hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Lovely semi flat trail that highlights the beauty of the desert!

backpacking
no shade
23 days ago

Did a quick overnighter off the trail about 4 miles in at the end of May. Just in time to catch the last of the spring blooms. Started at the Boy Scout Trailhead. Most others were camping near the big rocks for climbing. If you want to do that, seems that the spots closest to the parking lot go fairly early. If you’re just there to admire the beauty of the desert it’s pretty easy to find a spot. Stay on the west side of the trail if camping! The southern half is filled with flat Joshua Tree forests. The northern half has more interesting, big rock formations. We got lucky with a new moon, clear sky, windless night, and mild temperatures. Definitely pack in at least 4 liters of water per person, per day. I started to feel a bit dehydrated exploring with my camera in the afternoon, so try to be patient and wait out the hottest part of the day in the shade. Make sure you check the wind report before heading out, and try to camp between rock outcroppings for extra protection. Perfect, easy one-night trip from LA, though next time I’ll probably start in the late afternoon when the heat isn’t as intense, and so I’ll have more energy for stargazing late into the evening.

hiking
27 days ago

this was a great trail to run —- very few sandy or rocky places. it is completely unshaded so plan accordingly!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Favorite trail in Joshua Tree. Beautiful all around, and lots of exhibits to teach about the nature and mining in the area. Lots of rabbits everywhere. The mine is pretty damn cool, and the peak (which is just a quick easy scramble up) is amazing. 360* views of the surrounding desert, mountains, and the Salton Sea in the distance. Great place to watch sunset. Peak is within a mile of start. We took the long way so that the cool stuff would be towards the end of our hike. Wear long baggy pants. Stay on trail, dry riverbeds appear to look like trail and can be confusing. Watch out at palm oasis area near parking lot. Lots of bees over there. Note that the yellow dot to the west of the peak in the map is the true location of the mine, the map also has a black dot foe the mine east of the peak- this is incorrect and leads to desert. MINE IS TO THE WEST OF THE PEAK.

Fun short hikes that exposes you to a bunch of different terrain from canyons, to mountains and of course the traditional Joshua tree landscape. As with most desert hiking there isn’t much shade so dress appropriately, bring water and enjoy! Happy trekking!

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
scramble
1 month ago

I loved this hike! We did it in the late afternoon and it wasn't too hot or very crowded at all. We saw a bunch of vultures flying overhead by the oasis at the start and some metates! The hike is rated moderate by the J Tree guides, but I didn't find it very strenuous at all. It's definitely worth your time to scramble up the craggy boulder peak at the top. Also, the wildflowers along the trail were PRIME. A great first hike of our trip in J Tree :)

hiking
no shade
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

Very visually stunning adventure. If you follow the trail it should not be difficult. We got off the trail and found ourselves behind Mastodon Peak. We “blazed” our own trail while working around the peak and back to the intended trail. A little more challenging, but much fun. The oasis, near the start/end, is interesting.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this trail last week to get away from the craziness of Covid 19. It was an enjoyable time. The weather was sunny and about 60*F. The beginning of the trail appeared to have had some recent washout near the bridge but it was still acceptable for use. It was not too crowded. The biggest group was some 7th graders on a science trip. The view of Salton Sea was nice. The mine was nice to read about and step back in history for a minute or two. I would definitely recommend this hike while in JTNP.

Incredible hike, highly recommend. Just a note, animals are routinely breaking through thin water jugs these days, you need to get a thicker one. I have a full guide and videos, etc. on HikingGuy com

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Awesome hike with two kids and four adults. Used poles and scrambled up the last .1 miles to the top.

Lovely hike. The scramble to Mastadon Peak was worth it. Had some trouble staying on the trail though. Ended up in the campgrounds and had to double back from there.

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