Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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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
101 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
39 minutes 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
6 days 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
15 days 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
17 days ago

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

rock climbing
19 days 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.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful loop trail with some stunning rock views

1 month ago

Fun to climb around on the rocks!!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Wonderful view!! Must go!!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Christmas Eve stroll. Super easy and fairly crowded.

hiking
3 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.

4 months ago

Easy peasy with good scrambling opportunities throughout!

4 months ago

Just beautiful! More of a walk than a hike.

4 months ago

Large family friendly. We have 5 small children under 10 and really enjoy this hike. There are parts where we carry the 2 year old, but other than that the littles can do most of it and enjoy climbing.

What great place to hike. This hike has some good views of the rocks and I also saw a few rock climbers.

rock climbing
6 months ago

This is more of a nature walk than a hiking trail, but it is absolutely gorgeous and unique! This valley is surrounded with massive boulders which are relatively easy to scale. If you go off the trail there are slots to explore and amazing flowers and wildlife! We saw a whip snake and a rattler, as well as all sort of flowering cacti and lizards. I highly recommend this trail, especially if you are into rock climbing and bouldering.

7 months ago

amazing trail to explore

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail and fun climbing.

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