Skull Rock Nature Trail is a 2.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from October until April.

Distance: 2.7 km Elevation Gain: 49 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. This loop contains .5 miles of walking along the paved campground road. Alternatively, visitors could just hike from Skull Rock, through the Jumbo Rocks area, and then turn around upon reaching the campground. This out-and-back route would be a mile roundtrip.

hiking
2 days ago

We walked around here. Nothing exceptionally fun compared to the rest of the park. Split Rock area is more fun.

hiking
3 days ago

Wouldn’t call this a trail at all. The “Skull Rock” is right off the the main road and it’s PACKED with everyone trying to get a picture with it. It’s pretty bad ass though, I love skulls lol .. didn’t mean for that to come off creepy. I enjoyed being able to see it but the crowed killed it. There a sea of rocks behind it that are super fun to scramble on, beware they are a bit sharp!

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 days ago

This hike is close to the jumbo rocks campground which is super convenient. There is no shade but awesome rocks to climb and take photos including the famous one that looks like a ‘skull’ (if you have the right angle it looks like a skull).

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

3 months ago

Cool skull features all along the trail !!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail that cuts through the rock features and is fairly flat with minimal elevation changes. Was a nice follow up to the Mt. Ryan trail.

running
4 months ago

Skull rock nature trail

4 months ago

lots of fun photo ops

hiking
fee
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Okay trail, very crowded with many tourist taking photos of the skull rock... I got one too lol very easy walk unless you climb up on all the rocks, then it’s a pretty good work out! Very beautiful views, went during end of November very cold for me. Fee $30.. depending on type of vehicle. yearly pass is $50/55

hiking
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

Skull rock is at the start of the trail

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Rock only vaguely resembles a skull. Really I would call this an easy walk unless you are going to climb up to or on Skull Rock. Lots of tourists all trying to get a photo with the rock. It was not really worth the trouble considering all the other excellent hiking and climbing at Joshua Tree.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

beaucoup de monde le crâne ne ressemble a un crâne qu avec beaucoup de imagination et c est même pas la peine de faire beaucoup d effort on le voit depuis la route

hiking
8 months ago

This easy hike weaves around Skull Rock and takes you through many mesmerizing rock formations. And for an added treat, follow the short Face Rock option...

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

September 2019: Hot, Hot & Hot!! Otherwise the trail was easy and fun.

hiking
9 months ago

walk up

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice quick jaunt though JoTr if you’re short on time but want a great experience. Lots of cool boulders and Skull Rock is a neat spot!

hiking
no shade
rocky
Tue Jun 04 2019

The second half of the trail is pretty empty. Easy loop walk with really interesting boulders. I thought the trail was well marked with arrows. the only part that wasn't great was the part where you walk on the road, but plenty of bathroom opportunities there.

hiking
Sun Jun 02 2019

Easy.

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