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hiking
1 day ago

This was definitely moderate. The first half is all uphill and a tough cardiovascular workout. I'm 61 and I used hiking poles. I highly recommend them. It is only a mile and a half up so that is good. The top offers a fantastic view. Coming down is tougher on the joints for those of us over a certain age, but not bad if you're careful.
Younger folks will get through this easily.

Easy to moderate for regular hikers. Did this in the fall so it was cool, I would imagine it would be hot otherwise due to no shade. Good views at the top mid way through. At the end in a canyon is the oasis of trees. No water / wildlife when I visited.

A lot harder than I thought. It’s basically a scramble not a hike so come prepared to climb most of it. We started too late and didn’t summit. Lots of fun challenging boulders.

I give this a 5 even though it was rather difficult to navigate this past weekend. We ended up getting a bit lost because the areas that were flooded ended up looking like they could be part of the trail. However, such is nature and we still got to experience the beautiful landscape. We started from the Cottonwood Springs campground so we used that as our landmark as we navigated back.

nature trips
4 days ago

Loved this trail as there were a lot of beautiful rock formations and places to explore with my 5 year old.

Once you find the trailhead the trail is well marked. The canyon is lush and beautiful. The last climb to the peak is strenuous but brief so the hike is not too challenging. The views from the peak are beautiful.

My boyfriend and I did this hike December ‘17 and it wasn’t too bad. The beginning was a long stretch across the valley but then once you started hitting the side of the mountain that’s where the elevation came in. It looks over the desert plain and if you’re lucky, it can be eerily too quiet staring out into the vastness. Once we rounded the mountain we arrived at the mine where we had lunch and it was about 2 miles back to the trail head from that point if I remember correctly.

A nice out-and-back hike with a little bit of climb. We do this hike once or twice a month. It's right off highway 62, so it's easy to get to the trailhead compared to the trails in JTNP proper. Seeing the tops of the oasis palms in the distance is always a treat after you round the bend. We were once greeted by a view of a family of bighorns feasting on California Barrel Cactus.

Beautiful and well marked hike! Just pay attention to the stone curbs that guide the way. We did the clockwise loop and enjoyed some fun up and downs on the North View trail with a short side walk up to the expansive Copper Mountain Viewpoint. The variety of plants and rock formations throughout was awesome.

Once back to the Maze Loop, the trail becomes very easy. The east side of the Maze Loop was short but enjoyable, and Window Rock was very obvious from the side trail. The south side of Maze Loop is very wide and sandy, but otherwise the trail was mostly rocky and on solid ground. The last 1.5 miles runs parallel to the road, but the noise isn't too bad. Would totally do again.

Great hike. Started at about 9am and still plenty of parking. (Very limited parking so get there early) Did the loop counter clockwise which gets you the steep upgrade climb at about mile 4.5. Great views and not very crowded. Bring plenty of water. Would def do this one again.

Mellow hike through diverse vegetation and terrain (rocky, sandy, solid). We saw few people and several birds throughout. Cool to see the variety of rock formations and plants in the less windy parts of the trail versus the windward areas. The actual sign says 2.0 miles.

Crowded hike with expansive views. Really nicely constructed steps! Easy to navigate and a cool variety of terrain and sights.

Nice and easy trail, and you can connect it with Discovery trail and the Skull Rock trail. Many rocks to climb on along the way!

hiking
11 days ago

This hike is full of steps 1.5 miles up! Once you get to the top there’s an elevation sign perfect for a photo opp. It gives you a good workout, but is not too strenuous. Highly recommended!

hiking
15 days ago

Great place to bring the family for a hike. The view at the top is amazing.

trail running
15 days ago

Very easy and fun trail. Very cool rocks.

trail running
15 days ago

Love this trail! Short but a tough hike and run.

Great hike. We did the Loop counterclockwise, which gave us some amazing views while making the climb up to the Mine.

Keep going in one direction although there are no markers on your way. Easy hike with no elevation gain but nice rock formations and trees on your way. History of Wall Street Mill makes it an interesting place

hiking
17 days ago

I did it yesterday.. A bit harder on the way up, I was a bit worry for my knees on the return, but incredibly easy since I took my time. Was easier to go down than up.. Using walking poles helped me a lot..

Great views, awesome rock formations.

I always followed in “Keep calm and believe in alltrails”. But what happened here. Hiking a 1200 ft in 1.2 miles is not easy. Make it moderate atleast if not siding towards hard. But 5 stars througout. Views begin as soon as 0.2-0.3 miles in and once you reach the top, you have 360 degree views all around. I saw sunset at one side and turned around to see full moon coming up. Awesome.

Moderate hike, fantastic views. Definitely recommend hiking clockwise to take advantage of the view

on The Maze Loop

21 days ago

Great. Combined with window loop and north canyon loop. Didn’t see another hiker in 4hours! Plan appropriately.

22 days ago

Busy parking lot. Nice hike. Good views.

Great to do something in Yucca Valley. Nice change from our usual lower desert hikes. Nice loop along a ridge line. Joshua trees everywhere! Trail mellow and easy to follow. But, fairly sandy.

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!

Fine it several times. Easy hike. Nice mine at the end.

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