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Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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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

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.

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rocky
26 days ago

Nice short trail with neat rock formations. Crowded

hiking
1 month ago

A really pretty and easy trail in Joshua Tree. Tons of nature, rock climbers, and cool opportunities to do a bit of light bouldering. Highly recommend - anyone can do this hike! Quick and gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

40 minute main loop, there are lots of opportunities for quick walks off the trail and it’s easy to find your way back. Saw rock climbers, older folks and young children so it’s a trail with something for everyone. Great view of the Joshua Trees when you come back out. Very well marked and maintained.

hiking
1 month ago

very easy very relaxing even if there are many people possibility to make very beautiful photos must

hiking
1 month ago

What a beautiful hike. Lots of beautiful sights.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail and very scenic! A must in JTNP!

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

An easy trail with lots of interesting information about desert plants and animals.

Simple route between rounded rocks. Climate: very dry with the need to hydrate continuously. Wildlife: desert mouse, Desert Black-tailed Jackrabbit, small coyote.

hiking
3 months ago

A short but amazing trail! Stone steps guide you in and out of a mesmerizing valley of stunning rock formations dotted with Pinyon Pines and Joshua Trees. Breathtaking!

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no shade
3 months ago

Easy but beautiful trail. Take a little time to climb on the rocks!

hiking
3 months ago

BEAUTIFUL

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bridge out
3 months ago

pretty easy trail, very family friendly. make sure you’re tracking your route as it gets a bit confusing at times. 360 rock views, lots of little wildlife to see!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and fun trail! I enjoyed the various shape of rocks and Joshua trees like a kids!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy short hike, nice way to get to know Joshua Tree! Lots of fun and I love all the signs with information. Look out for those to know you’re still on the trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, easy trail. 105 degrees, but very enjoyable. Great introductory hike at JNP.

hiking
4 months ago

If you want a super short trail to do in the summer at Joshua Tree, this is the one.

hiking
4 months ago

very hot and sunny but a great intro to JT

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rocky
5 months ago

Trail markers are a little sketchy in this trail. Yes they have a few signs, but mostly rocks or logs pushed to the edge of the trail. I accidentally stepped over one and lost the trail. I wound up in areas I wasn't supposed to be in, and then back on the original trail I took in. I walked out on that trail and then took the trail backwards so I could see the rest of it. I discovered the 6" round log I had stepped over to get off track. Views were fantastic though.

hiking
5 months ago

Really easy, but an adventurous walk around the desert.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Only a few hundred yards off the main drag, this trail is easy, well-maintained and fun, with lots of tight turns and drops, all set against the iconic JTNP scenery of Hidden Valley. if you've only got a few hours and want to get at least some small sense of what this park is about, this trail is always a reliable bet.

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