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nice views

A fantastic overnighter (Indian Cove-Willow Hole-back). One of the better trails for a moderate backpack trip in JT and nice for a solo excursion. All the uphill is near the beginning at Indian Cove, followed by cathedrals of rock formations. Going in ~5 miles to camp in the rocks is nice, then ~13 miles to Willow Hole and back.

Tips: Camping is only on the west side of the Boy Scout trail and not allowed on the Willow Hole trail. There's a lot of sandy washes so gaiters might be good. Midweek is nice and quiet. Take sun protection seriously and pack lots of water! That's standard fare for JT but being 6+ miles from anything means "for reals."

Beautiful!! Slightly uphill the whole way but awesome view everywhere — I ran 1 hour in but next time I’d like to run 1:20 in so pretty!!

Trail is well marked, as well as unremarkable. Wash running uphill with a few rocks here and there. Found dirty water at willow hole. Cool rock formations once there. This would be an awesome trail to do right after a big rain, as the majority of it is in a wash.

Hiked Saturday on a cold weather day, stayed out with snow flurries, midway through cold wind and sun. Will do again when the weather is warmer
Beautiful views

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

We would not call this hard, moderate. Although is says best from March to Oct we went Jan 1 and it was great. It would be awesome during wild flower blooming time.

Wonderful hike, highly recommended!

Geology road tour was in great condition. Some spots had washboard, but nothing terrible. Views were excellent, didn’t manage to grab a map with the description of the markers so we made up our own description. Next time will grab the map. I agree with the previous comments: The signs say 4 wheel drive only, but really it is not needed. Did this in a stock 14 Subaru Forester and had no issues.

It’s beautiful! Thousands and thousands of butterflies and lady bugs, so much your walking through them!!! Beautiful even for young kids!

Totally fun awesome trail, make sure to check out canyon view trail

6 months ago

I chose this trail due to its proximity to Morongo Valley and I’m so glad I did. While I am an experienced hiker, I did this hike with a newbie— my five year old niece, who loves to hike and is a Palm Springs native. We started just before 9am, and finished shortly after 12 noon. We had frequent stops. First, to eat our lunch 1/2 a mile in... She was hungry...kids are always hungry. Then to see all the animals, which she insisted on counting. I taught her how to follow a trail, how to navigate bees safely, and how to avoid stepping in horse dung! Hahaha! When I told her she had completed her first mile, she was so excited and proud of herself. She said, “I want another one.” Lucky for her, we had two more to go. We stopped to drink water, to stretch , take in the views. And, when she finally finished... She was so excited— she probably could have kept going. But, we opted to celebrate with milkshakes instead. It gets hot, so, I would advise bringing lots of water, sunglasses, and if you’re as lucky as we were, it’ll be a breezy day that will cut down the heat significantly.

Sweet way to get away from the crowds. Trail is doable in a 2wd.

trail running
11 months ago

Awesome run. Good high view of yucca valley!

trail running
11 months ago

This is a great trail for running! Aim for fall or spring to really enjoy it without the heat. Start at the trailhead by the campgrounds for a full 5 mi!

The Willow Hole Trail was "day use only", which I wasn't aware of when planning this trip. I found a great place to camp off of the Boy Scout Trail instead.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great ride on horseback!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

it's a horse trail. soft sand terrain. great scenery

off road driving
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Can easily run this in a decent pick up or AWD Subaru. No flyers available but the scenery is gorgeous regardless. Took it to the trail head for Berdoo Canyon.

off road driving
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beautiful trail, perfect for exploring many unique landscapes in JTNP. The 4x4 section of the trail is quite easy, with a couple of potential sandy/muddy spots depending on the road's condition, but nothing that requires a huge amount of technical skill. TIP: Pick up the free guide at the Visitor Center so you can learn about the various geological landmarks along the route.

What a fun, easy backpack trip. It's popular from the parking lot to the Willow Hole, but after that, you have it to yourself. Wildflowers were just starting when I did it 2/10/2017, but should be peaking in Mid March. Trail is clear and there are abundant opportunities to climb on rocks. The trail from the Willow Hole to the Indian Cove Trailhead is absolutely breathtaking. Do watch the water thing, but's that's Joshua Tree, isn't it. At one day, at least I didn't have to carry too much.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Peaceful, great hike.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

This trail was a bit challenging for somebody who hasn't hiked in years, but very doable. The views we breathtaking. I loved standing high on the hills looking around at the mountains surrounding me near and far.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It was windy and cold, we could only saunter as far as we could, which was about a mile overall. I'd taken some friends on this little hike, they'd just flown in the night before from Florida. An amazing trail I'm going to return to.

Monday, January 02, 2017

A great network of trails that span all the terrain, good elevation changes. Different hiking than in the park. Strongly recommend.

bumpy and fun

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Small hike with little incline, about 1.5 miles , great view

off road driving
Friday, June 03, 2016

This is a fun little drive for anyone who wants to get off the main paved roads and away from the bigger crowds in Joshua Tree. I took my Jeep on this road and had an awesome time. Some of the number markers for the self-guided tour pamphlet were either hard to read or missing, but if you read the literature and pay attention to the landscape, you can figure out what they are talking about in the various places, and learn some cool things along the way. Fun drive, highly recommended :)

Friday, June 03, 2016

This is my favorite trail in Joshua Tree so far. It isn't overly strenuous and the views are awesome. When I think back to everything I did there, I always remember this hike first. There are plenty of cool places to wander off the main trail to make yourself a hidden camp for the night among the various rock outcroppings. Be sure to bring a headlamp and plenty of battery power for your camera so you can wander about at sunset taking pictures and enjoying the night sky. This was a wonderful hike, I would gladly do it again.

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