Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twenty-nine 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.

1.0 miles 124 feet 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.

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2 days ago

another great easy trail for all levels. lots of rocks to climb if your interested in that. amazing scenery all around

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25 days ago

Fun easy hike for family

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2 months ago

Easy, short and spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

Was my favorite hike at Joshua Tree. Aside from being very crowded it was a spectacular hike, feels like your in own world inside the canyon.

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3 months ago

A very short but spectacular hike ... one of my favorites in this park. Great picture opportunities. Spotted a Stellar's Jay on the route. Often very crowded so pcik your visitation time carefully.

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3 months ago

This was a nice little trail that went into a valley with a mini unique ecosystem. We went in December during a period of unprecedented visitation, so as expected, this trail was busy. In fact, this trail is heralded as the most popular in the park.

The trail has its own parking lot and vault toilet.

It requires some light climbing up and down rock stairs throughout, but nothing too extreme. No hiking poles are needed.

The trail recommends you proceed clockwise on the loop to better pair with the informational placards.

I don't think December is the optimal time for this trail as many of the plants were dormant or not in blood, but it was still beautiful as it wove thru unique rock formations along the way.