We walked around here. Nothing exceptionally fun compared to the rest of the park. Split Rock area is more fun.

Wouldn’t call this a trail at all. The “Skull Rock” is right off the the main road and it’s PACKED with everyone trying to get a picture with it. It’s pretty bad ass though, I love skulls lol .. didn’t mean for that to come off creepy. I enjoyed being able to see it but the crowed killed it. There a sea of rocks behind it that are super fun to scramble on, beware they are a bit sharp!

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!

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over grown
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4 days ago

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rocky
8 days ago

This hike is close to the jumbo rocks campground which is super convenient. There is no shade but awesome rocks to climb and take photos including the famous one that looks like a ‘skull’ (if you have the right angle it looks like a skull).

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8 days 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 :)

Nice Hike with pretty views. I hiked clockwise but plan on doing counter clockwise next time to get a different feel.

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washed out
10 days ago

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14 days ago

Great hike. Not many people and the trail was clear.

Easy beautiful hike!

Was a good hike. Took me about an hour and a half with me taking a few stops to take in the views. Would do it again

Apr 16th, 2020 - All of Joshua Tree National Park is closed to all visitors "until further notice", due to the pandemic.

It is very fun to climb and jump on the rocks and there is a lot of wildlife.

Most of the hike is across the desert to the rocks, then it’s basically scrambling to reach “the Arch”. It should not be difficult for anybody of decent health.

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.

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2 months ago

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2 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

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