Explore the most popular birding trails in Joshua Tree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun overnighter camping out with the Cougars..

Oct 15: a perfect day to do this trail. Weather was in the low 70s and we were glad it was. We really enjoyed this hike, including the chance to get away from the masses. Only saw one other family after we left the Split Rock loop.

I’d recommend this trail for anyone wanting a bit of adventure and not afraid to focus a bit on trail finding. Once you get to the mountain and start ascending the loose rock switchbacks, it can be tricky to know you’re on the trail. Look for the stacks of rocks that others have left.

Once you make it to the top, you’re in for a treat. Two mines and the semi preserved ruins of an old house. Really cool! And to top it off, we saw two Bighorn sheep on the top of the rocks by the mines.

Nothing to see. Concrete walk near the highway. Unfortunately a fire even burned half the palms.

Hiking was easy and definitely not difficult unless you have never hiked and don’t do any exercise. The views were spectacular.

Great views over the ridge. Loved hiking the wash. Awesome Joshua tree forest just above the park.

hiking
9 days ago

Lots of pine, Joshua trees with diverse plants. Really gorgeous, secluded and flat.

Unbelievably beautiful!! Worth the trek to the top

Fun little loop, saw some tarantulas!

Beautiful desert trail - saw the sunset on top. Vivid colors of the sky.

rock climbing
18 days ago

Had a blast on this trail even though was 1 mile it was a little difficult as far as directions. you just have to stay on the pass and trust your judgment and you should be fine

hiking
21 days ago

We enjoyed the trail and it was relatively easy to follow. For the most part the ground is soft, which makes the walking slower (took us 3-1/2 hrs all in all, with stops to admire the view and have snacks) and the footing less secure on the way down after the peak (we took the anti-clockwise path). The change in vegetation is very noticeable, and on the way up there were nice shady spots. View at the top is wonderful, looking down onto Palm Springs and then the Yucca Valley.

The trail map begins at the entrance to the campground, not at campsite #30, so on your GPS you’ll appear west of the trail for the first 3/4 of a mile or so. On the way back down, take the “upper campground “ fork to arrive back at the Ranger Station

Don’t know what we did wrong, but on this seemingly simple loop we got quite twisted, frustrated, and confused. Gorgeous views and nice signage (for the first half of the trail). Had a blast on the rocks.

Beautiful easy trail. We went in late September, but even then, some blooms. The dam was almost dry, but it was nice to see cat tails in the desert just below the dam.

hiking
25 days ago

Very nice trail with a treat at the end , 3 mine shafts blocked off very safe . Trail contains miners left over cans (real cool) & resting are made by rocks . At the end of the trail you’ll see old mining machinery.

Loved this trail! Although I felt it was a little longer than 1.5 miles each way that could be because it consisted of straight uphill incline for most of the hike. Not shaded, so drink lots of water. Took about 2 hours total. Great 360 degree views of the park from the top of the mountain! Overall a solid hike and great workout.

hiking
1 month ago

One of our fave JT hikes — we always do it first thing in the morning because it makes 85% of the ascent shaded, which really makes a difference. It’s a lot of natural “stairs,” and pretty strenuous if it’s in the sun or you aren’t used to serious inclines. But the view at the top, and along the way, is amazing. It gets very windy at the top, so watch your hat. Again, recommend starting by 8:30am, not only for the shade but to watch the shadows change on the landscape as you climb... great photo ops.

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!

Always a fun drive. It's our short cut into Joshua Tree. Get the annual pass it's like $60 and gets you access to all of the national parks. The main drive is really easy, there is one spot where you need to take your time, and one spot where it's really rocky for like 3/4 of a mile. The rest is dirt or sand. There are a few side trails that are fun and challenging.

hiking
1 month ago

Could not hike entire trail due to a closure, so hiked a loop (made via another trail) back to parking lot. Fantastic hike, beautiful vegetation.

Beautiful and easy hike. Divers vegetations.

hiking
1 month ago

Surprisingly good hike. Little rocky in spots. Amazing views from the hillside.

Did this trail back in 2004. Must have a compass and a good map to find your way. Route finding skills are essential as is plenty of water. Hiked all the way to mountain and then camped at the base for the night. Packed out the next morning. GREAT views at the top of Monument Mountain.

lovely go in December

very pretty wish we had camped

lovely trail we did it in December

First time using this app - first review! A solid hike with lots of bird life and a great view midway. I read the reviews so I was looking out for signs and trail markings, not too bad. Also, right turn to take the loop counterclockwise seems like a good idea. About three hours with a break at the top, saw zero people - I’d do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful area of the park. Lived here for many years and today is my first time hiking this less traveled trail.

Better for trail running than hiking. I took my young two daughters so it was a good challenge for us. No shade until the oasis.

The actual "pine city" part of this trail is not indicated on the trail itself so you will most likely overshoot it. The trail is, as mentioned above, longer than posted, but not that hard. (Closer to 2 miles each way). Overall nice but I wish we could have found the old mineshafts. Great trail for plant life. A lot of low lying colorful plants. (August)

2 months ago

I love this trail. It’s very well maintained for being rated moderate. I was disappointed because I didn’t see any water at the oasis but the palms are beautiful there.

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