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.

A fine hike. Demanding only in the middle section. Great views and many plants. Something for everyone. I'm from the bottom up. Was more interesting to me.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
14 hours ago

Great trail, elevation is at the beginning and then back up once you reach the Oasis. Worth every inch, but go early morning. Gorgeous! Started out at 7am after an evening rain and it was cool and no dust. The Oasis is quite stunning in a desolate, rocky terrain. Birdsong at the Oasis is beautiful if you’re alone, or others respect the tranquility of the place.

Cool Instagram spot on the roadside

Pretty dang cool cacti

Climb the rocks. Don’t just look at them. Makes it more interesting....

This was my first hike in the area. I had no idea what to expect but enjoyed it. Would have brought more water if it had the chance because there’s no shade and it gets really hot.

hiking
1 day ago

I’m not an experienced hiker. I enjoyed this but it’s not easy. It’s a mile of elevation, so the ascent feels like a stair master for an hour. The view of the park from the top is worth it.

hiking
1 day ago

Very beautiful hike! Visited at the end of May and it wasn't too hot. Moderate hike with uphill/downhill portions at the end if you go counterclockwise. Very cool mountain views, flowering plants, and animals.

hiking
1 day ago

Short and pretty much straight up. Levels out a little the last .4 miles. Good for getting your heart rate up but view from top is a little disappointing. Just a lot of desert.

hiking
1 day ago

Intermediate-level hike. Pay attention to signs and trail- frequent redirection of trail via subtle placement of rocks. The way back does not resemble the way out. No shade. Adventure features include possibility (the only way really) of bouldering to top of Mastodon Peak. Beautiful!

off road driving
1 day ago

Bone stock 4runner made it through. Had a few tight fits and a few parts required 4low, probably because of the stock tires. All in all, fun drive. Worth it.

hiking
scramble
1 day ago

Easy. Pretty with all the rock formations. Well maintained and well marked.

A fun exploration hike in a lesser used area of JTNP and with nice variety of flora and plant-veg. Types. Nice Pinyon pine trees near top and cool small cliffs at top of mtn.

Great hike in the winter time since Joshua Trees aren't large enough to provide ample amounts of shade. It's a very well marked trail with plenty of parking. It is semi different as you don't hike straight up the mountain, you go around it then to a false summit, then over to the real one. Great views from above!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

Solid trail - fairly easy hike. This is a great trail to start with if you are new to Joshua tree national park. Also recommended if your time in the park is limited.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Nice little trail to see some beautiful cacti on.

wonderful hike later in the afternoon. bring water and snacks and sunblock.

We did this trail about 3 days ago. There was lots of wind but it made it cool. Would recommend a hat if you go when it's super hot. We did see a baby rattler but it continued on without even stopping. The trail is a little more steep than we thought but definitely a beautiful view of the valley! Palms are beautiful as well.

hiking
4 days ago

Great for a quick hike...was pretty hot as we went in September. Completely silent at the top...it was pretty cool.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of wild flowers. There are several trails from black mountain camp ground that can take you to the main peak trail, not really sure which route we ended up on. Most of the elevation gain is at the end, otherwise it’s a pretty moderate hike.

Nice rocks and small canyons.

Would’ve been good except not clearly marked

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

trail running
5 days ago

Nice short trail. I ran the loop twice (from the car to split rock and then in reverse). It’s not steep at any point, though you’ll find yourself going up and back down a few times. Pretty good trail for running! Not too much soft sand. I went in the evening so it was very quiet.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

This hike out to Eureka Peak is not very challenging and not exactly what I was looking for today. Regardless, it was still a good time and I liked to see the many beautiful Joshua trees and unique landscape of the park from the top of the peak. Be prepared to do the entire hike on sand. The first mile and a half is in soft sand, which then becomes slightly more gravely. The last mile or so to the peak are more steep and can be difficult if you move at a fast pace! The view at the top is great. You can see both San Jacinto and Gorgonio peaks, which are still very much covered in snow from this vantage point. Also, don’t underestimate the power of the sun! Even though it was partly cloudy I still got very burnt.

hiking
5 days ago

Really cool boulders!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Scramble up to Monument Mountain is a little sketchy, but overall worth it! Great views, great wildlife, great trip! Very lightly trafficked. I didn’t see anyone else on the “trail” for 2 days.

Normally these are annoying when hiking, but it’s cool to see them in such abundance.

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