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hiking
13 hours ago

This is a hike located just below 29 Palms on the east side of the park. Its short and easy with an natural arch at the end.

hiking
13 hours ago

Visit here and you might miss the feature that gives this rock formation its name... Cap Rock. At the beginning of the trail, turn north and you will see it! Then complete the loop where there are several rest benches to relax, and enjoy the wonderful world of Joshua Tree!

The Barker Dam Trail is a great introduction into the wonderful world of Joshua Tree. Seasonally there may be water at the dam and the ancient Cahuilla petroglyphs are always a treat. And if it's an exceptionally good day, there might be bighorn sheep cautiously crossing the trail!

Well worth the stop and very scenic.

We've done this hike many times during different seasons. Great short hike to the dam. We went in March, there was a small amount of water, LOTS of mosquitoes. We went early in the morning and we saw plenty of frogs as well.

Such an amazing hike! If youre unsure of where to go there is a friendly staff at the nature center that offers you maps of all the trails available with their level of difficulty. The trails are clean and it is such a great way to spend a day out.

hiking
3 days 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.

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.

This is not a hike more of an attraction. Great spot for an Instagram picture. Just try not to fall into a cactus while taking your selfie (saw 3 unhappy people picking thorns out of their legs after doing this!)

You hike to a campground - better trails in the park for sure

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.

walking
12 days ago

Nice hike- not strenuous incline but good distance.

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.

hiking
13 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!

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

hiking
17 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

Great easy hike, beautiful views!

Good hike and great scenic views. I could feel the oxygen start to thinner out on my way up. I shouldnt have hiked alone but no one would dare go with me especially at a high level. Be careful when climbing up the rocks as they start to be slippery with ice building up. Overall it was worth it.

Did it on 11/17 and had perfect weather!! Chilly up top, slight breeze but I still had a T-shirt on.

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!

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

hiking
19 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..

It’s a nice cactus garden with great views of the valley. Stay on the trail, these cacti seem to jump when you are even slightly close to to them. They hurt like hell it get them off!!

hiking
20 days ago

Very easy hike and nice rock formation. Tip: take picture from left bottom side of rock for best perspective

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