Hidden Valley Nature Trail

EASY 202 reviews
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Sample the best of Joshua Tree National Park on this short 1 mile nature trail loop in the heart of the park. If time or the fierce sun means you only have the chance for one short hike at Joshua Tree National Park, then Hidden Valley is a great choice. Encircled on all sides by the familiar golden rock outcroppings of the Joshua Tree park, Hidden Valley certainly lives up to is name. In addition to being a great sheltered location, this place is also rumored to have been well known to 19th century cattle rustlers who would hide their bovine hoards in here. The nature trail takes you on a circuitous route around some of the most prominent features of the park, including interpretive guides to the area's diversity, plant life and geology.

hiking
14 days ago

Cute small walk

hiking
14 days ago

The rocks on this trail are interesting. It took us less than one hour.

quick and easy, beautiful vegetation to look at.

20 days ago

Stunning views, a bit crowded, but worth it.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful and great as an intro to Joshua Tree hike.

hiking
1 month ago

A loop in and around the exposed granite of Joshua Tree. Minimal scrambling, somewhat crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy. Fun for the kids ages 6-12. They loved scrambling up the boulders and the interesting scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Probably the best short trail I've ever encountered. Especially off-season when it offers both solitude and amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and great for the kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike and so fun! Rocks are amazing!

1 month ago

Really fun little loop, my daughters loved the lizards and rocks to climb!

hiking
2 months ago

A fun little loop amongst the rocks and various vegetation of Joshua Tree. The trail is pretty short and easy, and has a lot of opportunities for exploration amongst the rocks. The history of the valley is pretty cool so take the time to read the informational signs.

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see.

2 months ago

Fun little loop with lots of rocks to scramble onto and over if you please! Would be a great place to take kids

2 months ago

Easy fun loop trail. Fun sights to see and very accessible.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was easy, no real elevation gains and was one of the more scenic areas. You are surrounding by rocks on all side once you enter. We were hear at dusk so the light made the experience all the better.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful but overrrun. This trail offers Joshua Tree NP in a box...with nice rock formations, joshua trees and other desert fauna, and some history.

hiking
2 months ago

Short 1 mile hike. Gives a real feel for the park. Breathtaking rock formations and all kinds of desert plants. The trail is marked very well and has signs explaining what you're seeing.

hiking
3 months ago

A great first intro hike to Joshua Tree! Very easy but with lots of great things to see. Takes less than an hour.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous rock formations and desert scrub. If you are at Joshua Tree for the first time this is a must visit.

rock climbing
3 months ago

This review is for the Chasm of Doom within hidden valley. Two people that had done this scramble through the rocks led our group. Several times occurred when foothold coaching was necessary, or there was complete darkness, or you had to lie flat and shimmy through narrow spaces. At one point, you come to a sort of window in the side of a mountain with big rock ledges where you can sit in the sun, take in the views and see activity in the parking area below you. I got pretty bruised up from this scramble but it was super fun.

3 months ago

Fun to climb around on the rocks!!

4 months ago

Easy nature walk on a cool day. Interesting rock formations.

4 months ago

Wonderful view!! Must go!!

4 months ago

Beautiful trail. One of our favorite. Arrive early since it can be very popular.

4 months ago

Easy trail, great for families. Beautiful but busy the week between Christmas and New Year's. Plenty of shade in the afternoon.

hiking
4 months ago

Christmas Eve stroll. Super easy and fairly crowded.

hiking
5 months ago

This was one of my favorite hikes of my day in Joshua Tree. It's only a mile but the scenery and giant rock formations are incredible.

6 months ago

Easy peasy with good scrambling opportunities throughout!

7 months ago

Just beautiful! More of a walk than a hike.

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