Berdoo Canyon is a 24.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length24.3 miElevation gain1348 ftRoute typePoint to point
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Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. This is an easy to moderate desert trail connecting Indio Hills to the backside of Joshua Tree National Park and it is mainly used for off road driving. Couple of narrow/switchback sections that would be tough for a truck. It comes out onto a shooting range road, so proceed with caution once you start seeing the broken asphalt road becoming Dillon Road. Entering Joshua Tree National Park requires a pass ($20), which is to be paid at the park entrance.

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ADAM SPIKER
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Easy with only one or two real obstacles but with good tire placement it’s effortless. Drove stock Land Rover LR3 high range.

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Rolando Ayala
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This was my first time offroading in my stock 4runner. I started at Dillon road and after a mile I deflated stock tires to 28 psi (it helped softened the ride). I only used 4low on the rocky areas near the end of the canyon, but I think it was unnecessary I just wanted to practice using the whole system otherwise I was in 2wd. I only encountered 6 trucks coming down the wash/ canyon area but 6 more once I left the canyon. It was a Saturday afternoon. they all yielded to me but people build up speed in that area so be careful. It was fun and I will go back to get more practice.

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Sergio Der Parsekian
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Sam Pierangelo
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Hiking

Pretty easy. Only a few tricky features on the trail. Lifted fj with 33s. The end of the trail was full of trash and people shooting guns so that wasn't the best. Good beginner trail

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Phil Oliver
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OHV/Off-road drivingFeeGreat!RockyWashed out

Very fun! And a great short-cut from JTNP back to Palm Springs. Running the trail north to south seems easiest and most popular. I drive a stock Renegade Trailhawk, with aggressive (stock size) off-road tires. Longer trucks (4 doors, big bed, wide, etc) might have issues shortly after entering the canyon, but any modified Wrangler (lift, big tires) with an experienced driver should consider this an easy trail. ~17.5 miles down the trail is the most technical obstacle - with a bad line - stock Jeeps or Trailhawks could get stuck. Having a spotter and/or traction boards is recommended! Did 99% of trail in 2wd.

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Craig Wagstaff
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Scenic driving

A couple of tough spots where 4wd and clearance needed. There are a lot of people shooting in the end of the Canyon.

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Gabe Rockets
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Frank Schlueter
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Rocky Gambina
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OHV/Off-road drivingRockyWashed out

To do the whole trail, you will need clearance and 4wd. There are only 2 sections you'll need both. Would not recommend crossovers attempt the whole trail unless you have a spotter. Sliders and armor aren't needed. But I wouldn't advise that beginners go with stock vehicles by themselves. The 2 sections are a bit rocky and rocker panel damage or bumper damage is possible with a bad line. South part first 7 miles are most difficult. Easy flat and faster as you go north and most any vehicle can do (even 2wd). If you're coming from the north you can do a fair distance, maybe 15 miles. Sand wasn't an issue in October 2020. Any vehicle, even 2wd would get through it with momentum.

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Miguel Guzman
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Hiking

fun trail

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BumpIt Sports
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OHV/Off-road driving

“Good scenic trail” with occasional fun for off-raiding. If you begin your journey from Dillion road, heading toward JTree, be prepared for on coming traffic at unexpected locations on a single wide trail. However, once on the loop, traffic is one way and more simple. If you make short stops or check out the scenery... 2.5 to 3.5 hours is a good estimation. All wheel drive cars can do it, just slower,but can make it, higher clearance vehicles will do it without issue. The park is beautiful, but the trail is not challenging for more enthusiastic wheelers, but is a nice trail.

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Nick User
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Enrique Izurieta
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Keith Troman
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Cody Rogers
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Great trail, East for most 4x4 couple slightly technical sections.

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Ryne Biazevich
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OHV/Off-road drivingNo shade

Starting from inside the park it’s mostly uneventful dirt roads. After a good ways in, it randomly gets pretty tough in a few spots. I have a stock 19 4Runner and had some difficulty getting thru at some points. Not a ton of views but once you’re within the mountains it’s pretty cool. Probably wouldn’t do it again.

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Alfredo Gonzalez Jr
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OHV/Off-road driving

After a nice hike inside the park, took my fam down this road & it was pretty fun. Did most of it on 2WD switched over in certain areas only.

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Jesse Rogers
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OHV/Off-road drivingBugsNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Fairly easy and fun trail. Started in Joshua tree and ended in Indio. Took about 2 hours point to point with a lunch stop. As others mentioned, trail ends in a common shooting area, so beware of that. Done with a Jeep Gladiator with some 4x4 mods.

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Ryan Trujillo
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OHV/Off-road driving

Went off-roading there it says it’s moderate but it was kinda easy. There are a couple rocky parts like 2-3 4x4 recommended but I did the whole trail in 2wd (open diff) just pick your lines. there is one really sandy area 4x4 with a lift is needed but you don’t have to go through there but if you do it leads back into the main trail. My lifted jeep xj made it fine in 2wd and my friends stock jl made it fine. She did hit her exhaust in the way back down though but take it slow you will be fine. I’ve also seen stock Tacoma’s make it and some small SUV’s in AWD make it. For those wondering I went in a Jeep xj 4.5” lift, 33” tires at 25 psi, no swaybars, trail was done in 2WD

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Stas Christiansen
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Really fun trail, ran it starting about 6am and took a couple hours. Couple tricky spots, I’m a beginner, so had some pucker moments but nothing crazy. I did it 6/8/20 and there was a damaged sedan that was blocking the path forward about 90% of the way through the trail, on what was probably one of two real “obstacles”. I ended up taking a path to the right, but it was definitely not clear cut, had to assess it for a while.

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Caitlin Herring
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OHV/Off-road driving

Easy trail with two or three small rocky spots where 4X4 would be recommended. We started in Indio and worked our way up to Joshua tree national park. $30 entrance/exit fee. Beautiful views when you’re out of the canyons.

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Eric Kiss
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