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Best trails in Mojave National Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Mojave National Preserve, California? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers 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 12 moderate trails in Mojave National Preserve ranging from 1 to 117.5 miles and from 495 to 6,184 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Mojave National Preserve
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Top trails (15)
#1 - Kelso Dunes Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Kelso Dunes Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Amboy, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikiShow more
#2 - Teutonia Peak Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Teutonia Peak is one of the few signed and maintained hiking trails in the park. The actual peak is a bunch of boulders, and involves scrambling, so this route stops a bit short. The trails goes betwShow more
#3 - Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 37 m
The main feature of this trail is the rings which are physically demanding. Show more
#4 - Mojave Road
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 117.5 mi
This is an off-road driving route. There are sometimes closures along this route due to washouts and maintenance. Please check here before visiting: https://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/conditions.Show more
#5 - Lava Tube Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Lava Tube Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Baker, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#6 - Barber Peak Loop Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 2 h 46 m
Barber Peak Loop Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cima, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking aShow more
#7 - Rock Spring Loop
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 44 m
Rock Springs Nature Trail is a short walk on a good maintained trail that takes you to Rock Springs.  You have to go off the trail a bit to find the springs, but there is normally water there (and lotShow more
#8 - Lava Beds Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 38 m
Lava Beds Trail is a 1 mile loop trail located near Baker, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible yeaShow more
#9 - Kessler Peak Trail
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Off Trail HikeShow more
#10 - Hole-in-the-Wall to Mid Hills Loop
Mojave National Preserve
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Length: 15.5 mi • Est. 7 h 55 m
Hole-in-the-Wall to Mid Hills Loop is a 15.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cima, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is priShow more
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