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Walked it with our three-year-old on foot and 1-year-old in a stroller. Had to stroller-carry at points, but it was manageable. Water at the dam was low and stagnant, but my wife got some great pictures of the rocks reflecting in the pool. Beautiful walk through the Joshua Trees at sunset.

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.

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.

If you’re looking for a quick easy hike, this is it. There’s an actual dam and the landscape is beautiful.

Super short and easy hike well worth the stop. We went at dusk and enjoyed beautiful lighting by sunset and an uncrowded trail. Nice informative placards and a cool unexpected petroglyph stop along the way as well. The dam itself is pretty cool and seeing water and lush trees in the middle of the desert was pretty awesome.

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.

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

Really nice to see water in the middle of the desert, and so much wildlife around it! There are also a lot of rocks for climbing and on top of one of them I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets of my life.

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!

A short walk with petroglyphs, easy-to-access climbing, animals, and informational plaques about the wildlife.

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12 days ago

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

This was an awesome trail but be cautious the trail is not visible and will need to use the app for guidance. Make sure you have a battery charger backup.

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

Good hike going through the rocks and culminating at the old dam (which still looks as functioning). Very nice opportunity for rock climbing along the way

Amazing hike and best place to visit in Joshua Tree. We really didn’t expect there to be water here but there is, an oasis in Joshua Tree! Go early to get a parking spot, later in afternoon too crowded to even get a spot!

Great hike!

Very easy hike and what a view on the water.. Great.. but so busy on Thanksgiving week-end

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15 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..

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16 days ago

A hike during the night so not able to view all that this hike can offer. But overall very easy and although again without any proper markers, there is no fear of losing the path anytime.

As the previous comment goes, forget the trail, just wander around in the desert! I had so much fun out here. I used landmarks to find my way around, check my recording, I gave up trying to follow any route. I didn’t find any Well, but there were a couple of small sources of water in the valleys. But I took 3 litres and that was more than enough.

Coyotes were howling in the distance, and I started the trail under a full moon in the morning to witness a stunning sunrise. I’ll be doing this again soon!

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

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17 days ago

11/21/18 This was our first hike as a couple! The road that leads into the trail is still closed. The rangers were very helpful in helping us navigate to the start of the trail. We made a few wrong turns but we were able to navigate back on the trail. The app is so helpful! Our entire hike ended up being 11 miles (lol) and took 5.25 hours. The oasis at the end did not have any water but some palm trees at the bottom of the canyon. Very cool view. Weather was perfect with a nice breeze which was welcome. If you want to save yourself a couple miles I’d suggest driving up to the camping area where there is parking near the group sites and entrance to the trail. We would definitely do this next time.

20 days ago

Busy parking lot. Nice hike. Good views.

Combines one of my favorite trails anywhere, Split Rock Loop, with an adventure out to the miner’s house. To start, take the right-hand trailhead at Split Rock Loop parking lot as shown in the map here, after a quarter mile or so you’ll see an unmarked trail heading off to the right. That’s the start of this Eagle Mine trail that goes to the cabin, with a steep incline enroute.

During your return trip, once you come back to Split Rock Loop junction, I highly recommend taking a right to complete the 1.6mile portion of the loop that you didn’t see on the way in (counterclockwise). Time it so that you’re passing through this final 60+ minute section of the loop during sunset. The various views, colors, and formations properly lit at this time of day are freaking magic, and you’ll probably have the place to yourself. People always leave before the light show (sunset) begins. This is when Joshua Tree really shines!

Amazing day. Brings lots of water and food.

22 days ago

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

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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