Barker Dam Nature Trail

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Barker Dam Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine 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.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
14 days ago

This was a beautiful little walk!
We saw the sunset here (see my pictures). And the reflection in the water is so wonderful.

20 days ago

The little lake is beautiful in the fall. Oak trees are orange and yellow and are reflected in the glass like water. An easy but fun hike.

1 month ago

does not let you check in

1 month ago

Short hike but beautiful view of the dam and a nice place to relax if you've been trekking much of the park.

2 months ago

Large family friendly. We have 5 small children under 10 and really enjoy this hike. There are parts where we carry the 2 year old, but other than that the littles can do most of it and enjoy climbing.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy quick hike. Had fun looking at all the unique rock formations. I look forward to returning when thares water in the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

sadly no water in the dam, but the hike was amazing.

2 months ago

A clear sunny day creates the perfect picturesque scenes featured on this trail.

It'll take about and hour round trip if you factor in the frequent stops you'll take to snap shots.

Easy peasy, but being that it is the most popular trail in the park it can get a little congested. No dogs, boo....

hiking
3 months ago

a beautiful area, lots of plants, petroglyphs, and a beautiful pond ☺

hiking
4 months ago

This has to be one of my favorite little treks lately. Just something about the varied terrain and the awesome little info signs. I just took my time and had fun

hiking
4 months ago

The hike it's self is fairly easy, but the sights are gorgeous. The dam as well as the petroglyphs are very cool to see and fun to learn about! Great simple hike if you want to explore Joshua Tree outside your car.

4 months ago

Pretty easy but amazing scenery

hiking
4 months ago

This was an absolute blast of a hike. I certainly went around slower than others but I loved the entire experience

walking
6 months ago

Cool place to see that water does exist. I saw a turtle and a lot of lizards while on this trail.

6 months ago

Easy hike; really fun...

7 months ago

Nice easy hike, perfect for kids. Well marked the whole way through with arrows on posts . The kids loved climbing on rocks along the way.

7 months ago

Easy walk with a well marked trail. Signs along the way tell you about the area. See the dam and watering trough from old cattle ranchers. Early May and there were many blooms. I saw lots of people with tennis shoes but the sand was loose in places and there some rock steps so I prefer hiking boots/shoes with better traction. Worth the view and minimal effort required.

7 months ago

Easy quick hike. Great trail to take folks who may not want to climb elevation but get out and enjoy Joshua Tree.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike with great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike for the family. There were a lot of great opportunities to climb the rocks for some spectacular views. We went in April and there was water at the dam. We hiked both Hidden Valley and Barker Dam in a morning. Would recommend both.

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