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Kid friendly hikes in Joshua Tree

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11 hours ago

I was the first car in the parking lot and had the whole place to myself! It was beautiful and peaceful.

Excellent way to start the day! Love the terrain.

The summit makes you work for it, but the view is worth the effort. Recommend trekking poles for those of you who suffer from weak knees or lungs, like me.

The view from Mastedon Peak is terrific, although you have to be comfortable with a little boulder scrambling to achieve the absolute top.

As of October 2018 the portion of Mastedon Loop which coincides with the Lost Palms Oasis Trail is closed due to minor flood damage. There is no signage to indicate this if you start the Loop at the campground and go clockwise. Don’t know why, with all those rangers hanging out at the visitor center none thought to inform the hikers.

Awesome hike! Moderately difficult on the way up, easy strolling on the way down. Bring a windbreaker if you can!

Easy. Lots of sand. Nice view at the top n

Easy. Easy. Easy.

Done it 3 times. Once in 105 degree weather
It’s a good trail. Not simple, not too hard.

8 days ago

This is a very enjoyable trail and easy to trek. But there is not enough directions on where it starts and ends. You just have to guess at what you’re doing.

Awesome experience second time around.

Rock stairs!

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14 days ago

This was a fantastic hike! Just under 3 miles, completed btwn 12:30pm and 2pm on Saturday, Nov 3rd. Great views during the entire hike with 360 degree views at the top. Listed as ‘Easy’ on AllTrails, the trail is very clean and well kept, but moderately strenuous for the 1.5 miles to the top. Hope to be able to do again in the future as a run.

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16 days ago

Nice, short steep hike. 3.5 stars if there was a half star allowed. Views are the similar throughout the trail. Did see some mountain sheep about half way on the trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Short but rewarding hike with panoramic views from the summit. Rather steep on the way up, but manageable for anyone in reasonable shape. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a shorter hike, it took approximately 90 minutes at a leisurely pace with time for photos at the top.

We did this trail as a night hike and it was pretty awesome. May want to bring gloves as there is a ton of bouldering to be had.

hiking
26 days ago

good medium length hike with intense elevation, it will have your legs aching. great 360 degree vista at the top and many beautiful rock formations. we saw lots of bighorn, they were badass. have fun get there early, in Oct we had face full of sunshine 80% of the way

Good hike- start earlier as the sun is intense and the hike is very exposed. Super dry climate so drink a lot of water! Lots is stairs and consistent incline all the way up. Good 360 views from the top.

Pretty but VERY crowded

Hiking was easy and definitely not difficult unless you have never hiked and don’t do any exercise. The views were spectacular.

Unbelievably beautiful!! Worth the trek to the top

Fun little loop, saw some tarantulas!

Beautiful desert trail - saw the sunset on top. Vivid colors of the sky.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Had a blast on this trail even though was 1 mile it was a little difficult as far as directions. you just have to stay on the pass and trust your judgment and you should be fine

Don’t know what we did wrong, but on this seemingly simple loop we got quite twisted, frustrated, and confused. Gorgeous views and nice signage (for the first half of the trail). Had a blast on the rocks.

Beautiful easy trail. We went in late September, but even then, some blooms. The dam was almost dry, but it was nice to see cat tails in the desert just below the dam.

Loved this trail! Although I felt it was a little longer than 1.5 miles each way that could be because it consisted of straight uphill incline for most of the hike. Not shaded, so drink lots of water. Took about 2 hours total. Great 360 degree views of the park from the top of the mountain! Overall a solid hike and great workout.

hiking
2 months ago

One of our fave JT hikes — we always do it first thing in the morning because it makes 85% of the ascent shaded, which really makes a difference. It’s a lot of natural “stairs,” and pretty strenuous if it’s in the sun or you aren’t used to serious inclines. But the view at the top, and along the way, is amazing. It gets very windy at the top, so watch your hat. Again, recommend starting by 8:30am, not only for the shade but to watch the shadows change on the landscape as you climb... great photo ops.

Beautiful and easy hike. Divers vegetations.

Had a lot of fun here! Went towards the end of the day to catch the evening light for pictures, stayed until after dark to catch the stars. Family friendly with a lot of rocks to climb on. We did walk up on a good size rattle snake, we gave it its space and each party went their separate ways.

Fun to see water in such a dry place. If only there were fish...

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