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Berdoo Canyon

MODERATE 101 reviews
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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.

Distance: 24.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,348 feet Route Type: Point to Point

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

bird watching

views

rocky

no dogs

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.

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy and fun trail with a couple of nice opportunities to use 4x4. Once I passed the gate and was mostly out of the canyon I decided to stay left of the trail and got into a bit of “rocky” situation but nothing a modified FJ couldn’t handle.

off road driving
2 months ago

Bone stock 4runner made it through. Had a few tight fits and a few parts required 4low, probably because of the stock tires. All in all, fun drive. Worth it.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

off road driving
rocky
3 months ago

Epic trail, needed 4-low about four or five time is 2000 Z71 Offroad 1500 4x4 on 35” all terrains. Bit rough and close in those spots, but four wheel low and Big red crawled right through. Comes out onto a shooting range road, so proceed with caution once you start seeing the broken asphalt road becoming Dillon Road.

off road driving
rocky
4 months ago

Great Drive! Was worried that I wouldn't be able to make it through on a bone stock (except tires) JKU, but I made it in about an hour and 15! I scraped a little but it wasn't too bad! Fun Drive! Take Comms :)

off road driving
4 months ago

Great on a BMW GS 1200 Adventure! No single track in the wash but take your time and it all heads to the right place!

off road driving
4 months ago

Drove south from Geology Tour Road towards I10 yesterday and both gates were open. Road very good condition considering all the storms this spring. Only a couple spots with extra clearance needed, stock Tacoma in front of me had no problems. Superbloom once you drop down into the Colorado desert was an added bonus. Take this road as a nice option to avoid the tourist packed paved roads.

off road driving
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

The trail was super fun. Both gates were closed but you can bypass them from both sides. The gate from the Joshua tree if very easy to go around. If you head from north to south four wheel drive isn’t needed. But if the gate is closed on the other side you will need to climb a small but steep hill and will need 4wd. From south to north 4wd will be needed there are some pretty tight spaces with some off camber parts. I drove with my Tacoma double cab long bed with 4x4 and it was a breeze. Overall trail was so fun and highly recommended!

off road driving
5 months ago

We drive a 1996 Landcruiser with stock suspension, but big tires and full time four wheel drive. This was a beautiful way to get from one side to the other into Joshua Tree. NOTE: when you get back on the highway in Joshua Tree and approach the entrance, you will need to pay the day fee ($30) if you don't have an annual pass. There were some incredible flowers as a result of the rains, and the road was mostly drive-able in 4 wheel drive. The terrain ranges from rocky to sandy with some hard pack areas. We went with some Jeep friends and stopped occasionally to view the flowers and views. We would do this trail again and would recommend it to others.

off road driving
rocky
5 months ago

Stock Sahara JL with street tires fully able, 4wheel drive not required but nice to have. Rate this a 5.5 on a “rock climbing” rating scale. Began at Dillion rd up to J Tree, late winter trip. Dillion rd does have quite a few Second amendment folks staying well skilled, very friendly and knowledgeable. Just be aware of the scene. Many blooming flowers, touch of snow near end of trail. Only saw a few jack rabbits, too chilly for others. Took about 5hrs with a couple of stops for pictures and snacks. A nice day, leave time to appreciate the journey... not really a 4x4 challenge, it’s a nice trail.

off road driving
7 months ago

Went into JT from the South in an FJ Cruiser January 12th, a Saturday. Wow. So many locals exercising their 2nd amendment rights! Nice folks though, one group had a three piece guitar serenade going (albeit with ear protection) Turned around at the gate, open. Easy going this section.

off road driving
7 months ago

We did this trail from Dillon road all the way into Joshua Tree. A couple moderate spots that help break up the trail. It is long as sometimes seems like it never ends.

7 months ago

Took my 2017 gmc 4x4 and did just fine. Used a spotter for the tight spots just for less chance of damage. Most of the trail can be done in 2wd. Didn’t have too much time so only went in about 40min then turned around.

7 months ago

Just did it in a stock Wrangler. Great trail. Does have a couple of challenging parts but nothing to be deterred from going. We did it from JT Park towards Dillon Road so we went downhill.

off road driving
7 months ago

Nice senic trail. Started in JT national park.

off road driving
7 months ago

Easy trail, ran a rubicon never ingaged 4x4. Over all fun

off road driving
7 months ago

great beginners trail, but do not go alone. A few spots can be difficult depending on what trail you take and vehicle you drive. 4wd no problem. 2wd can be challenging for some.

off road driving
8 months ago

Definitely a great time. Couple of narrow/switchback sections that would be tough for a truck. I did it in a stock Wrangle JL, no problem...other than we started at 4pm. About 1.5 hours in and it was pitch black. Bad call on my part I guess, as it was only my second time off roading, but everything ended up ok. We started on the south end, so we got the first technical part done with plenty of light. Right before you get to the easy section in JTNP, there’s a pretty rocky, difficult section. We got through without any scrubbing or rubbing, so that was good. Big thing... plan your time accordingly, it took us like 3.5 hours from Dillon road to Park Rd in JTNP. Otherwise it was a lot of fun and built a lot of confidence for me in the capabilities of my Jeep. 4x4 and good clearance are a must. Also look out, there’s a lot of “ranges” in the slot canyons to the south on the BLM land, so lots of shooters and gunfire, nothing sketchy, but it just takes one person not paying attention to ruin everyone’s day.

off road driving
9 months ago

Felt like Tatooine Sand People were going to descend at any minute. Felt like there was a high probability of a meth/ heroin encounter, which is a bit concerning based on the proximity to a BLM shooting range. (All of those celebrating their Constitutional rights today at 8 am were complete gentlemen. An armed society is a polite society). Did not see anyone intending harm, but did see hundreds of (spray) painted rocks, an abandoned refrigerator or two, lots of broken glass, car parts, mechanical parts, and just plain parts. Everywhere. Would go back, just without kids, with bear spray, and with lots more ammo.

off road driving
9 months ago

I took this road as part the geology scenic road with my fiancée in Joshua Tree. It first starts as dirt then it transitions into Berdoo canyon (all gravel). We were driving 2017 jeep grand cherokee 4x4. You definitely need high clearance, also some tires with a bit a of side wall. Low tire pressure is recommended especially with so many small sharp rocks. I recommend you get a spotter on certain parts to make it easier. If your driving a lifted truck or suv with good tires it should be a breeze. BTW. Talk about the Hills Have Eyes, the entire canyon gave us that vibe. All in all not to bad if you have the proper off road vehicle. Good Luck!

off road driving
9 months ago

Went to Berdoo with stock Jeep Grand Cherokee and Subaru Outback with BF KO2 tires. (No lift on both cars). We took the trails towards south which made obstacles much easier for our rides. 2 inch lift would make this trail very easy. Our only problem was the ground clearance. Pretty much any SUV can make this trail towards south. If you are planing to start from Palms Springs and finish at Joshua Tree, make sure that you have some better ground clearance than stock SUVs.

11 months ago

Always a fun drive. It's our short cut into Joshua Tree. Get the annual pass it's like $60 and gets you access to all of the national parks. The main drive is really easy, there is one spot where you need to take your time, and one spot where it's really rocky for like 3/4 of a mile. The rest is dirt or sand. There are a few side trails that are fun and challenging.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Driving a wrangler JL 2 inch lift with 35s and made it through on 2wd. Great drive and one moderate section that needed to checked out first. Great through and through for the National Park!

off road driving
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Great trail into Joshua Tree! We took Berdoo Canyon to Geology Tour Trail. Great scenic drive with lots of boulders and later on, lots of Joshua Tree’s. Canyon trail can get technical in parts and one has to maneuver around boulders. The wrangler sport did just fine. Stock everything. High clearance needed.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Great trail for beginner to intermediate. Drove 2018 Raptor. Started on North entrance (Geology Tour Rd). First half is just dirt road, which has a lot of washboard sections. But then it gets interesting and the Raptor’s capabilities came into play. Nothing that the truck couldn’t handle with ease even if it caused me to sweat. Make sure to take a spotter as wheel placement is key and the trail gets narrow. There are plenty of little side tracks to test out your skills including a few sand hills that are pretty intense.

off road driving
Saturday, April 07, 2018

Nice little adventure, we drove from Dillion Road up Berdoo Canyon in a stock 2018 Infiniti QX60 (rental car.) Granted, it would have been a piece of cake in anything with just an inch or two more clearance, but we (and the Infiniti) made it through without a scratch. Highly recommend this road into the park with scenery and few other people.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Did this trail in a stock height 2018 Tacoma TRD4x4OR and Chevy Colorado Z71 doing an out and back from Indio. First trip through here, second trail run ever (Meccacopia was the first) and had relatively no problem with it. Being our second trail run ever we spotted way more than was actually necessary to be safe but really there was only 1 area at the end, if you came from Indio, where a spotter felt necessary. With that said, this is a very smooth, sandy, and easy trail except for that one spot... and yes I accidentally ran Paul into a rock, it came out of nowhere! Check out the video for a full video of the trail https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj3rgDX5W50

off road driving
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Good trail run for a little “dirt time.” Pack a sammy and a cold one to enjoy amongst the yucca trees in JT!! Easy to moderate desert trail connecting Indio Hills to the backside of Joshua Tree National Park. We ran it as an out and back (23 miles) from the Indio Hills end headed North. The beginning of the trail does take you through the BLM designated shooting area, so be aware and not surprised to hear gunshots. Mostly a sandy wash through the desert canyons with sections of rocky hardpack. There are 2 rock gardens to deal with that warrant the moderate portion of the rating, but stock rides with at least 31” tires should be ok with no scrapes! (Unless your spotter steers you into a big ass rock!..thnx T) Zero trip tick @ Dillon Rd / Berdoo intersection: 1.2 miles- shooters wash 3.8 miles- gate to enter Joshua Tree Park 4.0 miles- 1st rock garden 8.6 miles - 2nd rock garden (narrow canyon) 11.5 miles- stopped for lunch/ photos/ turnaround

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