Barker Dam Nature Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 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

2 days ago

Easy hike; really fun...

11 days 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.

14 days 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.

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26 days ago

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

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28 days ago

Nice easy hike with great views.

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28 days 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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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.

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1 month ago

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.