Joshua Tree Boy Scout Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews
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Joshua Tree Boy Scout Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Joshua Tree, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 173 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

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rocky
2 months ago

The trail is gorgeous. It showcases some of the most diverse structures from open fields of Joshua trees to long-gone beach-like waterfalls to rocky, mountainous beauty. There is no shade, so appropriate wear is required. Water and snacks are necessary as well. This 8 mile trail starts off smooth and easy, but there are plenty of hills that tire oneself. 3 liters of water minimum, 6 recommended especially in the summer. Don’t dehydrate (like I did with only 1 liter of water)!

hiking
3 months ago

A fine hike. Demanding only in the middle section. Great views and many plants. Something for everyone. I'm from the bottom up. Was more interesting to me.

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3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate mileage and altitude based on GPS. 16.1 mi. 1,657’ altitude gain. Parking available at Trailhead. Started around 10:am on 10 March 2019 Sunday. Recommend leaving earlier. Great overcast weather for long hike. Trail in great condition. Gorgeous hike. Went from desert to high plateau filled with Joshua Trees surrounded by mountains- felt like in caldera. Took 3 liters of water, snacks and lunch Definitely recommend hike.

4 months ago

Wildflowers at the Indian Cove mountain side are incredible right now about 1.5 miles in. Something is wrong with you if you don't like this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Rated average (3) because it’s a good general overview of JT as a whole, but doesn’t have anything 4-or- 5-star spectacular along the way like some other JT trails do. Also, I prefer winding, single track trails over walking in a sand wash, which there is a lot of on this trail. If you go in the direction indicated on this map (west to east) it’s essentially downhill the entire way. However, I started at the Indian Cove end of the trail, because I prefer going uphill instead of down. Choose your preference. There is about a 3/4 mile section that has a moderately steep incline, while the rest is a gentle slope. The middle section (Wonderland of Rocks) is the most interesting part, which makes it difficult to time if you want to be in the prettiest spot during sunset hour, cuz you’ll be finishing up in the dark. I really like trails that you can time to be in the best section during sunset and still make it back to the car before it’s too dark. (Such as Maze+North View, or Eagle Cliff+ Split Rock Loop)

backpacking
6 months ago

great trail for beginning backpacking. troop 733 Feb 2019

7 months ago

Rather nice. Very flat. Some good bouldering spots along the way needless to say...

backpacking
7 months ago

Park entrance is open during off hours, so you can still access the park if you show up at weird hours. Backpacking is made so easy at JTNP. You don't have to reserve a permit. Can simply fill one out at the TH, ahhh the good old days. Warning, if you don't like crowds, don't go on Thanksgiving. Was shockingly packed! Easy trail. Vault toilet at the parking lot. My plan was for a 4 or 5 day backpacking trip, but got food poisoning the first day instead. :) Definitely plan on going back! Hoping to see some wildlife or flowers when I do.

hiking
8 months ago

Did a good chunk of this last month (Nov). Great part of the park to hike thru. You get a little of everything it has to offer from the JOSHUA Trees to the myriad rock formations to some great views up higher to some shady mini canyons along the way.

8 months ago

Good long hike. One challenging part with some switchbacks about 4.5 miles in but otherwise easy/moderate. Definitely a good way to see the many terrains of the Park

10 months ago

Wasn’t feelin the vibe; something eerie about this trail.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Starting out takes you across flat desert for a mile or so. After that, you get into the Wonderland of Rocks. It lives up to its name. Winding, rocky trail with different formations at every turn. It was a fun, moderate hike.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A very nice hike through many zones of the park. Great to park a car at Indian Cove then drive back and start from the top so most of the hike is downhill.

hiking
Sunday, March 04, 2018

I would recommend starting this trail at the opposite end and maybe turning around after the slot canyon. The views were much better a couple miles in, although the slot canyon was fun. Sand makes for a little tougher ascent but it’s gradual so not too bad. What I loved about this trail is the fact that it is less visited and you can go miles without seeing anyone.

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