Quail Mountain via Juniper Flats

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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, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,679 feet Route Type: Loop

camping

hiking

nature trips

running

views

no shade

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

backpacking
no shade
off trail
5 months ago

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.

hiking
off trail
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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...

10 months ago

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!

Monday, March 12, 2018

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!

backpacking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Sunday, March 18, 2018

hiking
Saturday, December 12, 2015

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