Ryan Mountain Trail

MODERATE 381 reviews
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Ryan Mountain Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinto Wye, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1062 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Oasis of Mara: Follow Utah Trail southwestward approximately 17.5 miles to the Ryan Mountain Trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

Did this hike about a month ago in mid-March and it was enjoyable. There isn't a ton of variety in the scenery on the way up the mountain, but the views at the top are great. If you're not spending your time climbing in Joshua Tree, this is a great hike to do, but I enjoyed the flat trail loops in the park that take you up close to the rock formations more than this hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Loved this hike! It was a short and steep hike with absolutely beautiful views all the way! I would say this is nature’s stair master

hiking
14 days ago

I imagine this hike is most pleasant outside of the summer months. We completed Ryan Mountain on April 5 when it was between 82 and 85 degrees, just about perfect weather.

The hike itself is pretty manageable. We saw people of nearly all ages and abilities making the trip. There's nothing particularly technical, just a solid climb up and a quick jaunt back down.

I will say, in terms of expectations, know that Ryan Mountain's peak isn't the one clearly seen from the trailhead. It'll look like a pretty normal ascent at the outset but the trail actually wraps around and snakes upward near the back of the mountain you see at the beginning. If you have this understanding, you should be able to pace yourself just fine and earn a wonderful view up top.

19 days ago

The view from the top is well worth the challenge getting there. Take many breaks if needed but keep pushing to the top!

23 days ago

The views at the top are rewarding. Hiked with a 6 & 9 year old back in October.

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike out and back to one of the highest points in the park. Well traveled and easy to follow trail. Gentle upward climb to some spectacular views.

hiking
26 days ago

This hike was a great challenge and let us see an incredible view from the summit as well as many scenic vistas along the path. It wasn’t a super long hike but boy were we huffing and puffing, it is quite steep at some points. well worth it thought and there are many areas at the summit that are perfect for eating some food and taking a good break before heading back down. Really enjoyed this hike!

hiking
27 days ago

Great trail with awesome views at the top. The Mt. peaks in the distance were still snow covered and just beautiful! Had a picnic at the top. Took 45 minutes less time to get back down. Some ascensions to the top can test your heart rate...

hiking
28 days ago

It’s a short intense hike to Ryan mountain! Most of the trail is laid out like a staircase which after a while made my hip flexor hurt. The view on the top is totally worth the struggle!

1 month ago

Great hike up. Lots of steps with varying height. You will need to pay attention! I would recommend doing this hike early in the morning to catch the sunrise or early morning sun across the valley. For my money, these are the best views in Joshua Tree.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing payoff at the end but it is a difficult climb. I was winded many times and was happy to take breaks to let others pass. This is my first West Coast mountain and it made me feel like a rookie. We did pack water which even re-energized my husband who is an avid hiker. The top has an amazing view and so worth the hard work. We even had lunch at the top. Great views!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

I'm a desert native who was introducing my girlfriend to the park and environment of JT. We hiked Ryan Mountain for the view at the end. It is strenuous for those who aren't used to elevation and the sun. My girlfriend had to take frequent breaks because of the heat and rapid elevation gain. There are absolutely no breaks from the heat unless you have the wind blowing in your favor. I'm used to these kind of trails (grew up in the coachella valley) and even had to stop for the occasional water break. I wouldn't recommend the trail for those with a fear of heights. Some parts are well paved, but narrow. It is frequently visted during winter months. However the view on the way up is great, and if you're lucky, you can see some rock climbers in the distance.

1 month ago

This hike was difficult for me, we had already hiked around 11 miles for the day and started around 430 pm. We made the top by about 6 and the views were great especially at dusk. By the time we got to the bottom it was full dark. The wind was being at the top as well so dress appropriately.

1 month ago

Very pretty...but the stairway all the way up 1.5 miles got old. I like variety. Stairway to heaven

hiking
1 month ago

Left the car at 10 am, made it back by noon. We took our time hiking up the steep incline—definitely harder than we expected, but the trail was safe. The views at the top were breathtaking!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views, beautiful summit. Heavy traffic in February.

1 month ago

Lots of steps, but lovely views. Worth the effort!

hiking
1 month ago

Windy and cold in Feb but a good hike with great views of Joshua Tree. Be prepare to climb stairs!

hiking
2 months ago

The view from the top, overlooking valleys in high (Mohave) and low (Colorado) deserts is breathtaking. The hike to the top is moderately strenuous to the point of being a very pleasant workout. The trail is impeccably maintained. The description here says it is moderately trafficked. There were a lot of people there today but not enough to cause a problem.

hiking
2 months ago

Sped up and down this trail in less than one hour. Stairs make it a total workout, but the view of the desert and mountains all around are totally worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

A fairly tough climb up but great views along the way. Awesome huge boulders at the base to explore once you come down.

hiking
2 months ago

A very nice trail with great views! It’s a steady climb up but ok to stop and admire the view and boulders while you catch your breath.

2 months ago

Really awesome, not too difficult hike. Did this at sunrise and it was worth it

2 months ago

Loved it great hike

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in JT. Steady up; easy down. Beautiful views the entire way.

3 months ago

Hiking this trail felt like I was back in high school PE, running stairs. The first section of the trail is "stairs" made from rocks. However, beautiful views and easy to follow path but I wouldn't want to do this trail if it was any warmer than 75 out.

hiking
3 months ago

Great 3 mile hike. Good elevation gain and awesome view at the top. Favorite JT hike

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

1.5 miles felt more like 15 miles, but the view at the top made it beyond worth it!

Beautiful views from top - worth the trek.

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