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Great view of Joshua Tree when you reach the top. Watch out for high winds!

Excellent rock formations at the base, a moderate hike with few trees and sweeping valley views. Great way to get some altitude in a short amount of time. Hiked on New Years Eve in blistering wind. The hiking experience on the way up overtops the payoff at the top, so enjoy the journey!

hiking
4 days ago

Crowded, nothing too special. View was mediocre not really a Joshua tree vibe.

hiking
8 days ago

Very nice hike. Good views from the top, and challenging enough to make you work a little for it. We trail ran down which was super fun on all of rocks and “stairs”. Would definitely do again, but probably run the entire trail.

hiking
9 days ago

A nice, quiet trail that gives a good feel for the landscape of JT. There are no spectacular views here by any means, but it’s a nice trail to walk, it’s (relatively) well marked, and has quite a few other trails nearby if you’d like to get some more elevation. We did not find it quite as solitary as some other reviews, but your mileage may vary depending on the time of day and season.

Short loop around the area. Boulders to climb and play on. Very quick with informative placards. Good for families.

Easy short trail. End of it leads to ruins of the old ranch that you can walk through. Good hike for those who are looking for an easy walk.

Perfect short hike that provides great views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Top of the mountain has a great stop and overlook for pictures. Challenging due to hiking uphill the whole way, but very worth it. If it’s summer, definitely pack water and sunscreen.

hiking
10 days ago

Great short hike with amazing views!

hiking
11 days ago

Went up early January 2018. Sunrise at around 6:50am, it took us about 35 minutes to get to the top, the hike is fairly easy as it’s not particularly rocky and the steps are wide and flat. Does get very windy and cold at the top (~20F) around that time. Great 360* view although not a lot of Joshua trees

Short but really beautiful hike. The landscape changes a lot and a bit of rock climbing needed at certain points.

Fun short hike with a lot of cactuses to see

Perfect high desert hike for ruggedly beautiful scenery. Clusters of stacked granite boulders and Joshua Trees give it “alien world” aspect. You’re hiking in the river bed once you split off the main trail so you’ll get some shelter from winds there and loose sand underfoot. Maybe favorite hike in Joshua

The road to the trail was closed today.

Easy and great scenery!

hiking
14 days ago

Great flat trail. Well marked and the map on AllTrails app really helped to stay on trail. We started around 9am and did not see a single other hiker on the trail. It is nice quiet and peaceful.

Very quick hike with nice views at the peak halfway through

hiking
15 days ago

I love this hike. When you get to the top, the silence is amazing. You can hear a single car approach from miles away. The views of the dancing Joshua Trees are captivating. I can't wait to go back! (Sept. 2000)

hiking
18 days ago

Quite possibly my favorite hike at Joshua Tree! Challenging enough to break a sweat and really feel accomplished when you reach the stunning 360 views at the top! Be sure to bring layers and sturdy shoes, in the winter it can get cold and even have ice/snow on some parts.

Great views, pretty easy trail. Got there early and there was plenty of parking, but as we were leaving the parking lot was full with multiple people waiting for spots.

nature trips
18 days ago

Great little loop with the whole family. Lots of fun boulders to climb and idyllic picture spots. Really cold and crowded day yesterday. Had to park a half mile away in a pullout because the parking lots nearby were all full.

I just did up to the mine then climbed to the top of the hill behind it. Really nice secluded hike for a generally packed Joshua tree np. Very peaceful, the mine is fenced off but kinda cool since it’s preserved well. Climb to the top of the hill behind it for a SICK view of the valley. Great for a morning hike and not too challenging!

Loved this for a quiet early evening hike. Beautiful vegetation and rewarding views all along. Pair this with the short but steep South Peak trail across the parking lot for a great 2 mile hike!

hiking
19 days ago

Loved doing something a little different to get above the rock formations and see wilderness as far as your eyes can see. Went early and had no trouble with crowds. Lots of kids with families on the trail, which was impressive!

trail running
19 days ago

This took us about an hour going a slow jogging pace - you never really feel the elevation gain because it’s so beautiful that you’re distracted! Insanely beautiful and highly recommend as a flatter, but just as beautiful mid-length trail!

19 days ago

Simple, pleasant. Beautiful views east and west from the trailhead at sunset

on Ryan Mountain Trail

19 days ago

Busy, very chilly on Dec 29, and strenuous, but you don’t have to work very long to get to the simply stunning 360° views. If you only have a daytrip, consider making it your first hike and the other scenic loops will seem easy.

trail running
19 days ago

Go early and beat the crowds- such a fun (and hard!) trail run. Beautiful terrain and a rewarding end.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike blew our minds. Third day in JT and our favorite by far! Such incredible rock formations and diversity of plant life. Will remember this one for next time!

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