great hike, unique mountain

hiking
5 days ago

A fan of Joshua trees and this is the most densely populated Joshua tree forest on the planet (even more than Joshua Tree National Park) Where you park you’ll see so many trees but what you won’t see are the distance bolder playgrounds that is only a 15 minute walk. Have fun like you’re a little kid

hiking
9 days ago

Cool spot, but in hindsight it’s a lot of effort to get to ONE cave. Traction isn’t an issue on the dirt road but there are sort of mini sand dunes that the road has become, meaning the whole 4+ mile stretch is basically a rumble strip, except with bigger dips. Couldn’t go much more than 5 mph in our sedan without it feeling like the car was going to shake apart, so it took over 30 minutes to reach the cave, so over an hour of driving to see one cave. If you have a lifted vehicle that you can traverse the road faster, you’ll have a better time. Still a very cool sight!

hiking
no shade
29 days ago

Counterclockwise. Great hike, you want to take the hike counterclockwise and come up the loops rather than down them at the start. Spring is a great time to see the cactus flowers. Desert hikes always feel longer than they are, but a great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little loop, but very cool. Parking lot can be very busy, but no one will be doing the loop.

Absolutely loved this hike, beautiful scenery, took so many pictures. It's perfect for a short moderate hike.

COVID 19 update as of 4/18: This trail is open along with most other areas in the Mojave National Preserve. All campgrounds, including the adjacent Hole in the Wall campground, are closed. Visitors were scarce and the Preserve felt absolutely pristine. Review: Fantastic trail! The scenery is straight out of an old western movie. Rock formations in Banshee Canyon were very dramatic - reminded me of Bryce Canyon NP. The rings make for a fun picture and are not physically demanding. Overall, this is a short and easy hike that offers a spectacular reward for little effort. Free grazing cattle around the trail added to the western vibe. Some wildflowers but this isn’t the best year for them. This was our first time exploring Mojave and it exceeded all expectations - more interesting than Joshua Tree NP in my opinion. Getting there: If you’re coming from the north (as we did - entered the Preserve off the 15 freeway) you’ll eventually have to take a dirt road to get to the trailhead. My Mazda 3 was fine but I had to take it real slow and was worried about getting a flat. The better route is to come from the south via Essex Rd off the 40 freeway - it’s paved the whole way.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The alltrails map took me to an intermediate rock outcropping nowhere near the summit. I noticed the trail and took it to the true summit.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Nice trail to trail run or take a leisurely stroll on. It's not terribly long, it's fairly easy, and there are plenty of great views and things to climb on when you get to the peak. It's also a great one to do during sunset, which is when I did it. There are also various rock formations on the way too the mountains and a caved-in mine that is pretty cool.

rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is by far one of my favorite trails. I literally could not stop taking pictures. There was a view at every angle. The trail is very well maintained. The first stretch of the trail is a nice sandy path. As you get closer to the peak the path becomes more and more rocky. You have to do some minor scrambling at the top. It feels like you are walking in a botanical garden the entire trail. Unfortunately, I didn't see too many wildflowers this time of year but I'm sure it is beautiful in mid April. Nonetheless, all the different cactuses and Joshua trees make it an awesome hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Followed directions from app to go down Indian Spring Trails, ended up in wash, turned around and got back on road, but not much road there. We parked and followed the road to trail head. Since I forgot to change into my hiking boots we went up clock wise and came down same way. Once on top view is incredible. Whole side of rim covered in white flowers. Had a snack lunch then walked around taking in the views. Took short cut back through the washes to get back to truck. A little windy which made the weather perfect.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Regarding directions to get to the trail head: we used Indian Springs Trail as Google maps decreed but better to turn off Kelbaker at unnamed road 35.165599,-115.823528, drive as far as you want and walk from that side (see Felix's recording). When we drove in, we drifted off Indian Springs Trail, ended up in a sandy wash with our little Chevy Spark, so we abandoned the car and walked to the trailhead, partly on a rocky "road" and partly through washes. The loop itself is QUITE a steep climb up a cinder cone but WAY worth it. Views. Wow. We went clockwise and were happy with our choice, but the last bit on the way down was an actual rock slide - like skiing. Very windy at the top. On the way back to the car we went "the hard way" - scrambling over vocanic rock the whole way. Reward: see photo for fantastic geologic wonder. No people (best social distancing ever).

hiking
2 months ago

Road in is rough, but can be done in a regular car. Make sure you go on a sunny day- noonish. For my full trip report with pics, info, and story go here: https://sanbernardinohikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.home.blog/2020/03/23/lava-tubes/

hiking
2 months ago

Wow, completely surpassed my expectations The trail is split into two parts, the first being a slow incline amongst maybe the most lush and dense Mojave flora you’ve ever seen. It literally feels like a botanical garden, plus if you’re lucky like I was, you may even see a deer! The second half of the trail is an incline towards the peak, which changes the scenery. Joshua Trees become California Junipers, pear cacti start to become more prevalent. The vista is fine, it’s not a 360 view due to the way the “peak” is constructed, and the view is not as jaw-dropping as, say, Ryan Mountain over in Joshua Tree. The journey is definitely the destination here, but it is surprisingly unphotogenic. So good.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail takes you through tons of Joshua trees and ends with incredible views!

scramble
3 months ago

Rad trail run, watch ur footing on the way back !

rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Such a fun little trail. Beautiful canyon to scramble over rocks. The rings are necessary to get up the canyon. I wouldn't suggest children or those who are not physically able enough to do some minor rock climbing. I emphasizes minor but if you can't, this isnt the trail for you. Overall this is a very beautiful place, and I had a lot of fun playing around here.

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great little trail! All flat while meandering through the Joshua trees then basically stone steps up to the top! Lots of climbing around to be done up there.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

pretty cool, I didn't go all the way through the tubes, I was too chicken lol.

walking
3 months ago

Great walk to see amazing lava tubes!

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Really fun short trail. From the parking lot with the info boards, go back down the dirt road toward the visitor center. If you descend down into the canyon first, you’ll go down the rings which doesn’t seem like much fun to me. But the scenery is beautiful! There are interesting rock formations everywhere. About 1/4 mile in there is a cluster of boulders with a ton of petroglyphs! That was definitely a highlight! A must while in Mojave!

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