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Samuelsons Rocks Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 206 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

No dogs

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You are going to need some navigational skills for this one! This is a mostly off trail hike through the desert, but since there is not much elevation gain you should be able to get a good look around and find your way there and back. Check out other user's recordings, our heat map, and download the map before heading out to follow along!

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Reviews (41)
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Recordings (40)
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Olyayaya A
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HikingOff trailOver grown

The loop is not real.. Whole path is severely overgrown. I went off trail so many times... Because what's marked trail in this app is not a path in person. It kind of gallows the Quail Wash and that's your best bet to make it to the rock and back same way. Lots of animals and lizards. Many holes in the ground so often your foot falls through into someone's "tunnel home". Not a fan.

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Jonathan Cogley
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HikingOver grown
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Stefan Kieu
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownWashed out

We parked near where the app suggested. We sort of followed the route. Found the remnant of the old cabin, a shell of a truck, a corral with barb wire. We sat on the bench and viewed the rock. Waked around the area, found an old water tank. We made a straight line back to the car. Nice hike.

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Trevor Cook
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HikingNo shadeOff trail

The trail as other have stated is not very clear on the way out there, however, once you get to the destination it was really neat. If I had my kids, they would have loved the walk out there and being able to climb around. It’s a good little area to check out and imagine what it probably used to be like there. Walking back I didn’t even bother with following the map ( my recording is all over the place because I did some exploring around the area). You can make out where you parked your vehicle and make a straight shot walk back. Did this on an early Friday afternoon and didn’t have anyone out there. The rabbits are awesome to see running around.

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Alexis Nascimento
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HikingNo shadeOff trailWashed out
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Marie Munroe
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Hiking

Interesting sights, initially very hard to find trailhead. Left pictures in description to help. We stayed on the quail wash trail once we joined it down to the rocks.

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Lisa Lain
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Hiking

was no trail to follow so I followed the app the whole way but was a fun little hike to wind down for the day after work

Colin Van Gorder
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Hiking

I enjoyed this hike, but the trail route was less than clear. At the road pull-out, I needed to use the app to find the trail, there is no signage. Once I found the trail, it was fairly clear until the dry creek bed; then I needed to keep the app in front of me to even be close to the trail. Once at the rocks the trail became clear again. I had the same difficulty staying on trail on the return trip; holding the app in hand for more than half the time. The route is fairly straightforward, but I do not like leaving a trail and damaging the flora. I saw many jackrabbits and other rabbits as well as various lizards. I enjoyed seeing and reading the rocks.

Ryan Bullock
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Hiking

Great views, but once you get to the loop part vary hard to find/follow path

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Rudy Rodriguez
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HikingNo shade
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Josh G
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Hiking

A quick jaunt well worth it, if you’ve already done other key hikes (like Mount Ryan and the Lost Horse Mine). Saw some cool artifacts along the way. Didn’t see any other hikers. All Trails was needed to stay on track. You stay low in the valley, so beautiful vistas are appreciated.

Mardee Littrell
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Hiking

I used the All Trails app for this hike and it took me straight to Samuelson’s Rocks. There’s a foot trail to follow, from so many people doing it, but some of the trails spur off, and I would have to look at the app to get back on course. Keep an eye out for other cool things to see on the hike.

Nick Candido
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My wife and I spent 4 days in JTNP and this was our favorite hike for sure. Would hardly call it a trail as there's no actual path but finding the place as well as the rocks was a blast.

Brian Decker
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Work the time for sure.

Sarah B.
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Hiking
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Steve Chartier
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Armando Carreon
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Randy Kern
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Brian Carlson
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Drew Noble
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Hiking
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Annie K.
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Pat Rock
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Janna Ratzlaff
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