hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Great off-road trail Id rate it as moderate. Starts off as a little bumpy dirt road then turns out to be more sandy then towards the end it will get a bit rocky. So high clearance 4x4 vehicles is a plus & airing down your tires. Bring recovery gear just incase (extra tire & traction boards) there is only 1 drop off zone but people piled up rocks to help with clearing the rocks. I drove a 4runner on 35 inch tires & 3 inch lift. So I had no issue. Also No reception so be ready to disconnect and enjoy nature!

ohv/off road driving
2 days ago

Very glad Joshua Tree NP is open again. Enjoyed the trail again today. It is easy to low moderate. More sand than we remembered from last year. We only used lockers once and could have gone around that one. Wanted to review and post the picture of the wildflowers to show there is still lots of color at the high elevation of the trail.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
6 days ago

Trail is very rocky when hiring mountains. You can make it with any lifted 4 wheel drive. But is a little nerve racking

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 days ago

Did this on a 19 Rav4 adventure with K02’s/leveled. Started from the north though. Very rocky once you get to the mountain area, but aside from that, road was not that bad. Did scrape once coming down but nothing major. Pick your lines right and you’ll be fine. I think doing the trail from the south to north would be much easier. Overall fun trail, any 4x4 should be able to do it without a problem.

ohv/off road driving
10 days ago

Nice little trail. I would call it more easy than moderate though. Mostly it's just a scenic drive, with a lot of soft sandy areas and a couple minor rocky spots. The route that I downloaded from Alltrails is not 100% accurate. The trail follows the basic path that the downloaded route shows, but if you follow the 'Designated Route' signs, you'll find it meanders a little onto some side trails here and there. Coming from the visitor's center side, the trail is marked, so just follow the signs and you'll be fine.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Easy trail with two or three small rocky spots where 4X4 would be recommended. We started in Indio and worked our way up to Joshua tree national park. $30 entrance/exit fee. Beautiful views when you’re out of the canyons.

Coming from the Joshua Tree side, the first 12 miles are washboard road easy and monotonous, but the next 2.5 miles were fun and appropriately rated as moderate. The old mine was easy to see and get to. It had a really deep mine shaft that you couldn’t safely get close enough to see the bottom. From 14.0 miles, it turns into the Gold Crown Road which would take you back to Hwy 62. If you look at our recording, you’ll see that at 19.7 miles, we took another trail that became a bit treacherous. It was all sharp, shale rocks with a few big ones - a narrow road with nowhere (underlined and in caps) to turn around. There were several places where water had washed across the road. They were all passable, but just barely. Would not recommend doing alone. It was not technical but was nail-biting. The last couple of miles were easy and took you back to Hwy 62.

hiking
no shade
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Fun trail. Did it in a stock 2020 2 door Rubicon. Did highway 62 south to Pinto Basin. The straight roads on the map at the beginning are pretty rocky, and at the end a little washboardy. It’s the winding mountain passes that were a little nerve racking, I’d say it’d be pretty easy if you had a decent spotter, I was stopping and getting out myself to choose lines and going down the rough spots was difficult for me, it would for sure be easier going from south to north, I scraped the skid plate twice but otherwise pretty doable.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Ran it at night, it was quite fun! Very easy to get stuck in some area really rocky have to watch out for, be really careful if you don’t have any protection in your under carriage as it can damage your vehicle

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Started from the south end and stopped at Brooklyn mine, which was a cool spot to do some quick exploring. The ride was a bit of a climb up. Then proceeded to the north to try to catch the sunset at the Sunset Mine.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
3 months ago

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Drove down the path starting at the visitors center with a 2018 2500 Ram Power Wagon. Truck is a little wide for some of the trail. Bushes are overgrown so be ready for new pinstripes. Started in late afternoon and just made it out before sunset. Took about 2.5 hours. Fun ride, nice wildlife and scenery.

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

We started from the south at sunset. It was awesome to do this at night. We thought that we would be the only ones there but, there were a lot of other rigs doing the trails as well. I’ll definitely come back and do it at daytime because there is so much more to do in the canyon.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Fun trail with lots of interesting sites. Quite easy until branching off into the wash, after which it gets harder. In a few places the road disappears and there are only rocks to drive over. By the time you get to the Gold Standard Mine, it is very rough. Lots of boulders to climb over, There was a lot of rain in this area last winter and spring, which removed some of the sand and exposed a lot more rock. It is still passable, but you will need a lifted vehicle. I have a two door Jeep Wrangler with a two and a half inch lift kit and 33 inch tires, and it handled the rocks and boulders just fine, but the stock Nissan Frontier 4x4 that followed me was hitting the frame on a lot of rocks and couldn't go as far up the trail as I did. And definitely air down ... there is not a lot of soft sand, but your ride and traction will be better over the rocks. Download the map layers before you go and if you start loosing the trail, zoom in on your iPad or phone or whatever you are using to navigate. The mines are very interesting, with a lot of old equipment still laying around. If you are going to go inside, take a flashlight and be very careful ... the ceilings are low and there are vertical shafts that you can fall into. There have been some cave-ins so, as they say, enter at your own risk.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Excellent trail. Great mix of rock running, light crawling, and high speed baja. Took a stock raptor and did full length in roughly 75min.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Pretty easy with some ground clearance. Stay on the trail and you’ll have no issues. Roads are very washboardy, especially at the start. Do not attempt this trail in a stock vehicle.

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

The Joshua Tree portion of the trail is outstanding. It is like being on a different planet. When you enter the canyons be prepared for a couple rocky section. We had lifted jeeps so it was no issue. Bottom of trail is filled with people shooting in canyons, be mindful. Several people shooting rifles with boulders as a backstop.... not too bright.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

Drove stock Renegade Trailhawk down on MLK day from Geology Tour Road to Dillon Rd. 24 miles total, about 16 of those in the canyon. Two spots made easy with a spotter outside the vehicle, cleared everything without any problems whatsoever but it took careful wheel placement. Met 4 vehicles total coming up.

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

The Canyon leads through a 1930’s water pipeline camp. Some of the foundations are still there, but stupid people have also trashed it as well. A couple of obstacles near trail. Lots of gun range activities most weekends. Nice trail, not far and easy to get in and out.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Great Trail! Unfortunately, I cracked my rear differential on the difficult section of trail(hit it hard on a rock, fluid leaked out. Careful on that section!). I was driving a stock 2004 Toyota 4runner 4.0L V6 SR5. It was really nice, as it had just snowed 2 days before. I ended up driving through Joshua Tree with about 1 foot of snow on ground, which made it challenging, unique and fun! P. S. I didn't realize I cracked my rear differential until about 700 miles later, untill I had driven back home to the Bay Area. Gotta love Toyotas tho, They are built like Tanks. Even with a cracked diff, it still got me home and then some. Have fun and watch you underside on short/ technical section. - Also Gate was closed at Josua Tree, but had no problem driving around it in the snow.(keep bolt cutters just in case.)

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