Barker Dam Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twenty-nine Palms, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
Directions from Oasis Visitor Center: Follow Twentynine Palms Highway (62) westward to Joshua Tree. In Joshua Tree turn left on Park Boulevard, which becomes Quail Springs Road after crossing Alta Loma Drive. Follow Quail Springs Road to the improved road that leads to Hidden Valley Campground. Continue driving past the campground entrance about one mile to the Barker Dam Trail parking area
this is a great easy trail for anyone to do and has great views. We did this one near the end of the day and glad we did as it wasn't busy at all.
Great hike for all ages. We barely stayed on the path as there were so many rocks for the kids to climb and scramble around on. Fun and safe.There is a dam and a river to see.So many easy rocks to climb and great for taking pictures.the river was beautiful.
Super easy hike great for kids. We went in the late evening about sunset and the animals started coming out. We saw Toad, humingbirds, wear mosquito repellent, coyotes, bats. I am sure if we ventured a little further off we would have been greeted with more. Flashlights helped on the path and the starry night was beautiful... until the bats we were hunting for the bugs lol.
This was my first visit at Joshua Tree and this was probably one of the best hikes to start on. The trail is relatively easy and we brought along my grandmother (who had a knee injury); needless to say, we found it fairly accessible and easy to navigate but fair warning it's also easy to get lost given there's many connecting trails.
I highly recommend all hikers (especially beginners) to do this first to get a feel for Joshua Tree. During peak season, arrive early (if traveling by car) as parking fills up quickly.
Watch for snakes!
Easy but still fun trail.
Visit after rain if you want to see a better view of the dam.
Really neat to see this dam as when I went, the water was extremely low and you could tell on the rocks where the water used to be. I need to see it again since we had all the rain to see what the water looks like! Very easy hike, lots of opportunity for photography.
Easy hike and there was quite a bit of water when we were there.
Great trail if you have little ones in tow!
A lot of heat and not much shade, but Barker Dam has an amazing view.