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The United States Congress designated the Joshua Tree Wilderness in 1976 and it now has a total of 594,502 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the National Park Service. The Joshua Tree Wilderness is bordered by the Sheephole Valley Wilderness to the north and the Pinto Mountains Wilderness to the north. The California Desert Protection Act of 1994 transformed Joshua Tree National Monument into a national park and expanded the old designated Wilderness by 133,382 acres. The additions thrust north into the Pinto Mountains, northeast into the Coxcomb Mountains, southeast into the Eagle Mountains, and southwest into the Little San Bernardino Mountains. Most of the park away from road corridors is wilderness, a fabulous meeting place of two desert ecosystems. The lower, drier Colorado Desert dominates the eastern half of the park, home to abundant creosote bushes, the spidery ocotillo, and the "jumping" cholla cactus. The slightly more cool and moist Mojave Desert covers the western half of the park, serving as a hospitable breeding ground for the undisciplined Joshua tree. You'll find examples of a third ecosystem within the park: five fan-palm oases, where surface or near-surface water gives life to the stately palms. By day, you might spy bighorn sheep on mountainous slopes, numerous lizards lazing in the heat, and eagles soaring in bright sunlight. Still, it's nighttime that truly brings the desert to life, with tarantulas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, jackrabbits, bobcats, kangaroo rats, and burrowing owls responding to the lure of the dry, cool air. You'll witness some of the most fascinating geologic displays to be found in any of Southern California's desertland: twisted rock formations and granite monoliths painted with faded colors into a giant and beautiful mosaic. These rocks are an immense attraction to rock climbers. You won't find a lot of trails, but you will find travel relatively easy in multitudes of arroyos and playas, bajadas, and narrow ravines that require scrambling over skin-scraping boulders. Carry water. Joshua Tree National Park is made up of 75 percent wilderness and lies 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas. You can approach it from Interstate 10 and Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway). The closest airport is in Palm Springs. Public transportation to the park is not available. There are three park entrance stations: 1) The west entrance is located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village. 2) The north entrance is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail. 3) The south entrance at Cottonwood Spring, which lies 25 miles east of Indio, can be approached from the east or west, also via Interstate 10.

The route to the mine is quite crowded and looks like it burned a year or two ago. Either there's no trail up to the mine or we missed it, but it seems like most people go to look at it anyway. After the mine there are far fewer people and you get vistas for a bit before walking back among some joshua trees

Hiking this trail felt like I was back in high school PE, running stairs. The first section of the trail is "stairs" made from rocks. However, beautiful views and easy to follow path but I wouldn't want to do this trail if it was any warmer than 75 out.

hiking
3 days ago

Great 3 mile hike. Good elevation gain and awesome view at the top. Favorite JT hike

hiking
4 days ago

on Garrett's Arch

4 days ago

This hike is scenically wonderful, but don’t try it without a GPS because there is no trail for most of it. You will “feel your way” by connecting one wash to another. Turns are not marked, and if you don’t pay attention to your nav, you could follow a wash much deeper into the outback than you are prepared for. Take the loop clockwise so the giant boulder hop at the end is downhill. This last section requires some skillful agility, and can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

It’s more of a walk than a hike, but the views are so beautiful.

Nice little hike off the beaten path in j tree. Did it in the morning so the trail was about 50% shaded. In the winter when temps are mild I’d say this hike leans on the easy side of moderate. We did it in a hour and 20 min with a fairly long rest in the oasis. I can imagine it being very challenging in the summer heat.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail is on the easier side of moderate if you go with people who have at least some hiking experience.

This hike was enjoyable in January and I thought to myself I would not want to do this during summer.

Lots of Joshua trees and some cacti along the trail. The first part of the trail before the loop is pretty flat and most of the elevation gain is when you start the loop. While this is called a loop trail, it is more like a lasso, with the loop only being at the very end. The top of the loop/lasso is a great place to break for lunch.

This is a great hike if you are camping at Black Rock Canyon Campground since the Trailhead starts from here.

Bring plenty of water for this hike and plan for it to take you 3-3.5 hours depending on your pace. Faster if you are trail running instead of hiking.

Easy trail out and back via a 4WD in the loop portion. 2WD would be ok if higher clearance vehicle. Family sedan would be too low for some rocky portions. Nice to get away from the crowds!

I can’t really improve upon what’s already been written other than to reinforce what a lovely hike this is!

It’s beautiful the entire way... lotsa changes in scenery. Outstanding views in all directions.

There’s plenty of nice rock formations along the way to pull off the trail to rest/lunch/just hang out and soak it all up.

You can include mastodon peak on the way back which makes for a great sunset location.

off road driving
7 days ago

Loved this one too- such interesting plants along the way! Even the rocks change from rounded and HUGE, to craggy and sharp, back to rounded... Started in Indio off Dillion Road and ended up at Pappy & Harriets! We did stop to eat lunch at a pull off near big rounded rocks- be careful of the bees! They were plentiful and very curious.

paddle sports
8 days ago

Ah yes, negro Hill. I found it lazy and unmotivated. Every time I want to work hard, negro hill imposed its lack of discipline . I would not recommend negro Hill for a job

Beautiful views from top - worth the trek.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful views on the elevations, nice trails. Very few people on trail when i started out in AM, but was becoming a bit busy as i got back to trailhead mid day.

hiking
12 days ago

Great view.

hiking
12 days ago

Great scenery. Lots of sand

hiking
14 days ago

Favorite hike in Joshua Tree

it was ok. the thing we didn't see no wild life at all

hiking
17 days ago

Just completed this hike today. it was a fun hike with different scenery than other trails I've done. Flat trail with very little elevation change. The water at the end was dry, but you can tell that there definitely is water under the soil.

Fun trail. Canyons, open desert, washes. All the desert hiking you could ask for!

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