mountain are worth it! A must for visitors to Joshua Tree.
So beautiful and a wonderful desert hike! Just make sure to bring more than lots of water because you will dehydrate super fast in the heat, regardless of hiking or not. Also, if you bring your dog, be careful and know that they are only allowed on certain trails.
Shorter in mileage but serious incline. Was a bunch of fun and recommend it for anyone new to JTNP.
I spent five days there, finished the whole trail, that was a amazing Backpacking trip!!!!
Great trail, one of my first hikes in the desert. Went during June 2011 and it was HOT (≈120°F), but it was very enjoyable. Saw some rattlesnakes though it was too hot for them to move or care and some other small desert critters.
Pros: Good amount of parking, not terribly tough but with the heat it was definitely a touch over "moderate," views were great
Cons: Heavy foot traffic, obviously you need to bring your own water with you and you may need a lot depending on how you sweat/expend water
I wouldn't call it easy. I'd put it in the moderate range. The stone staircases can get real steep. Real hard on the knees. It's front country so be ready to share the trail with lots of tourists. The view from the top is worth it.
Quick 1.5 mile jaunt to the top. Nothing spectacular. Very busy during the weekend and/or winter months. First experience in Joshua Tree left me wanting more, but the crowds, parking, traffic did not allow it to happen.