Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail

HARD 22 reviews
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Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nipton, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
147 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

The main feature of this trail is the rings which are physically demanding.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes ever! That sounds exaggerated but it's not. I would not say it's hard. Although, you do kind of need upper body strength. Also a tip up is so much easier than down

hiking
3 months ago

Only the rings make this hike difficult. The rest of the hike is easy, but do the rings if you are able. They are really fun! The landscape in and around these rock formations is amazing.

3 months ago

This trail is so much fun, and the rock formations are amazing. Even if you can't climb the rings (which is the most fun part!), it's still worth hiking into the canyon and back out because it's so beautiful. Other than the rings, this is an easy trail. Highly recommended.

4 months ago

nice short trail

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

SO FUN!!! And beautiful

5 months ago

Love this train and I highly recommend this to anyone. If I had the time I would do it again. I do suggest going up on the rings because it is easier than going down.

hiking
6 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

This is a great trail. We started at the end of the parking lot and walked around to Banshee Canyon. Great views. Great rocks. Easy walking.

The trail gets tougher as the rings get closer. I have done the rings and they are hard mostly because they are spaced quite far apart. I strongly suggest that you do not do this trail by yourself in case you fall off the rings.

If you feel you cannot do the rings, hike the trail anyway and do a in-and-back trip. You won't regret it.

And don't forget to check the echo chamber that is Banshee Canyon.

8 months ago

it was super nice but very short. normally I dislike climbing but here it was fun. there is just 5 min of climbing.

hiking
8 months ago

Super fun hike ,Awesome winter time fun!! ..rained all night and the next day ,and still had a blast ,..the whole preserve is a really special place ,a must visit .. ,nearby hole in the wall campground is also great ,nice sites ,water ..bring firewood though

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful desert scenery and a tranquil location. As an experienced hiker, I found the portion with the rings to be very easy -- more so than what other reviews suggested. I would probably combine this hike with the Barber Peak Loop Trail next time to spend more time enjoying this area.

Note: the exit for Essex Rd on I-40 is currently under construction and getting to/from this hike may require a detour.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

This trail is not very noticable. My friend and I never even found the loops, but instead just climbed each ring individualy. It was kind of fun with the rock climbing, but lots of loose rocks. NOT very child friendly. Also the road up to the place is pretty rough. The view at the top was fantastic. If it wasnt windy I could of stayed for hours.

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2016

Everyone focuses on the rings, but the entire trail is thoroughly enjoyable. The entrance to Banshee Canyon is spectacular and offers great photo ops. Some light-to-moderate rock scrambling leads up to the rings, which are a challenge but doable with, if necessary, a hand from someone above. Not a hike to be done alone, as a fall from the rings could be disabling. Perfect time to do is early spring – mid-April to early May. Also spotted a female phainopepla (small dark bird with noticeable crest) on high ground beyond the rings. A great day all around!

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

The pictures make the rings look easy. It is definitely physically demanding. But worth the challenge.