Sierra Club WTC Scramble Route is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from September until May.

Length4.0 miElevation gain997 ftRoute typeLoop
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Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check with the park website for current rates. This is NOT a casual hiking trail. This is a technical trail with extremely difficult rock climbing used by the Sierra Club as a training course. This trail is not maintained by Joshua Tree National Park. The Wilderness Travel Course put on by the Sierra Club each year conducts a Joshua Tree weekend training. They focus on navigation and rock scrambling techniques on this weekend of the 10 week course. This peak is a challenging destination of the annual weekend. You will begin the hike up a gorge, then up to a flat, followed by a steep hill, another Plateau, and a tough climb to the summit. The climb has a 1380 foot elevation gain to the peak and 4 mikes total. Joshua Tree is a National Park and entrance fees are required to enter the park.

Do not attempt this peak without experience and proper training.  This is class 3 climbing! Wear a helmet. Bring lots of water, even on cold days. Be very cautious, lot of very dangerous cactus,Silver Cholla and Teddy Bear Cholla. The spines will go right through your boots. Strongly recommend good, 3/4 shank, leather boots.

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joshua Rotnam
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Talia Lake
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Finished the loop (skipped the optional peak) in 3.5 hours. I don’t understand the 5 star reviews - this is fun for about an hour and then I was ready for it to be over. But it keeps going, and going. Scenery is OK but nothing on other national parks. I’m 30 and fit and this was a challenge. Meh

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maloss88 User
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We took our time... did not climb the peak. Went clockwise and I feel that is best since there are larger boulders in the first canyon (eastern canyon), therefore would be more difficult to descend there. We started at 1120 and finished at 520pm. We still had major shade in the east canyon at that time, which of course helped with the climb. love the full body work out of scrambling.

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Mitzi German
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PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PHONE!!! Its so easy to lose the trail, we trusted we were going the right way but realized so late into it that it took us double the time to complete the trail. it was fun, and you can definitely complete it but I recommend it to the more experienced hikers views are AMAZING! will definitely go back

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Katie Wing
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Awesome and fun! Lots of climbing :)

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Kevin B
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This was a nice fun rock scramble for most of it, but nothing super challenging or sketchy by any means. I went clockwise on the loop and once I got down I had to some minor bushwhacking so got a lil scratched up. Rookie mistake to not wear pants

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Diana Rosenberg
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Awesome scramble through a few gullies and peaks! A quick bit of mellow class 3ish to the summit, and fun clockwise

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Nathan Snyder
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Flames though.

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Derek Hall
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HikingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Not sure how to size it up. Challenging and mostly enjoyable, but a lot of checking on our gps and roughly staying on a course. This is not a trail, this is not easy, and there is real isolation and possibility of injury that should be taken into account. Glad I did this with someone. Took about 4 hours clockwise, didn’t do the optional summit. The area near the parking lot has some nice signage of some of the local wildlife and was the only spot we saw anything besides a few birds. If you go clockwise, stay near the riverbed if possible, we got a bit off course and worked up to the right but had to go back down to get through.

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Garet Ness
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HikingGreat!Off trail

Fuckin tough, but flames though. Took a while, recommend climbing experience for a few of the tougher summits.

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Brian Hipszer
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Roxy Wacyk
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Fantastic scramble! Route finding fairly easy with the map.

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Ofer Finkler
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HikingGreat!
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Rupert Croft
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lots of fun. couldn't work out how to get to the very top of the summit without ropes, but just below views are still amazing.

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Patrick McIntyre
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First time scrambling, I think I found my new obsession. So much fun and challenging. I only did a small portion of this route since I was alone. I would recommend flexibility, upper body strength, patience, and a desire to be intimidated, for you to enjoy this trail. Though, I can't speak for the rest of the path.

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Alex Halenda
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This trail is not kept, so save the map and follow your progress as you go. It’s easy to get lost. We hiked the loop counter clockwise and we’re very pleased with the challenging descent on the larger rocks. You could enjoy the best pieces as an out and back trail of you take the loop clockwise 2/3s of the way. Gorgeous views. Don’t tell your friends. Not a trail for the faint of heart.

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Ioana Mihaila
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Michael Reilly
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Great trail. Very demanding. Steep scrambling up and down boulders. Unbelievable views.

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Harry Kal
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Please don't hike alone here! I broke my foot and had to be rescued. I am really fortunate to be alive!

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Ben Wong
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Recommend starting clockwise so the sun will be on your back on the way out.

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Agora Phoné
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With all the zigzagging you’ll need to do, this trail is 5 miles NOT 3. It’s 80-90% scrambling over boulders for those 5 miles. Not for the faint of heart, but the views are gorgeous, as are the cacti, palms, etc. I hiked this alone, but that was before I realized it was 5 miles. I’d recommend a hiking companion - it’s easy to twist an ankle on all those rocks and no one would hear your calls for help. I didn’t see a single soul the entire hike.

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