Looking for a great trail in Joshua Tree National Park, California? AllTrails has 114 great hiking trails, 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 66 moderate trails in Joshua Tree National Park ranging from 0.8 to 25.8 miles and from 1,476 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
rocky
11 hours ago

Hiking w family members who don’t hike much - and this was the perfect hike. Easy and scenic and just the right length. Fun day.

ohv/off road driving
15 hours 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.

one of the best in area. dont have to pay for parking! trail condition is perfect

hiking
no shade
17 hours ago

Great artifacts to see along the path and at the end. The trail is well marked and wide except at one location. Starting the trail at the paved parking lot near Barker Dam leads to a dirt parking lot. The trail gets confusing here due to multiple trails that have been created. Best option is to walk to the dirt parking lot near the restroom. You should be able to pick up the trail again easily.

Easy, quick walk.

hiking
icy
muddy
17 hours ago

Great views. It’s only icy and muddy due to a recent snow and slow to melt due to shade. Otherwise should be a dry trial normally.

hiking
no shade
17 hours ago

Easy hike. Lots of rock formations to see.

hiking
off trail
17 hours ago

Fun hike the long way! I think I was off trail more than on a trail. Solo mission at its finest.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Trail can be difficult to follow at times. There is one section that is pretty steep. Great miners home at the end. One main mine and a partial mine on the hike.

hiking
snow
washed out
1 day ago

We went counter clockwise on the Paronama Loop and it' was a steady incline. It got more windy towards the further point from the loop. We turned around and went back. It's a beautiful route.

hiking
no shade
washed out
1 day ago

Moderately trafficked. At a few high points, the views are decent. We ended up going half way into the Paronama Loop before turning back.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
2 days 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.)

hiking
snow
2 days ago

J’ai bien aimé ! Le barrage, les écritures sur les rochers beaux paysages. Assez achalandé. Facile.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

This trail is awesome. Excited to venture deeper next time.

hiking
icy
rocky
2 days ago

Superbe décor ! Beaucoup trop monde ! 2 autobus plein d’enfants. Grande surface de glace !

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

This is a great short easy hike a few miles from the west entrance. This is a partially shaded 1 mile (rare shade in the Southern California desert!) loop trail that encompasses many of the micro climates of the region. There are slight elevation changes, steps and some mild uneven footing on this well maintained trail. Boulders, pinyon pines, yucca, beaver tail cactus, and Joshua Trees all live in this canyon creating a less harsh environment than one would expect in the desert and create a gorgeous backdrop. Remnants of ice and snow were still present in the shaded area of the trail. Bouldering and small caves are available for all ages to experience and explore. No dogs on any trails are allowed and must be maintained on a leash in parking lots and paved sidewalks only. Pit toilets are at the trail head. Always carry water, even in cool weather as the wind and dryness can cause dehydration quickly. There is NO CELL SERVICE in JTNP. Alert contacts of your desert recreational plans, whereabouts and have a check in plan in place when taking a trip to the desert. This is a harsh environment and emergencies happen quickly here. Enjoy your trip, stay hydrated and prepared.

beautiful hike, the mine site was a lot of fun to explore. definitely do the full loop (clockwise again is easier) incredible views the entire way.

hiking
no shade
off trail
washed out
3 days ago

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