Mastodon Peak Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mecca, 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 April until October.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 406 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. This is a relatively easy hike. Lots of desert plants and flowers to see along with beautiful views. On clear days you can see the Salton Sea. There is an old mine to explore (only from outside as entrance has been sealed).

hiking
no shade
scramble
5 days ago

I loved this hike! We did it in the late afternoon and it wasn't too hot or very crowded at all. We saw a bunch of vultures flying overhead by the oasis at the start and some metates! The hike is rated moderate by the J Tree guides, but I didn't find it very strenuous at all. It's definitely worth your time to scramble up the craggy boulder peak at the top. Also, the wildflowers along the trail were PRIME. A great first hike of our trip in J Tree :)

hiking
2 months ago

Very visually stunning adventure. If you follow the trail it should not be difficult. We got off the trail and found ourselves behind Mastodon Peak. We “blazed” our own trail while working around the peak and back to the intended trail. A little more challenging, but much fun. The oasis, near the start/end, is interesting.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail last week to get away from the craziness of Covid 19. It was an enjoyable time. The weather was sunny and about 60*F. The beginning of the trail appeared to have had some recent washout near the bridge but it was still acceptable for use. It was not too crowded. The biggest group was some 7th graders on a science trip. The view of Salton Sea was nice. The mine was nice to read about and step back in history for a minute or two. I would definitely recommend this hike while in JTNP.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Awesome hike with two kids and four adults. Used poles and scrambled up the last .1 miles to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike. The scramble to Mastadon Peak was worth it. Had some trouble staying on the trail though. Ended up in the campgrounds and had to double back from there.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great little walk. Suitable for families and well maintained, clearly signed trail. You see a lot in a short hike. a good introduction the the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, great views, incredible rock formations! Be sure to do the rock scramble up to the top of Mastodon Peak for an amazing overlook. I'm quite confused by the previous review that states there is no trail past Mastodon Peak. We did the whole loop using the AllTrails route and it was right on the money.

hiking
2 months ago

After the mastodon peak, the route provided in the app is not a long a trail. The trail listing is just someone who wandered around and posted their route. We spent a few hours walking in the desert trying to pick up this trail before we realized there isn’t one. This listing should be removed. Do not attempt this. Do the lost oasis trail instead.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

I enjoyed this trail for many reasons, but to name a few, I got to experience different terrain from what I’m used to, the closed down gold mine was neat to see, a coyote was lurking between some rocks as we were walking, and the view from the peak was stunning. Needless to say there really wasn’t a dull moment on this hike!

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Hiking w family members who don’t hike much - and this was the perfect hike. Easy and scenic and just the right length. Fun day.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

recorded Mastodon Peak Loop Trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Nous l’avons adoré! Un peu de défi pour moi qui a le vertige, je ne suis pas allé jusqu’au bout. Il me manquait à peine 10 pieds. Décor magestueux !

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

This was a fun loop. You can climb the rocks at the peak for a great view.

hiking
6 months ago

We did the loop through Mastodon mine. Fun trail with a nice view of the Sultan Sea from Mastodon mine.

hiking
6 months ago

we went in the opposite loop direction as the map indicates and glad for it. This is an easy hike, but in sandy DG. From the trail the bouldering to Mastedon Peak is about .1 mile and well worth it. Nice view of Salton Sea & Pinto Mountains. Definately front country but not as crowded as sites around Park Blvd. No joshua trees in the part of the park. Notes above about washouts outdated, all open and clear as of Veterans Day weekend.

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

Nice trail, skip the mine highpoint if you aren't into light scrambling, take the highpoint from side or front if you want to increase the scrambling difficulty.

hiking
6 months ago

Interesting terrain with great area for scrambling to the peak. Beautiful views, cooler than the valley but still very exposed to sun. Highly recommend!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Nice morning hike - temperatures varied a lot. Wear layers. Very windy in parts of the hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery! This is our first time to Joshua tree. We will definitely be coming back. Loved using this app, it helped us along the way. The previous reviews were very helpful.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Great trail! nice loop through an oasis, abandoned mine, and rocky peak! the peak is “not maintained” by the NPS but we found it easily climbable

hiking
7 months ago

. We did this last weekend in sept. Awesome. Lower part of park is not as crowded. We mostly had place to ourselves. Bring water and salty snacks and heat gear. Time it right to for temp. Will be hot at base but windy and nice climbing to peak. Peak is some boulder scrambling which is fun. This app was crucial for navigation. The “loop” was a bit confusing. Basically like the head to the peak, come back from the peak to where you went off trail and head toward the signs for camp sites. Lotta micro terrains. Old mine shaft. Oasis Super fun.

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