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3 days ago

Very soggy a few days after a heavy snow, but beautiful nonetheless!

3 days ago

Should be rated easy to moderate. No rocks or roots to scramble over. Very smooth path. Gradual incline with generous amounts of downhill. Took 54 minutes to get up to Ramsey Cascades. Just gorgeous. Easily doable in flip flops or tennis shoes and no need for cold weather gear. Zero stream crossings.

5 days ago

Pleasant easy walk in the winter, when there are few visitors. beautiful forest.

nature trips
13 days ago

Short loop around the area. Boulders to climb and play on. Very quick with informative placards. Good for families.

Backpacked here in the fall. What a great place for an overnighter. Slept right by the water and could hear fish jumping all night. Cannot wait to return.

15 days ago

Second hike of the new year. This was the first time on this trail. The elevation changes were good and some really pretty views. The trail was muddier than I had anticipated. I had also brought a bag to carry litter out, and it was surprisingly clean! Nice hike and I can't wait to do it again when the trails aren't as wet.

Beautiful park. I would recommend going during the “off” season. It is very heavily trafficked when the spring and summer hits.

20 days ago

Brought in The New Year with The Hell’s Point Challenge, 8 Miles. Using most of the trails in the park. Check into The Nature Center for the map. Finish the challenge and they award you with a sticker and water bottle. Awesome New Years Day.

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22 days ago

Great little loop with the whole family. Lots of fun boulders to climb and idyllic picture spots. Really cold and crowded day yesterday. Had to park a half mile away in a pullout because the parking lots nearby were all full.

lovely easy hike, not much of a lake but the views and that forest is totally worth it.

Enjoyed every step. It was a physical challenge. Although trail is 8.2 miles, FitBit clocked it at about 11.5, and it felt it. Rained 2 days before, and the Falls were amazing. There was a lot to see on the trail, not just the Falls.

23 days ago

Good intro to the park and some easy bouldering for nice vistas. Don’t choose this if you want to avoid the crowds.

Fairly easy, though there is a paved road side and an unpaved side that’s a little more challenging.

Great views of half dome. Areas to stop and throw rocks in the water, if that’s of interest. Decent picnic type hike. Still open and clear in the winter.

Park at north pines camp ground if you can. There’s also a shuttle stop if you are able to get on the shuttle.

Easy and beautiful. No water necessary here because it’s so short. Nice places for easy rock climbing.

Extremely popular hike but for good reason. This trail is easy and has a little bit of everything JTNP has to offer. The interesting boulder formations and wide variety of plant life are not only pleasant to look at but thanks to the many educational plaques along the path, you can learn about what you're looking at too. There are no elevated viewpoints unless you are willing to scramble to the top of the rocks, which we saw many people doing, even in jeans and without ideal footwear.

Beautiful hike, especially along the river

Just beautiful. Not many people in the winter months, at least, so a peaceful walk alongside the river. Stunning rock scapes and a scenic bridge over the river at the half way point. The mirror image was worth everything!

For a short hike, this one offers a lot of value. 1. Rock Hopping and Bouldering is available for hours. 2. Great diversity of desert plants to see. 3. Photography opportunities abound from sunrise to Noon to sunset to overnight, the way the sun can play off the numerous boulders, rock walls, and trees is awesome. We came early morning in December, temperatures in the upper 30s and very peaceful, I believe my group of 3 had the entire valley to ourselves for the first 1.5 hours. The nature trail winds around and you do need to look for the signs or plant icons along the way to stay on the official trail.

Great, easy hike. If you’re limited on time and want to get a sampling of the best of Joshua Tree, this is the hike you’ll want to do. Lots of boulder piles, cacti, Joshua trees, wildlife and more. Super scenic, and if want a bit of adventure you can climb and scramble over the boulders. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow. Excellent for newbie hikers or families with kids. You’ll also see many rock climbers and boulderers in the area.

Great trail close to Indy. Good elevation changes for those looking for a challenge. There are many established campsites in the backcountry area. Great trail for a first backpacking overnight. Love this trail.

Awesome views. Great way to take in Yosemite Valley.

Very easy “walk in the park” type of trail that was absolutely breath taking! A must see while in Joshua Tree!

Great trail to visit after a few rainy days. Beautiful waterfall but the hike is difficult particularly toward the end.

Easy hike to get started.

Rewarding and easy one mile hike with lots of different plants. Good signage, though the busy nature of it means that people are all over the place.

Many rocks to climb on and beautiful views from the top of them!

1 month ago

This is an awesome trail overall. Hardly hiked, so in the summer there will be spider webs. There's a lot of wildlife on this trail, so if you're quiet, you will see a fair amount of deer, does, etc. I spotted a beaver, fox, and two doe on this trail. The trail changes quiet a bit.

I’m not this fittest guy in the world but for most of this trail I was thinking it was more moderate than hard. Then I reached the last section (the rock scramble) and oh boy, it’s definitely a calf burner and a knee killer on the way down. But overall I really enjoyed this trail! Fantastic waterfall at the end. It took just over 5 hours to complete.

Beautiful trail, but we didn’t see many people on this route through Cucumber Gap and it could use a little work. Trail signs were present and easy to follow once we found Cucumber Gap.

We started at Jake’s Trail because the parking lot at Little River was full. So, unless you turn around after Little River & Cucumber Gap, it really isnt a “loop”. It was a little confusing, but the map helped. There was a steady climb for the first 3 miles and a challenging water crossing. So, if the parking lot is full, you may want to park by Jake’s Trail, but walk down the road to start at Little River Trail. To finish the loop, we had to walk up the road.

I enjoyed the longer trail, but it was more challenging. Luckily, someone laid a bunch of logs over a stream and we bushwacked about 50 ft to find it. We could not have crossed otherwise, water moving quickly due to previous rain
i assume.

Once we arrived at Little River Trail, it was more crowded (and for obvious reasons: there was a waterfall, scenic river views and ALL Flat).

Old cabins are laid out along the historic trail which is also accessible from this trail.

Beautiful very easy for the kids very wet tho.

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