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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!)

nature trips
9 days ago

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

Perfect place to boulder hooping!!!
Very clean nice campground!!

Clear signs on where the trail is going, but poor communication about the nature of the trail - it's a 1.7 mile loop that includes a 0.5 mile section on the road to a campground. Very confusing. If you turn back at road as we did, then it's just a there and back for a total of 1 mile from Skull Rock. Nice informational signs about vegetation along the way, and plenty of cool rock formations along the way, but also very close to road.

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.

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!

trail running
20 days ago

Very easy and fun trail. Very cool rocks.

hiking
20 days ago

Cool rock!

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!!

Simple, quiet walk in the desert sun and a lot of different cacti.

on The Maze Loop

26 days ago

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

Easy. Easy. Easy.

1 month ago

This is a very enjoyable trail and easy to trek. But there is not enough directions on where it starts and ends. You just have to guess at what you’re doing.

We did this trail as a night hike and it was pretty awesome. May want to bring gloves as there is a ton of bouldering to be had.

Definitely a walk, not a hike. It’s very cool to see cactus all around, and we didn’t have a big problem with bees (which can be plentiful). The container for nature guide books was full of trash though — seems like it hadn’t been seen to by the time we got there (9am). Worth a stop if you are driving to or from Cottonwood!

Had a lot of fun here! Went towards the end of the day to catch the evening light for pictures, stayed until after dark to catch the stars. Family friendly with a lot of rocks to climb on. We did walk up on a good size rattle snake, we gave it its space and each party went their separate ways.

Stunning at sunset!

Nice to get off the trail and explore the rock formations. Not crowded at all since it was over 100°F!

Nice little walk - one of the few things that you can do even in the heat of a summer day. The cacti are really pretty and worth checking out.

hiking
5 months ago

The Maze Loop trail is a fun, quick hike, that’s (apparently) become much more well-marked in the past year.

4.7 miles, about half of it you’re walking in sand, and you’re usually in what quite literally feels like a maze. Pretty cool! I did it this morning, and while there aren’t any wildflowers (to be expected in July), it still laid host to gorgeous views, near and far.

I definitely want to check out the Grand Loop and North View Trail, either during the Winter or one early Summer morning.

As long as you’re following the clearly marked rocks defining somewhat ambiguous parts of the trail, you’ll have no problem making your way around the loop!

If you like bouldering and lots of people around check out this tail. The rock formations are beautiful, but challenging and abrasive to navigate. We didn't hike the whole loop, but spent about 30 minutes here before venturing on to Lost Horse Mine and Ryan Mtn trails.

Not a hike, but a very cool spot to check out the teddy bear cholla. I’ll admit I wasn’t stoked on coming here, but I’m glad my friend convinced me. Loved seeing the cool cacti.

rock climbing
6 months ago

Lots of fun boulder problems and good rock. Very cool little area

Super cool to see all these cactus. Bees were not a problem. A must see if you get to the park.

meh

Good loop with chances for rock scrambling if so inclined. Nice for a short trail run.

Great little walk. Truly an amazing little spot on the more desolate Colorado desert side of Joshua Tree. I wouldn’t say go out of your way but if you come in the cottonwood gate it’s worth the stop.

Beautiful, easy hike. Just wish it was a bit more off the road. I always see chuckwallas and last time a 4 foot diamondback

Nice one, worth doing with the other small one around like discovery and skull rock, but it does get repetitive. Still, it gives a good feeling for what is around

hiking
7 months ago

I'd personnally include doing the whole loop towards split rock to get a good feel of the desert, see face rock (or something like that), but anyhow it's not great, just gives a good feeling of the area.

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