Looking for a great trail in Mojave National Preserve, California? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, views 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 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!

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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
8 days 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.

Absolutely beautiful terrain. Choose your own adventure - the desert is pretty open - I was off the mining roads for part of the hike but able to pick them up easily.

hiking
13 days ago

Whatever jack basset said, but I would like to add that you should take a stick to help you climb. Take shoes off toward the end or use hiking sandals

hiking
scramble
13 days 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
15 days 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
17 days ago

This was so much harder than I anticipated. The trail is unmarked, but if you're always following the area in which you see the most footsteps, you'll be fine. If you're using AllTrails maps, follow the black dashes at the very end instead of the red line. The direct incline of the tall dune is one of the hardest things I have ever done, I was stopping basically every ten steps to catch my breath. There's an easier approach from the east side that the black dashes on the AllTrails map shows you. The eastern dunes are the most photogenic, and you can walk over towards them easily after summiting the tall dune. The 3 mile dirt road to the trailhead was paved long ago, and now features regularly placed potholes that are difficult to see until you're close. Take it slow, much slower than the recommended 25 MPH, or you'll be replacing your shocks and struts significantly sooner than planned.

hiking
17 days 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
19 days ago

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

30 mile endurance on Nash - pulsed down

1 month ago

I just did this last week. If you start from the Laughlin you can follow this route all the way to the Paiute Forts. This is the Old Mojave Road so the trail ends. So you'll need to turn around back to the dirt road and head south. There will be markers where the trail starts again. There is another Mojave Road map on here. Use that one, it's more accurate. Stay safe and enjoy the wonderful views.

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fee
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

scramble
1 month ago

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

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

rocky
scramble
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.

walking
1 month ago

Great walk to see amazing lava tubes!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike. Did Amboy Crater and Kelso Dunes the same day. Worth the time.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful spot. Short trail but fun! Lots of history in the area alongside stunning scenery. We saw a large flock of quail which was incredible! Worth the drive!

hiking
2 months ago

Such a cool spot!! We went out on 1/20/20. The road to the trailhead is a bit rough but not impassable. I drive a Subaru Crosstrek and it was fine. Mostly just a rough washboard. But it is absolutely worth it!! I mean...it’s a freaking lava tube!!! The volcanic rock is so interesting and the landscape is vast and stunning. I brought my headlamp into the tube and was so glad I did. Just go!! This is a good one!

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

This is always a great place to run around and take photos! Never gets old, wish it was closer to stuff haha. Definitely windy as heck and cold in the winter. No complaints besides the dirt road getting to the trailhead is a fun experience but any kind of car can make it.

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