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Garrett's Arch is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 239 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Views Wildlife Scramble Off trail No shade Fee No dogs
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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.

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Blake Hodges
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HikingScramble

This is a tough one! Not much of a "trail" so relied on the map a lot. Tons of scrambling and cacti avoidance. BUT, a absolutely beautiful route. We lucked out with prefect weather but could see this being much tougher when it's hot.

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Martin Metz
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Hiking

It’s not really a path, more a line on the map with many ways to skin the cat. Not recommendable with small children. Would rate it as hard.

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Carrie Powers
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Hiking
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Miriam Bader
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HikingGreat!

One of my favorite JT hikes. Amazing diversity in terms of terrain, vegetation, boulders and rocks. Make sure to download the map. It’s easy to get off trail and fun to wind your way across the wonderland of rocks to find it again. Plan for the extra time this will require.

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Alyssa Nguyen-Phuc
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Great underrated hike! You’ll need a working GPS to navigate the boulder fields but well worth it!

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intrepid_ traveler44
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intrepid_ traveler44
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HikingGreat!

Nice Hike, easy to lose the trail. would not recommend without GPS.

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Maxime Descos
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Eric Block
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HikingScramble

Great desert loop. The scramble up to Garretts Arch was worth the views. Great photo op as well. I accidentally stopped my recording after the arch but you can see where I picked up the basic trail. Finishing of with the Wall St mine was a fun scramble.

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Eduardo Sam
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HikingOff trailScramble
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Ian Howard
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HikingRocky

A bit difficult to find the path but you can navigate if you look at the map.

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Alexander Azarov
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Jack Bassett
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Hiking

First and foremost: note that scrambling on this trail is MANDATORY -- you must be comfortable with it or you will not enjoy this trail. This trail is one of Joshua Tree’s best kept secrets. A lot of people are complaining about how hard the trail is to follow, so I’ll explain in basic visual terms what you’ll be doing below. You can always follow the GPS like bible, although it will be cumbersome, and you may get lost if you don’t know what you’re looking for. I will say that I would recommend you at least have the maps with you because you will, at least twice, veer off the trail as the washes aren't the easiest to follow. The gist is that you’re following washes throughout the Wonderland Of Rocks to find your way towards Garrett’s Arch. First, you should start and follow the Wall Street Mill trail for 0.4mi. Take a left when an obvious, heavily trafficked out foot path appears headed towards the rocky formations and some abandoned pink ruins known as the Wonderland Ranch. Follow that for about 100 feet all the way until you’re at said Ruins, and take a moment to check it out. Take a left from those ruins and walk for about 15-25 feet until you see a big open dry wash. You’ll be following washes like these for the majority of the trail. Follow that wash for about 1.3mi until you see the famous Freak Brothers Rocks on your right (you can google this to see what it looks like, but it looks like three giant noses). Once you pass the Freak Brothers, you should see, and subsequently follow another wash that crosses to the right. Follow that headed east for a half mile until you can see the arch on your left. The arch can be hard to see until it is directly north of you. Now that you’ve found the arch, feel free to climb up towards it. Scaling the rockface is do-able without gear, but I would recommend it only for people who have good shoes and a little bit of bouldering experience. You’ll be rewarded with a little cactus garden at the top and a fantastic view of the wonderland of rocks. When you’re done taking that in, find your way back to that wash, and keep following it counterclockwise for about 1,000ft. This next turn is tricky, and I’d recommend following your alltrails map so you don’t pass it. But you’re essentially watching for the next major wash on your right, which you’ll then follow until you clear the rocky formations towards the Wall Street Mill. You’ll know when you’ve made your way out of the wonderland of rocks because you’ll see old mill ruins and a deteriorated early 20th century automobile. That’s the terminus of the Wall Street Mill trail, which you’ll simply follow back towards the trailhead.

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Simon Oliver
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow
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Joe Jay
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Need GPS but most of the trail follows the same dry stream bed. Mild Bouldering but we accomplished it with small children. This can be a good workout if you take the lead worn path. Snow was a blessing in disguise because it showed us where the path had been trod before us.

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Jennifer Foley
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

Not a marked or official trail. It is marked for the first 1.5 miles or so and is a pleasant, flat walk through a field of Joshua Trees. After the historic car there are no further markings.

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Emily Droder
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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Stacy Wuthier
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HikingRockyScramble

I would recommend anyone who wants to get a little more off the beaten path. Very happy I had my GPS, there were a couple of unexpected turns. The gap was worth scrapple up. The view was amazing. Start early little shade at spots.

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