Split Rock Loop Trail

EASY 53 reviews
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Split Rock Loop Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Nice short hiking trail in Joshua Tree National Park that makes a great loop. Turn off Park Blvd into the Split Rock day use area. Take the loop either way. Nice rock formations, wildlife, and desert landscapes. Make sure to take the extra side trip to see Face Rock. Bring water and this will be a nice hike.

hiking
17 days ago

We did this with a 5 and 10 yr old kid as well as a senior. Very manageable hike with modest elevation change. Lots of opportunities for kids to climb up the rocks along the hike. It’s clearly marked. We added on a quick walk to face rock and it was a bit over 2 mi in total.

hiking
21 days ago

24 days ago

Really cool trail and fairly quiet

walking
1 month ago

While a short trail, it took us double what it should because we were just stunned by the beauty. Incredible formations!! Went in November, so vegetation dormant - boulders that much more stunning. Highly recommend. Bring water, lots of blazing sun even in winter, makes the shaded spots extra rewarding.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome morning hiking trail before having to work. Enjoyable for all skill levels great photo ops all along the trail. Lots of little critters scattering around. I spent a few minutes watching a jack rabbit which was cool. Not only are all the rocks amazing the vegetation is pretty cool to study.

Sun is intense even in the am. Remember to bring water. Even if you think it's only a couple miles. There are so many opportunities to get off trail and confused. You will want water.

8 months ago

Beautiful structures.

hiking
8 months ago

Great loop hike with lots of opportunities for off trail exploration!

10 months ago

Trail is not properly marked.

11 months ago

Very nice easy trail with some beautiful views

walking
11 months ago

This is another great nature walk in Joshua Tree Park. Great views of geological features, especially the ‘dikes’ of different colored rocks, formed when hot lava is forcefully injected into cracks in older rocks, that make the rocks look as though they are wearing necklaces.

Though short and easy, this is one of the most vibrant trails in the park. Great views. Lots of plants. Two small slot canyons. And make sure to do the sidebar walk to ‘Face Rock.’ Facing the rock, it doesn’t look much like a face, but once you pass it and look back on it, it is the perfect profile of a human face.

I would give this four stars but it’s just too short. I wanted more.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Cool rock forms

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

This is a great trail that isn't on the park map (that I can remember). It shows as a picnic area. The trail meanders past some killer rock formations that have all sorts of character. It appears that there are "faces" and animals all over the place in these rock formations. I only picked up one piece of trash on the trail. Very clean, and a very cool hike!

hiking
Saturday, February 08, 2014

Beautiful 2.2 mile hike in Joshua Tree National Park. Trail is easy and runs thru, open desert, beautiful rock formations and under some nicely shaded pines. There are tons of birds and lizards. Take the side trail to Face Rock, it's only about .2 miles off the main trail and it is totally worth the extra few minutes. Took my 8yr old son and he had a wonderful time.

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