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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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length2.6 miElevation gain406 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleWashed outFeeNo dogs
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Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. 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).

I recommend doing this hike couter clockwise as the northern section is a sandy wash. Easier downhill than up. Where a hat, sunscreen, and bring plenty of water as there is no shade. Easiest access is from the 10 freeway exit Cotton wood springs. Pay your park entrace fee at ranger station and follow road to right towards cottonwood springs/campground

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Bob Perlack
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Amanda Samson
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Kimberly Coble
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Great trail with a short rock scramble to the top. Go to the right side to find the trail that wraps around to the backside to the peak. Excellent views and you can see the Salton Sea. Very nice. The mine is great too.

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Tingwei Chang
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Aneel Nazareth
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Generally nice, but lots of sand that sailed my energy. The scramble off to the park itself was fun

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Daniel Borges
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Awesome

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Megan Cook
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Nice easy, short hike. Zero Joshua Trees which was disappointing.

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Jason Covert
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Pati Leal
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike! Definitely take a break at the peak to enjoy the beautiful view!

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Stieg Kle
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Beautiful hiking weather, lizards and ground squirrels were out.

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Michael Simpson
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HikingGreat!No shade

Great trail with awesome views out to the Salton Sea. It's a little bit more difficult than ”easy” with a few dozen stairs cut in the rock some with quite a high step. But if you're in decent shape it's fairly easy. The climb to the peak is not clearly marked, but it's not that hard. This is a great trail in JTNP.

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Jacob Frady
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HikingGreat!

Great short trail. Small scramble up to the peak was fun

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Carrie Powers
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Matt Deible
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Kayla Bernardino
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Danielle Chupacabra
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Really enjoyed this hike! I'm not very ambitious or intrepid, but I'm getting better. We scrambled up to the peak and it was totally worth it, though a little scary for a n00b like myself. I wish the trail was a little better marked, after the peak follow the signs to the Cottonwood Loop A-B to get to the mine. Lots of gravelly sand was a good workout for the glutes. Definitely need water and sunscreen.

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Andrew Levine
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

Started this trail from the Cottonwood Loop B connector to catch a sunrise from the summit - the washes are a bit confusing and hard to tell if you’re headed in the right direction. The mine is well preserved and the short scramble to the summit isn’t as daunting as it looks, but take care to watch your step and test for loose rocks on the last couple hundred feet before the summit.

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William Hankins
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Had a great morning ... stopped for a quick loop on the way from HB to AZ ... met a few people from Minnesota and Illinois... wide variety terrain

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Edward Osowski
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Good hike, great views, worth the scramble to the summit

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Tony Garcia
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HikingNo shadeOff trailScramble

Combined two hikes! Great but bring lots of water and snacks. Went to Oasis first.

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Brandon Zamorano
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Underrated for Joshua Tree! Such a great hike with a nice peak and then a really cool mine! Make sure that after the peak you take the Campground Loop to continue to the mine. Only a short distance from the sign to Mastadon Peak

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Katherine Miller
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