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.
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.
Shorter in mileage but serious incline. Was a bunch of fun and recommend it for anyone new to JTNP.
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.
Fun trail and gorgeous views from the top. It was a very windy day and was pretty windy at times. Perfect way to start the day!
Beautiful trail, no loose rocks, impressive gain. 360 degree views at the top. Check out snow capped peaks in the distance. Bring plenty of water, snacks. Hat and hiking poles recommended. Payoff is great.
Very easy to find and steep but simple to follow. The views are great, specially Mt San Jacinto
This is a fun little hike with a great view from the top. If you have trekking poles I highly suggest utilizing them on this hike as the 1.5 mile trail gains 1000ft of elevation along the way. There are some big steps and the poles make it nice for extra support, especially when passing slower hikers.
If you are going to go on a weekend in the winter, just realize that unless you set out early there's going to be a lot of people on the trail and many look like they're dressed for the movies rather than hiking. Overall, a well-maintained trail and a great 360 degree view of the park and San Jacinto off in the distance.