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Lucky Boy Vista Trail to Elton Mine

EASY 29 reviews
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Lucky Boy Vista Trail to Elton Mine is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

lovely, varied trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Favorite trail in Joshua Tree so far! As others suggested, we did the counterclockwise loop and loved it. We went on a Sunday afternoon in January and were the only people on the trail. The rock formations in the wash are incredible. Yes, the sand is a little bit of a drag, but definitely worth it, and overall a fun, easy hike.

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7 months ago

This trail is spectacular.... went in the heat, early, and completed it in an hour. Not many stops in the shade but recommend going early and being happy to walk in sand.

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no shade
8 months ago

This trail is actually 3.5 miles according to the NPS, with an additional 0.5 mile if you do the spur out to the Vista. Loop trail that you can do clockwise or counterclockwise. To go clockwise, drive to the end of Desert Queen Mine Road. To do the trail counterclockwise, the trailhead will be half a mile before the end of Desert Queen Mine Rd. I did this counterclockwise and it was great (though the very sandy wash near the end was a slog in the heat). Definitely do the optional 0.5 mile out and back spur trail out to the actual Lucky Boy Vista for a great view! Saw lots of birds, lizards, and hares on the trek. My favorite part of the trail is when it drops down into the wash. So many cool rock formations to see. Be ever vigilant looking out for rattlesnakes, as they love to hang out near brush and rocks (of which there are plenty). Bring plenty of water as there is no shade.

Mon Nov 12 2018

Easy. Lots of sand. Nice view at the top n

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

The Vista Trail was very easy & very short, 1.25m of pretty flat hike with little immediate scenery, and then BAM! you get to the vista and wow, you're looking across miles and miles of gorgeousness. Did this hike based on the distance & the glowing words of the reviewer below me, and took the wash loop back. This was both a blessing & a curse (no fault of the reviewer). Dropping into the ruggedness of the S. end of the wash was incredible, after having so little to see on most of the vista trail. But after getting out of the rugged portion into the wash it was less enchanting. It was a v. hot day, and in the wash there was little breeze. The last 1/3 of the wash is all loose sand and slightly inclined, so it was a pretty wretched hot dry when-is-this-going-to-end slog. Other than the sand part, which was more tiring than expected, there is nothing difficult about this hike, it's a terrific off-the-beaten-path gem and I absolutely plan to go back. I think starting from Queen Canyon Mine might be the key, if heat is a factor.

nature trips
Sat May 19 2018

Best hike we did in Joshua Tree. AllTrails says it’s an in and out but when you arrive there is a loop trail marked, take the Loop!!! The backside of the loop drops you into a valley that is far better then the famed Hidden Valley Trail. Start early and you will see tons of wild hares and rabbits. Parts are in the wash that can be a little confusing so just keep an eye out for the trail signs...if your unsure just push on slightly looking for the signs, if in doubt double back and try another wash, just stick with it. Super secluded, we saw no one on our 2.5 hour walk.

Sat Jun 17 2017

Great trail! Lightly trafficked and wonderful

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