Skull Rock Nature Trail

EASY 138 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

20 days ago

Beautiful, easy hike. Just wish it was a bit more off the road. I always see chuckwallas and last time a 4 foot diamondback

hiking
21 days ago

Worth doing along with the other loop around there. Not great but it's giving you a good feel of this area, and it's fairly short

hiking
22 days ago

Honestly, I think the skull rock is the only interesting rock on this trail, but the only one worth five stars.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely more “touristy” due to the short length and ease of the hike, but still fun to see. Would recommend doing this either earlier or later in the day to beat or follow the crowds as there is sometimes some congestion around Skull Rock. Climbing on the surrounding rocks is fun and a good way to get away from some of the people in the trail.

2 months ago

This was probably my sons favorite trail as there were so many cool rock formations to climb. To get the full loop you hike into Jumbo Rocks campground and head toward the main road. You catch the last part of the loop on the opposite side of the road. Don’t miss this part of the loop! It’s super cool terrain!

hiking
2 months ago

So cool!! We had a great time walking along the trail and watching others climb the rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

You can see Skull Rock without doing the hike since it can be seen from the road (Park Blvd) and you can park on the side of the road and walk less than 50 ft to reach it. I used the All Trails app and did the loop hike which is 1.7 miles if you stay on the trail but it is hard to resist going off trail to explore the boulders and check out the views from the tops of the boulders you are comfortable climbing. Our hike ended up being about 2.1 miles RT. We then drove to the start of the Split Rock trail but that is so close that you could go do that loop without even driving since it is right next to Skull Rock.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

More of a view

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

6 months ago

it's nice, short and easy

7 months ago

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

8 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.

8 months ago

#tu

9 months ago

Excellent place for boulder hopping

hiking
9 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
10 months ago

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

10 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.

10 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.

11 months ago

hiking
11 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
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Took the dogs which you're not supposed to in some areas so that can be challenging. It's not so much a hike to skull rock just a walk but usually a lot of traffic for photo opps depending on when you go.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

simple hike right off the road that you can do quickly. It gets a bit confusing because part of the hike goes through the campgrounds and is not marked well.

great wildflowers in the spring.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We parked at the camp ground just south of the trail. Nice loop with lots of interpretive signs and great views of the jumbo rocks! Bring water! There are bathroom s but only near the campgrounds.

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