Skull Rock Nature Trail

EASY 115 reviews
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Skull Rock Nature Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and camping and is best used from October until April.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
157 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

camping

hiking

rock climbing

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

This was a short easy trail, suitable for families with small children. Which there were quite a few just climbing and playing on the rocks. Skull rock is pretty cool to see in person and worth stopping by to snap a couple pictures with it.

hiking
9 days ago

Pretty little nature trail with signs describing the plants. Perfect for families, but a bit too over crowded for me! Great spot for some rock scrambling, though.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice easy trail. The road/campground part was a little boring and not well marked.

27 days ago

More of a view

1 month ago

Nice trail, beautiful views of the rock formations in JTNP. Good for families.

hiking
1 month ago

Short nature walk, good for almost all skill levels. The trail is a little tricky where it crosses the road (not super well marked), but the skull rock at the end is pretty cool

hiking
2 months ago

Skull Rock was very cool to see in person. If you don't feel like doing the 1.7 mile hike you can park along side the rock on the main road and walk up.

hiking
2 months ago

The rocks are crazy big here but rough on your hands. Skull rock is cool to see, perhaps a little overhyped.

3 months ago

it's nice, short and easy

4 months ago

Large family friendly. We have 5 small children under 10 and really enjoy this hike.

4 months ago

we looked for an easy hike for my son and this fit the bill. however, the trail was very poorly marked and seemed to go to nowhere. too many people letting their dogs off leash, which i am not a fan of for multiple reasons. this was the disney version of a joshua tree hike. hard pass.

5 months ago

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6 months ago

Excellent place for boulder hopping

hiking
6 months ago

Fun little hike. I wouldn't recommend only doing the trail. Step off jump around and rock hop a little bit. It's such a great area to play freely and enjoy the massive beauty around you.

nature trips
6 months ago

Very nice and well marked trail. Many places to climb and take in the desert views which are just incredible.

7 months ago

This trail is easy, and after walking out to skull rock, I climbed around and explored all of the rocks behind it and around it for a few hours.

7 months ago

We saw a desert mouse and a family of quails on this trail! Lots of places to climb and veer off the path.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Very cute place to watch the sunset with your SO on top of the rocks. The trail was pretty but I wouldn't go on it again.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is an easy hike with a well marked trail. Takes you by a lot of the wildflowers that are blooming now. I'm not sure there was anything to cause me to want to do it again. You can park at skull rock and walk a short distance to see the same things and simply walk back the couple hundred feet.

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