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Quail Mountain via Juniper Flats is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 12.8 mi Elevation gain 1,679 ft Route type Loop
Camping Hiking Nature trips Running Views No shade
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Start this hike from Juniper Flats and hike west along the rolling California Hiking and Riding Trail with beautiful scenery. Just after mile marker 23 and about 4.6 miles in turn right up and old closed sandy dirt road. From the end of this road follow the worn trail directly to the base of Quail Mountain (5813 ft). When you finally reach the topmost ridgeline hike Northeast across the top to find the first summit register where the big rock cairn had been knocked down. From there about 500 ft more North is the true summit with the benchmark named "JO" and another summit register and rock cairn.You can descend down an easier route on the southeast running ridge.

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Jayson Dooley
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Michael Sweas
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About 90% of the trail was good. Once you hit the base of the mountain, the actual trail completely disappears. If you’re an inexperienced hiker, I recommend a more traveled path. Also, be careful & watch out for snakes. I saw a handful of rattlesnakes (didn’t get close enough to see which kind) on the out portion of the loop around the mountain.

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Claire Chen
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this was my first backpacking trail and i carried 9L of water (lasted me 2 days, 1 night) bc there is no water at jtree unless you cache. my pack was 37lbs and i was able to make it to the top but it was pretty tough! the flat part is easy but once you get to the base of the mountain, it’s really hard to discern a trail— you’re literally just climbing it up to the top in any way possible. thank god for my trekking poles. i’m in moderate shape so if you are more experienced and in top shape, then you’ll find this trail more moderate. no shade at all so wear a hat and long sleeve upf shirt. i wore shorts and didn’t put spf on my legs. now they are charred! i would recommend putting some plastic bag and duck tape over your ankles to act as gaiters bc there are so many prickly plants that get in your sock! this would be for any off trail activity only. fantastic view at the top. set up tent at a perfect spot that blocked the wind and there are quite a few rock slabs to set up a little kitchen. quite a few bees, giant bumblebees, and some mosquitos. not too bad though. i would probably bring a little essential oil to ward them off. not bad enough for deet.

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Darrel Jordan
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Fun hike the long way! I think I was off trail more than on a trail. Solo mission at its finest.

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Son Of A Mountian side
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HikingOff trail

12-13-2019 Started the trail from juniper flats parking lot at 10:30 pm,hiked 3 miles under a full moon ,the desert was lit,and flashlights were not necessary. What a beautiful experience!! So many shooting stars,really quiet,no winds the first night. Cowboy camped. 12-14-2019 Watched a magnificent sun rise Started walking towards quail mountain Had to find our own way to the top,no trail but not difficult,just plan your route. Be sure to use either a good compass and map,or a decent gps,I used the all trails map but it crashed a couple of times. Everything looks the same after a while in a desert,so be sure to have good navigation skills. I had 4 liters of water and end up drinking all of it half way back to the car,so I ran out before I got back basically,and it was December not hot at all. Found a plane crash at the summit Found the geo marker It was insanely windy at the top Had a great time,would totally do it again.

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Olivia Tsefalas
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Trail is pretty straight forward if you follow all trails gps. Once you get to the base of the mountain there is no longer a trail and you do have to scramble to the top. Beautiful trail in the spring but relatively flat with a gradual incline until the very last 1.5 miles where you have to scramble up the mountain. I would say this trail is moderate and the only reason it’s rated difficult is because of the distance/ heat.

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Mike Schneider
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BackpackingNo shadeOff trail

Can't but give Joshua Tree a five star review for this route -- it was great. We did it at the end of March after all the rains and there were a good number of wild flowers in bloom with many more on the way. There was so much green it felt like a different location. We didn't make the peak of Quail due to our group being a bit slow to beat the sun on its way down but it was still an enjoyable hike. We stayed overnight just off the end of the dirt road that the trail intersects with and had a great, though slightly cold night. The hike up to the peak is off trail back country style. There are some washes to use at times but if there was a trail up, we did not find one.

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Tim Tau
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MJ L
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Cool trail with great views. No marked path up to the mountain. Fun to go off the grid for a while though and find one‘s one way...

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Tim Rodgers
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Great hike! Finding the turnoff was easier than we expected - I have posted a picture for reference. We had some trouble finding the path up the mountain, but generally it was easy enough to find our own way where we lost the trail. Coming down, we ended up further East than expected but made it back to the main trail without too much trouble. Overall, a great hike if you are looking for a little adventure and don't mind losing the path!

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Elizabeth Wig
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Could not find trailhead to Quail Mountain from California Hiking and Riding trail. Bring a GPS and maps because this is unmarked and very hard to find!

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Kenny Le
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Josh Barrow
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Mark Lecher
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Andre Matthews
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Fred Boehm
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Sam Baugh
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Olivia Tsefalas
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Danna Luciano
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Jordan Donohue
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Paul Picazo
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Lolo13 LAW89
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HoBeau Hiker
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TJ Kodras
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Tyler Greenberg
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