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This trail is pretty short, but don’t let that fool you! You can spend a lot of time exploring this area. I thought it was very peaceful, I did this hike around 7am in February. So not a lot of people were out, but by the time I finished the parking lot was full. I took my time exploring the rock features along the way. Plus, it’s probably the only place you’re going to see a body of water in the park. Lol.

The Park rated this moderate but it was basically easy. The trail isn’t marked hardly at all. We asked someone passing us if we were heading the correct way and on our way out others asked us the same. The gold mill was neat but not worth it for us.

A very short walk through a mass of cholla cacti. It’s definitely worth a quick stop (the trail is very short and can be done in a few minutes) and the view to the south towards the Pinto Basin with all the cacti in the foreground is very beautiful.

They were out of the informational pamphlets when we were there which was unfortunate.

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see. Would recommend doing this either earlier or later in the day to beat or follow the crowds as there is sometimes some congestion around Skull Rock. Climbing on the surrounding rocks is fun and a good way to get away from some of the people in the trail.

A short and easy hike through some interesting rock formations and vegetation. The informational signs in the area are pretty neat. There’s fun to be had scrambling around the rocks.

The trail isn’t really labeled until you get up close, but it’s in the White Tank campground.

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see. Would recommend doing this either earlier or later in the day to beat or follow the crowds as there is sometimes some congestion around Arch Rock.

A fun little hike in Joshua Tree. Pretty short and easy. Like a lot of places in Joshua Tree, the rock formations are pretty fun to explore and climb. The dam itself and the history are pretty interesting.

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see.

4 days ago

short trail but hike around the arch for more views

4 days ago

short trail but interesting

Fun scramble beyond the lake

One of my favorite parts of Joshua Tree! We went at sunset and it was stunning! Very easy, not even really a hike but gorgeous none the less!

Great hike! Definitely had me sweating at times but wasn't hard! Agree with another poster--the trail was better than the oasis but I enjoyed it all around!

A very nice hiking loop. We enjoyed it very much.

Terrific short (3.5 miles ft), moderate hike. Best early AM as trail traffic increases after 10/10:30AM. Trail is actually more interesting and rewarding than the oasis.

Short but beautiful nature walk through some cholla cacti. Go an hour before sunset to see the sun shine through the cactus needles and give them a magical glow!

We enjoyed this easy loop trail with lots to see and fun photography options. Lots of places to scamper on the rocks and a good trail for those more interested in meandering.

Just enough elevation climb and diversity all around was amazing. Kids could go off trail and free climb some boulders. Loved the oasis.

Located a little south of Hwy 62 and you can do this hike without paying to enter Joshua Tree National Park. There was plenty of parking when we were there in February. There is also a bathroom at the trail head. It is pretty steep for the first .75 miles of the hike and then you go down and reach the oasis about 1.5 miles from the parking lot and since this is an out and back trail RT is about 3 miles with about 600 ft of elevation gain. We did it later in the day and it was pretty busy. Takes about 1-2 hrs to complete. Some good views and the oasis area with the palms is pretty cool.

We seemed to have taken the route opposite to most of the other hikers and there were a few times we weren’t sure if we had lost the trail but all roads lead back to the parking. Neat to see all the weathered cars and old mill out in the desert.

The hike to the dam is easy and the dam itself is worth the visit.

This was probably my sons favorite trail as there were so many cool rock formations to climb. To get the full loop you hike into Jumbo Rocks campground and head toward the main road. You catch the last part of the loop on the opposite side of the road. Don’t miss this part of the loop! It’s super cool terrain!

Great kid friendly trail but easy to get lost if you get off the trail. There is an old building and rusted out car towards the beginning of the trail but you have to go off trail to see it. Just make sure you get back on the main trail after you go see it. Two other rusted out cars near the mill. Super cool and fun for kids.

Short hike but cool photo opportunity with the arch. If you feel adventurous there are rocks to scramble around. It’s a good hike to end the day.

I have never been hiking in Joshua Tree National Park, so this is a question for those who have traveled and hiked here. Do you have tour guides or just offer maps to hike each trail listed on your own? Thank you!

This was a nice easy scenic trail. Have an opportunity to sit and hang out on the rocks over the damned pond.

Short easy hike with some opportunity for some cool easy rock climbing.

Cool stop sling the way between hikes but more of a sideshow than a hike.

10 to 15 minute walk. Stroll through a huge cactus garden. Cool stuff.

Short and sweet hike to a nice arch Rock! be early since parking is very limited

24 days ago

So cool!! We had a great time walking along the trail and watching others climb the rocks.

Very nice hike especially in spring when there is still water in the little lake that is barred by the dam. Unfortunately it has the same problem as Hidden Valley...too many people.

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