Looking for a great trail in Joshua Tree National Park, California? AllTrails has 99 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 50 moderate trails in Joshua Tree National Park ranging from 0.8 to 24.3 miles and from 1,788 to 5,813 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Joshua Tree Wilderness was established in 1976 by The United States Congress and was later expanded by the California Desert Protection Act of 1994. Today the park is managed by the National Parks Service and covers a total of 594,502 acres of California desert The park extended north into the Pinto Mountains, northeast into the Coxcomb Mountains, southeast into the Eagle Mountains, and southwest into the Little San Bernardino Mountains. The Eastern areas of the park contain the drier Colorado Desert. Here you will see creosote bushes, ocotillo, and "jumping" cholla cactus. The Western half of the park contains the Mojave Desert, where you will see ample Joshua trees, one of the most iconic desert plants. Throughout the park you may also find palm tree laden oases, bighorn sheep, lizards, rattlesnakes, birds, coyotes, jackrabbits, burrowing owls, and more wildlife. You'll also see Southern California's iconic desert landscape and it's fascinating geology. Rock formations and granite monoliths are all around you, attracting rock climbers and hikers alike. Stargazing and camping opportunities abound. Joshua Tree National Park is 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas. You can get there via Interstate 10 and Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway). The closest airport is in Palm Springs. 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. Entering Joshua Tree National Park requires a pass ($20), which is to be paid at the park entrance.

hiking
no shade
23 hours ago

Went mid-day - it was a scorcher but worth it

off road driving
3 days ago

Completed 7/12 in a stock Tacoma TRD Off-Road, only 2 tricky rock parts but just take it slow and you’re fine. Once you exit the trail one of the service roads is completely washed away and I wasn’t willing to risk it because we were pushing sunset. Overall a 3 because it takes close to 3 hours for a trail that isn’t that exciting. Lots of jackrabbits which was cool, for sure need 4x4 or aggressive tires for the deep sandy parts

off trail
over grown
3 days ago

I took my lifted ram 2500 diesel 4x4, my truck is definitely too wide for some parts of the trail ended getting a few extra pin stripes, my truck did great on the rock climbing part but would recommend high clearance vehicles, also the sand part was fun, the trail was a bit long took about 2.5 hours to complete, otherwise it's a fun little trail

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Nice hike. Trail is fairly easy to follow. Not too difficult, and great views up top. Recommend bringing a good amount of water, especially during the summertime. Hiking boots and hiking poles will definitely help! Bring a pair of binoculars as well for some nice views from the top of the mountain.

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

Trail is decently marked. There are some places where you hit hard rock and the trail is a bit hard to follow. Just look for the rock cairns. We took the trail counterclockwise. At the beginning, there are some nice rocks to scramble. Cool dried up river bank in Summer with ample shade for a halfway point. The last bit was tougher as it was deeper sand than the rest of it. No shade on the second half of the hike at all. Amply marked moderate.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

I took the advice of another hiker and went clock ways around. It was a beautiful view and a stunning sunrise! I loved that there was so much animal activity this early in the morning. It was worth get up early for.

Nice, easy trail. 105 degrees, but very enjoyable. Great introductory hike at JNP.

Did this one at dusk. Seeing that "watering hole" made me appreciate how damn dry it out there. Didn't see any notable animals while we were out, but we got to enjoy the hike, the cool night temps, the sunset and the unbelievable quiet. We saw no other hikers while we were out.

off road driving
9 days ago

Did this trail on 7/7/19 on my way back from AZ. Started on the joshua tree side so I could hop back on the 10 without back tracking. Fun little trail that I was easily able to do in my nissan frontier pro 4x. Only a few technical parts with a lot of deeper sandy areas. Quite a few tight turns as well. I definitely got a few new pinstripes. Took about 2.5 hours with stops for pictures. Pay attention to trail markers to stay on correct path because there are multiple ways to go. Some of these offshoots look like they meet up though so you're likely ok to take them. Overall a fun little trail for someone newish to 4x4

hiking
no shade
scramble
9 days ago

saw lots of local lizards and rabbits on trail. no wildflowers as one reviewer mentioned here. Trail was marked well enough, every time I was concerned I was lost, a clear trail marker showed up

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Nice hike that begins with stairs and steady inclined. Gravel path with few patches of rocky terrain. Go early to avoid the heat and bring water. Trail has a false summit that has great view of the valley floor. But continue off to the right to get to the true summit post sign.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 days ago

Saw some big horn sheep. Lots of bugs.

If you want a super short trail to do in the summer at Joshua Tree, this is the one.

I absolutely love this place!!! Such an amazing experience to be in the desert for a change. Loved the Joshua trees, lots of rocks easy enough to climb, and the wildlife. Definitely my newfound obsession.

off road driving
13 days ago

Easy and fun trail with a couple of nice opportunities to use 4x4. Once I passed the gate and was mostly out of the canyon I decided to stay left of the trail and got into a bit of “rocky” situation but nothing a modified FJ couldn’t handle.

Would have been very cool to see the cacti, but I guess bees overrun it in the summer months and it wasn't even safe to get out of your car without being swarmed by them.

Great sights but remember to bring LOTS of water during the summer months.

hiking
no shade
rocky
15 days ago

Make sure you bring water with you. There is no where on the trail to cool down. We did this hike at 700hrs, when it was still pretty cool. The mine site was pretty cool. We did a scramble and climbed to the top of Mastadon Peak! Such beautiful views!!

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

No problems I did get off trail on accident twice but a great trail and great memories

trail running
17 days ago

Well marked a easy to follow. Find the trail head before parking.

Not a bad trail. I ran it and a lot of it is soft sand. the trailhead was hard to find from the visitors center. drive around and find it before parking.

hiking
no shade
off trail
18 days ago

I did only the first part of this trail (this time). Up the left leg to where the trail turns right. This section was easy and fun, lots to look at including a lot of neat geology. Things to note, however: I didn't find A Trail. The Alltrails track did not exist; usually I can follow the line exactly, but not so in this case. There wasn't really a trail at all, so I hust struck out across open ground. Which was fine, the objective was very clear. It was overcast so that was nice for me, but there's no shade on this trail. With all the dark rock underfoot, could be brutal on a hot day. Because you're off trail, I highly recommend pants, I didn't get scratched much, but my socks were full of stickers at the end, and it would have saved quite a bit of effort going around the scrub. Looking forward to going back & doing the whole thing!

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