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It is a short and very easy trail. It does have some very interesting and beautiful rock formations. Great for taking pictures. The information signs are very informative and interesting.

hiking
10 days ago

Definitely strenuous. Especially in the summer. Lots of folks turned back because they knew they didn’t have enough water. The view is amazing from the top. Not for the faint of heart.

hiking
18 days ago

This was a challenging hike! I agree with the Park Rangers that it's strenuous. The full sun and elevation climb make it a tough trail but it's a great workout. The lower valley trails are easier and prettier.

hiking
21 days ago

Best hike for the view. Its all uphill, so bring water and a hat, as the whole trail is exposed. Its rated as strenuous in the NP guide, but I think thats too keep the tourists at bay. I can see this being a hike people have to be rescued from....

Short hike, but uphill, but once at the top, you get a beautiful 360 degree view of Joshua tree NP and beyond. Some annoying tourists were at the top flying a drone, which was incredibly annoying so please respect the land and your fellow hikers. The constant buzzing and whipping of drones is incredibly distracting and annoying. Sorry I don't care about the dumb youtube video you are going to make or your instagram likes on a selfie of you. STOP IT. (enough ranting :} ).

A nice hike with lots of views. ..and steps. A moderate hike climbing, but easy climb down , and took only about 2.5 hours round trip including many photos and scenic pauses.

If you like bouldering and lots of people around check out this tail. The rock formations are beautiful, but challenging and abrasive to navigate. We didn't hike the whole loop, but spent about 30 minutes here before venturing on to Lost Horse Mine and Ryan Mtn trails.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was awesome even this late in the season. I hit the trail early and was back at my car by 1145. The trail rating is moderate is correct in my opinion. There are sections of climbing/bouldering at the canyon entrance and exit. You are also exposed for most of the trail with no water and very limited shade until you reach the oasis. Pictures don’t do this place justice. It was beautiful. I did submit a recording. It accidentally paused it for .7 if a mile. I also didn’t make the full loop the end of the trail so you’re looking at 7.5 miles easy round trip. Be prepared for heat, have water and enjoy! As an experienced hiker this trail was not a waste of time. Not as challenging as some, but there is more to a hike that elevation gain etc.. absolutely beautiful and highly recommend.

Not a hike, but a very cool spot to check out the teddy bear cholla. I’ll admit I wasn’t stoked on coming here, but I’m glad my friend convinced me. Loved seeing the cool cacti.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Hiked it Memorial Day weekend, which was warm but not crazy hot. It took us about 90 mins to get to the Willow Hole, taking plenty of pictures along the way. So cool to see all the different types of plants in the desert. Enjoyed having the shady area to rest in before heading back. We saw some sort of reptile rustling around in the sand and leaves near the willows. Pretty cool. Also saw a jackrabbit on the way back. The way back was a little quicker since it was warmer and we wanted to get back to the car. Bring plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun.

As you start the hike you will come across a “fork” in the trail marked by stones gathered together in the Shape of a

Super cool to see all these cactus. Bees were not a problem. A must see if you get to the park.

Beautiful 360-degree views await you at the summit! It’s not too difficult of a hike if you have proper footwear, sufficient water and sun protection. Go early in the morning and bring some snacks to enjoy at the top.

I really enjoyed this trail. It had many different, rocky paths, and you had good views of old mining camps and abandoned buildings.

I really enjoyed this trail. The dam was kind of shallow, but the view was nice, there was lots of scenic background and great spot for taking photos.

A challenging but nice trail. It takes you high up the mountain.

Good loop with chances for rock scrambling if so inclined. Nice for a short trail run.

Great little walk. Truly an amazing little spot on the more desolate Colorado desert side of Joshua Tree. I wouldn’t say go out of your way but if you come in the cottonwood gate it’s worth the stop.

Great for a quick workout, but I tend to go when no one is up there somehow and I can’t help but have this Erie feeling..

Beautiful, easy hike. Just wish it was a bit more off the road. I always see chuckwallas and last time a 4 foot diamondback

I did this trail by mistake (credit to bad prep I guess). It can be hard to follow at the begining, but I think it got better as the trail went on. Not amazing so maybe do another one in the area.

Nice one, worth doing with the other small one around like discovery and skull rock, but it does get repetitive. Still, it gives a good feeling for what is around

hiking
2 months ago

Considering that this is one of the few mountain hike around, it is fairly nice. It gives a nice view around, and is done very quickly (50 min up, 40 min down)

That was well worth the small detour! After a full day of walking around and being fairly dirsty, the sight of the pond/lake is very special. Small walk worth doing

Worth doing along with the other loop around there. Not great but it's giving you a good feel of this area, and it's fairly short

Maybe I missed what was special about this, but I would personnally skip it. It's not very different then other small hike in the area. Of course if you are camping there, why not?

If you are driving by, it's worth stopping to look at these Cholla cactus. Really in general, I think Joshua Tree is a lot about admiring the beauty of desert vegetation, and this is very special.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice morning stroll if you are camping in cottonwood camping. Took about 3 hours, including going a bit deeper once I reached the palm trees. It's nice, and getting to oasis spring is special, it feels like you just arrived somewhere totally different with these big trees.

The cactus is cute. It's suitable to take pictures here before sunset.

hiking
2 months ago

It's a short trail but maybe the most interesting one.

hiking
2 months ago

The sight is similar to some other trais in this park. Many rocks with various shapes.

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