Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a 1 mile heavily 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. 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. Off the trail you will find some rock climbing sites.

hiking
8 days ago

Short hikes, beautiful rock formations.

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no shade
rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Easy trail to walk with a lot of people around. The best part was climbing the rocks in the middle for a bit of a fun challenge :)

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy loop, lots of people climbing.

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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no shade
2 months ago

Definitely recommending this trail if you visit JTNP. More like a leisure walk than a hike. Its only about a mile loop but it might take you 1 hour due to beauty and photo opportunities. We went on leap day Sat Feb 29,2020 and the weather was perfect. Crowd is good size so lots of traffic but not too crazy. If you want previewnof how it looks here’s the youtube link of our visit https://youtu.be/hS6IJ9hjMjY

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trail tucked away in jumbled rock piles

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rocky
3 months ago

Excellent nature walk with amazing sites of boulders, Joshua trees, and a good mix of shade and unshaded areas. a very easy hike but great views in a limited time. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Boulder scenery very cool. Went in the afternoon and was very crowded, but expected and definitely still worth it.

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3 months ago

easy trail to do with kids. recommend getting there before 10am to avoid the lines and to get parking.

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3 months ago

Amazing adventure trail for all ages. Our young children loved it. Endless rock formations and opportunities to scramble. Only downside is the limited parking and crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, very nice loop with easy terrain. Very good trip for young kids and those looking for a relatively flat trail with beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun little trail in Joshua Tree. Really easy but not necessarily flat. Only took about 30-40 minutes to complete. Of all the quicker trails in Joshua Tree this one especially felt like you were amongst the rock gods.

3 months ago

Came here in February. Lots of boulder stacks to climb/walk on! Loop trail. Very pretty PARKING - about 90% full at 10am DURATION - 30min SHADE - mostly unshaded. Spots of shades by the taller boulders BUGS - didn't have any! BATHROOM - glorified porta potty at trail head PHOTO - lots of boulder stack photo op spots

3 months ago

decent trail. fairly easy !

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail that is very busy. Large parking lot. Pit toilets. Worth it if you want a short hike with views of rock formations and various vegetation. Interpretative signs along the way. We saw several people climbing the rocks for views but also some serious rock climbers. There are steps here and there, so not recommended for people who cannot climb stairs alone.

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4 months ago

Short and easy trail. Several shade areas. Will do again next time in the park.

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rocky
4 months ago

Superbe décor ! Beaucoup trop monde ! 2 autobus plein d’enfants. Grande surface de glace !

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great short easy hike a few miles from the west entrance. This is a partially shaded 1 mile (rare shade in the Southern California desert!) loop trail that encompasses many of the micro climates of the region. There are slight elevation changes, steps and some mild uneven footing on this well maintained trail. Boulders, pinyon pines, yucca, beaver tail cactus, and Joshua Trees all live in this canyon creating a less harsh environment than one would expect in the desert and create a gorgeous backdrop. Remnants of ice and snow were still present in the shaded area of the trail. Bouldering and small caves are available for all ages to experience and explore. No dogs on any trails are allowed and must be maintained on a leash in parking lots and paved sidewalks only. Pit toilets are at the trail head. Always carry water, even in cool weather as the wind and dryness can cause dehydration quickly. There is NO CELL SERVICE in JTNP. Alert contacts of your desert recreational plans, whereabouts and have a check in plan in place when taking a trip to the desert. This is a harsh environment and emergencies happen quickly here. Enjoy your trip, stay hydrated and prepared.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great short hike. The size of the boulders is amazing and the scenery is beautiful. Very popular trail...would recommend!

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4 months ago

This hike is close to the West Entry, thus it's heavy trafficked. We hiked clockwise and encounter some ice earlier on and the rest of the trail was clear. Beautiful rock formations and saw quite a few rock climbers, and a number of hikers scrambled their way to the top. It's a nice hike with gorgeous views.

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snow
4 months ago

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