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fun easy trail with one spot moderate. 33's, no locker XJ crawled right thru the one section.

great hike today!

The owner said that access to the springs via his property is permanently closed. This may change subject to his whims, but steer clear unless you want a serious chewing out. Owner referenced the number of people that come unprepared and the "daily" rescues. The road in and out was dicey after the recent rains. Who knows if it's actually closed or if he just decided to close it for the day, either way, the owner was very rude.

Update to those coming through Bowen Ranch. The owner no longer allows camping at his property and is very strict on entry and exit for day hikes. The hours are 7am - 5pm and he wants people out before dark or he charges an extra $10 per person. He will not let anyone in during rainy days. The road is already washed out from recent rains.

Unfortunately the popularity of this place due to Instagram, travel blogs and hiking apps like AllTrails have led to an unprecedented number of people illegally camping at the springs, leaving lots of garbage and getting lost requiring the sheriff to search and rescue many people via helicopter. A man died at the springs this past august because he was jumping from rocks into shallow water while trying to get GoPro footage of himself. The other road by his property is only for offroading vehicles and many have gotten stuck there, please don’t. Finally do not go to the springs if you are not comfortable with nudity!

camping
9 days ago

Once in a life time trail. recomend for anyone! must do. absolutely will not regret. bring fire lots of firewood. enjoy the night sky and the coyote calling at night. lots of animals signs if u know where to look. bring heater cuz it's cold at night. I traveled west to east. right off the bat is a three feet water crossing. I made it just fine in a stock gx470. heavily loaded with gear guess and dog. start the wake and stay behind the wake. I did it on 2low center diff locked. after that is a rock wall climb. I dented my rear trailing arm mount on the way up. another three feet water crossing is nextbut there is a by pass on the far left of u dont want to get wet again. after that it was just beautiful trails. take lots of pics and enjoy!

Morning hike today, encountered a couple of hikers with dogs. No problem until dogs proceeded to charge at me which fortunately no harm no foul, but then the owners seemed put off that they had to call off their dogs. I have no problem with dogs and they are allowed on this trail but follow leash rules and all will be good

off road driving
10 days ago

Definitely a great time. Couple of narrow/switchback sections that would be tough for a truck. I did it in a stock Wrangle JL, no problem...other than we started at 4pm. About 1.5 hours in and it was pitch black. Bad call on my part I guess, as it was only my second time off roading, but everything ended up ok. We started on the south end, so we got the first technical part done with plenty of light. Right before you get to the easy section in JTNP, there’s a pretty rocky, difficult section. We got through without any scrubbing or rubbing, so that was good. Big thing... plan your time accordingly, it took us like 3.5 hours from Dillon road to Park Rd in JTNP. Otherwise it was a lot of fun and built a lot of confidence for me in the capabilities of my Jeep. 4x4 and good clearance are a must. Also look out, there’s a lot of “ranges” in the slot canyons to the south on the BLM land, so lots of shooters and gunfire, nothing sketchy, but it just takes one person not paying attention to ruin everyone’s day.

great place

Just completed this hike with a friend. The hike is close to town and good length for a quick hike. My GPS said 5.5 miles but we took a few side trips. We were 3 hours door to door and we took our time to look around and take pictures.

off road driving
16 days ago

A great adventure! I recommend doing the trip in 3 days with two overnights. That will allow you to take the time to explore your surroundings. I especially recommend hiking the trail at Fort Piute to check out the petroglyphs. We had two stock 4x4 Grand Cherokees (2012 and 2008) with slightly oversized BFG KO2s. 90% of the trail was easy and about 10% moderate difficulty. Traveling East to West the hill descent into Watson Wash was a bit sketchy- especially as we arrived there at dusk. In its current condition climbing that hill would not be possible in a stock rig. The hill can be bypassed if necessary; two lifted and well equipped wranglers tried to climb it while we were there and had to bypass.

Great Hike. Recommend leaving early or doing in the winter time. Dog friendly with some rocky sections in between.

What a wonderful hike. So worth it when you get to the vista overlooking the Coachella Valley, as far as the eyes can see.. Would definitely do again! Takes lots of water. The terrain is awesome and for occasional hikers it was challenging enough to feel a major sense of accomplishment.

My favorite trail. Relatively easy hike through the desert to beautiful hot springs. Any car can handle the “off roading”- drive slow. Must see

off road driving
21 days ago

Fun moderate to easy trail. Great views at the top and interesting climbs through small canyons.

off road driving
29 days ago

Felt like Tatooine Sand People were going to descend at any minute. Felt like there was a high probability of a meth/ heroin encounter, which is a bit concerning based on the proximity to a BLM shooting range. (All of those celebrating their Constitutional rights today at 8 am were complete gentlemen. An armed society is a polite society). Did not see anyone intending harm, but did see hundreds of (spray) painted rocks, an abandoned refrigerator or two, lots of broken glass, car parts, mechanical parts, and just plain parts. Everywhere. Would go back, just without kids, with bear spray, and with lots more ammo.

It was a nice hike. Hard to follow the trail though as it isn’t maintained. Loved seeing the petroglyphs.

hiking
1 month ago

Well my opinion has changed - a women’s prerogative

11/6/18 Drove to the trail head in a Ford Focus st. Take your time and a small vehicle does just fine with no scraping what so ever. Beautiful views at the hot spring but be advised there will be nudists at certain points. The hike out is all up hill making it more challenging on the way back. Pretty decent work out. I will return to hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

We got a little off track at the beginning so pay attention. We went the loop clockwise. For us this hike is conveniently located and is interesting, diverse and a good overall challenge. Wear good shoes, take more water than you think and if you have this app on your phone pay attention to it so you don’t wander off like we did.

My husband and I hiked this morning, we saw only one other couple on the trail. Very beautiful and interesting rock formations. a few times we realized we were off the trail, GPS helped us back on the trail. Even though there are signs but some spots are not super clear. Took us 2hours 40 minutes
We enjoyed very much!

Great hike - take the left loop as very interesting formations and interesting terrain. Excellent views from ridge top. Very tiring for a 4 mile loop. Need to be able to do a bit of steep climbing in a few areas.

you can't really go up the trail with the regular car at least not with a 4 by 4. I recommend you come with either a dune buggy or a 4 by 4 truck.

off road driving
1 month ago

i haven't been on West Phillips Drive in about 10 years. It is much more challenging now after years of getting washed out. I made it pretty easily in a mostly stock Jeep JK on 35's.

Beautiful colours at sunrise this morning, friendly coyote and very well marked trail. Great start to the day.

off road driving
1 month ago

I took this road as part the geology scenic road with my fiancée in Joshua Tree. It first starts as dirt then it transitions into Berdoo canyon (all gravel). We were driving 2017 jeep grand cherokee 4x4. You definitely need high clearance, also some tires with a bit a of side wall. Low tire pressure is recommended especially with so many small sharp rocks. I recommend you get a spotter on certain parts to make it easier. If your driving a lifted truck or suv with good tires it should be a breeze. BTW. Talk about the Hills Have Eyes, the entire canyon gave us that vibe. All in all not to bad if you have the proper off road vehicle. Good Luck!

off road driving
1 month ago

Went to Berdoo with stock Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback with BF KO2 tires. (No lift on both cars). We took the trails towards south which made obstacles much easier for our rides. 2 inch lift would make this trail very easy. Our only problem was the ground clearance. Pretty much any SUV can make this trail towards south. If you are planing to start from Palms Springs and finish at Joshua Tree, make sure that you have some better ground clearance than stock SUVs.

off road driving
1 month ago

Went to Berdoo with stock Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback with BF KO2 tires. (No lift on both cars). We took the trails towards south which made obstacles much easier for our rides. 2 inch lift would make this trail very easy. Our only problem was the ground clearance. Pretty much any SUV can make this trail towards south. If you are planing to start from Palms Springs and finish at Joshua Tree, make sure that you have some better ground clearance than stock SUVs.

Beauty in our backyard! Loved it. Not hard at all.

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