Looking for a great trail in Mojave National Preserve, California? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash 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 7 moderate trails in Mojave National Preserve ranging from 1 to 7.9 miles and from 2,887 to 6,184 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Desert solitude in Southern California. Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. The park offers great hiking, backpacking, camping, 4-wheel driving and wild flower viewing. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Nice loop trail with changing views, there is a castle looking rock formation about halfway, just prior to reaching that, we decided to go off trail and climb to the top of the Mesa, which at times was a scramble on rocky portions, beautiful views up top & a very steep decent, finishing the trail, we again went off trail to some more unusual rock formations. Next on the trail you go through some very populated cactus that extends a good portion of the trail back, going in the counter clockwise direction from the parking area. Most visitors are campers in the area as this place is kinda remote & a 23 mile dirt well maintained road from one direction.

Short hike to a lava tube you can walk through.

Very pretty location around midday with the sun streaming through the hole in the top of the tube. lighting helps, but isn't required as the interior cave is very well lit. Watch your head on entry though, it narrows to about three feet high at it's lowest. Be wary of what roads you take, as I've had to pull someone out of the deep sand after they took a wrong turn and got stuck. It's a quiet location and a very long walk back to Baker, especially if it's hot.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

This trail was amazing! The hike up to the peak was tough but worth it. the views were breathtaking. plus you can slide down the dunes.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Tough uphill in soft sand at the end but worth the effort for the view from the top. Great hike for taking photos once you reach the top.

hiking
19 days ago

Easy to follow path, incline at end but not too hard. Offers some great panoramic views from the top. behind the white cross across the street is some great campsites which are accessible by a regular (non 4x4) when dry. The hike is amazing for seeing the Joshua Trees and is a good hike for dogs.

Gorgeous views at the top, well worth the effort it takes to get there. This is a warm hike, even on nice days, so be smart if you want to hike it during hotter months. The trail is steep and overgrown in some areas, but easy to follow if you're alert. As of 01 March, there was still some snow on the back, ankle-deep in some areas. It's only a pain when you leave the road to climb up the last bit to the summit block, as the snow is icy and the soil is loose and wet; just adds a bit of fun. Many thanks to the generosity of the UC system and the owner for keeping this great trail accessible!

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked this when it was sunny and 60 . Perfect weather. Getting to the top was a little challenging ,greatful I had my trekking poles. Well worth the view.

awesome climb up the Sandy hill

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike, limited parking, trail easy to follow, snowing when we were there, we went off trail, looking to hike across the cima dome, but poor visibility that day, nice flat rock formations along the way! Heavy presence of Joshua trees !

hiking
1 month ago

Deceivingly hard hike, very good

Badger Pass to Dewey Trail

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Very good trail! Started off behind information center descending into the a canyon via steel rings in the rock. Very cool! Must have some climbing ability for this. There are 2 descents with the rings and the lower One is much harder. Trail very difficult to follow in some places but not likely you will get lost if you generally know where the trail is going. “Look At map that is posted.” Lots of dirt roads coming from I 15.

Very nice hike! Small parking lot off the side of the road, trail head sign starts the trail. There a handful of trail signs as you go along. IMO the trail is easy to follow. First part of flat and filled with Joshua trees. Wild flowers, ever greens, birds. Lizards, etc. As you get closer to the peak there are a few old mining areas (they're covered with wired fence, slightly off the trail). The climb up is short and steep. Once up top there are excellent views from all points of the peak. I did this hike in January so it was a bit windy up top. If doing this in the hotter months pack plenty of water.

The highlight for me is the early parts (pre-climb) of the Joshua tree garden, which is the largest in the world. Peak is cool, but that garden is the best. Saw a cool deer runnin around up top. If you can catch a sunrise in this area your mind will explode from pure beauty. Camp by white cross right across the road if you can.

Amazing trail! Loved it. Go right when the trails forks (see photo), you should be on the rights side of the wooden structures/tanker that you pass at the beginning. Dogs will get some burs in their feet but it's the desert, so that's expected. Thank you for letting us hike this beautiful land!

Short, mostly flat hike around some rocky outcroppings. My girls loved it (partly because it was perfect 60 degree weather in late December), even the 11 year old, who struggled a bit with the rings up through some narrow stretches of Banshee canyon. Take the hike clockwise and you'll wind up going up the rings, which are there for pretty short stretches. Short walk from Hole in the Wall campground.

hiking
2 months ago

After initial gravel, you could do this hike barefoot -- it was like walking on dry beach when we were there in late December. It gets steep toward the end as we ascended the highest dune on its spine, and then you can walk or slide down the even steeper face, which was a lot of fun. We were huffing a little on the way up, but I'd rate this moderate overall. Beautiful 360 view at the top.

Fun but not hard except if you crawl through the rocks. Camped at Mid Hills and hit Mitchell Caverns for a great adventure weekend

hiking
4 months ago

This is an amazing hike through what I would consider a cactus garden and although at parts you are walking basically in the streambed, it is not a difficult hike. The views are well worth going for, as well as the scenery of the Joshua trees and the other cactus plants. Parking is right off the main road so lock up all valuables.
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

hiking
4 months ago

This is not an improved trail, some dirt road but mostly off trail scrub till you end up walking through cactus which is where I turned around. It was beautiful scenery just a little hard to walk through
A Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

trail running
5 months ago

Great trail run, slow in spots due to rocky terrain and a few scrambles. Great starting from Hole in the Wall campground.

Super fun and short hike. We were the only ones there. Super special experience. Love the absolute quietness. The rings could be a challenge for some, but was fine for us.

This was really cool!! When we went today there was not one person out there and the weather was amazing, no trash or graffiti here! Just remember, if you feel like you’ve gone too far, YOU HAVE. The trail where you turn is really close to where you park. I could see my car from the stairs. From the parking area you only hike about 0.2 miles and then turn right where those brown posts are that say “no motor vehicles.”

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Was a super short and easy hike! Do take headlamps or flashlights if you want to go inside the cave! It is really dark! Also be careful since there was a bat flying around inside when me and my boyfriend went! A good time to go is close to being to noon since you will catch the sun beaming through the opening making it look so cool and beautiful! It is hot despite the fact that it is a short hike inside the cave is a bit cool but still take water! Remember to keep it clean and take any trash with you to maintain the area clean!!

hiking
7 months ago

Super hot during the summer months be careful of heat advisory’s. Dog friendly and easy access other than taking a gravel potholed road to the trail but only for about a mile to parking. Be prepared for no phone service if you are traveling.

*very short hike
*hiked in .3 miles and out .3 miles
*rocky and sandy hike (basalt rocks everywhere)
*climbed up & down the tunnel
*saw the scenic cinder cones

hiking
7 months ago

This is a relatively easy and very gorgeous hike. The first 2/3 is pretty flat, and goes through a Joshua Tree forest. The last part is on a moderately steep incline and takes you up to a great view of the Cima Dome. The view at the top is definitely worth the work to get there! If you have a limited amount of time in MNP this is a great hike for the list-easy to get to, pretty quick (a couple hours tops), and fantastic scenery

8 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. The desert scenery is remarkable, and the trail is well kept and easy to follow.

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