California Riding and Hiking Trail

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California Riding and Hiking Trail is a 37.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yucca Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from October until March.

37.6 miles
3175 feet
Point to Point




trail running

wild flowers

no shade

no dogs

The CRHT is best hiked west to east starting at Black Rock Canyon campground. There is a ranger station at Black Rock Canyon campground.. There is no water to be found along the trail but the trail intersects with roads at a couple of points which are good spots to cache water. There is no fee for backcountry camping in Joshua Tree. Backpackers are required to park and register at designated backcountry registration boards Temperatures are ideal from fall through spring, and wildflowers bloom from February to April, depending on elevation.

1 month ago

Good trail with almost no shade. Going west to east, the first day of hiking is better as the trail is more diverse. The trail took me two days and I camped around juniper flats. Good trail.

5 months ago

This trail is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. We started in the nature center parking lot. We did not do the entire 37 miles, we only went about 2 miles in. We added on the Fault Line trail and came back through the Boundry Trail East. The ground is soft and sandy for most of the trail. Takes your right through the Joshua Trees. There are a lot of cool smaller trails to take off of the CR&H Trail (which is what we did). It is very exposed. We went when the weather was cool, but it was still very sunny. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and hats! Also, watch for horses.

2 months ago