Teutonia Peak Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cima, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain659 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Teutonia Peak is one of the few signed and maintained hiking trails in the park. The actual peak is a bunch of boulders, and involves scrambling, so this route stops a bit short. The trails goes between two rows of boulders and offers good views in different places of all around. Teutonia Mines don't have many artifacts, but it is worth walking around the desert to see the sealed up mine entrances and few artifacts still left. Across the street from the parking area is an old veterans cross that is worth walking to just to see all the rocks and granite in the area.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Baker: Drive northward on Inter state 15 26.2 miles to the exit for Cima Road. Turn right (east) and drive 11.5 miles to the trailhead, which lies on the right side of the road.

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Joe Zlotkowski
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HikingGreat!

The weather was cool in the morning when we started and only started to get warm as we finished and returned to the car. The trail is well marked. Be sure to look for the kairns. The trail was easy until we started the climb. The climb to the saddle was good. The only challenge were parts of the climb to the peak. There were some steep spots and places needing extra care. The biggest challenge for me was coming down from the peak. It required special care to look and place my feet. Overall it was great. The views were outstanding. It was disappointing to see so much fire damage.

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Julia H
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Hiking

This was a cool trial with good views of Mojave, but not my favorite in the area. Almost all of the Joshua trees on the way in were burned last Summer and it was pretty sad to see. The trail was decently marked/ maintained some points got us a little mixed up but we always made it back on track. If you have extra time this trail is worth it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to do it again

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Kenzi Stemp
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Quiet on the way out, windy. Real summit was probs 5th class, didnt do it. Burned J trees really stark, sad...

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Amber Stout-Yerby
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samsa777 .
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Hike through the Joshua Trees that sadly got burned during the Cima Dome Fire, on up to the peak.

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Ugo Nwagbala
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Ugo Nwagbala
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Paul Miller
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WalkingGreat!

Great views, easy hike, lot of cool trees and plants to look at on the way (prefire)

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Lily Henderson
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This is my favorite hike of 2021 so far (hiked on 1/2, writing this on 2/13). Do NOT let the burnt Joshua trees make you think this hike is not worth doing, because it is OTHERWORLDLY! Really feels like you are walking on another planet. Haunting, beautiful, stark, and humbling. Lots of thoughts running through my mind about humanity’s destruction of nature and these old old trees. Very cool experience, I didn’t do this trail before the Dome fire but I might even dare to say it’s better now albeit in a different way. We went left once we got up the hill. Fairly easy trail to follow, you won’t get lost. Hardly a soul in sight during most of the trail. We caught sunset at the top and man that was something else. Highly recommend hiking it at sunrise or sunset if you can time it right. The Cima Dome really does make you feel like you’re on an extremely small alien planet. The curve of the dome is bonkers. We really loved the Mojave National Preserve. If you’re there, this hike is a must do.

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Britne Jenke
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Toni R
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Fun hike. Great views and to walk through the burn area was awe inspiring

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Jessi Garcia
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nice hike

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Agi Steckler
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H Andress
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HikingNo shade

This was probably breathtaking in its full glory. It is now almost entirely burnt out, with only fairly small pockets of untouched area seen from the trail. Still an interesting and lovely trail. Easy climb and nice views from the top. The top of the ridge is practically a moonscape and the view goes for miles.

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Cody Cohutta
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Beautiful flat sandy approach through tons of Joshua trees, then an easy climb to the top of the hill for spectacular 360 views of the desert. Plenty of opportunity to explore the peak area. Saw three ppl (two groups) on a Friday midday. I hiked from the Mojave Cross almost across the street for a little extra walk.

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Kristin D
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Fun rock scrambling. Their is evidence of the Dome fire but still an amazing hike.

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Jennifer Montano
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Mostly everything is burnt but great views

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Jack Bassett
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This trail has been destroyed by the Dome Fire. It is open now as of September, but the overwhelming majority of this trail is burned. This trail passes through part of the Cima Dome, which featured the densest and largest Joshua tree grove and incredible biodiversity. This grove was created under extraordinary natural circumstances that are extremely unlikely to replicate themselves. The area is now a burn-scarred Joshua tree graveyard. 80-85% of these Joshua trees that were burned will not come back, and invasive grasses like red brome will populate where natural blackbrush used to be. It was arguably the best day hike in the Preserve, and one of the best desert day hikes in all of California. Walking through it was like walking through a botanical garden created by nature herself.

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Dante Myers
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful, totally worth it. Late July hike started around 3 nice and flat near the beginning gets somewhat steep near about a mile in and climb all elevation in the back end. Go to the peak it’s worth the view! Be careful of the heat drank about 40oz each and ran out of water otw down.

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Belinda Rawlinson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Pretty easy to follow and kid friendly. We started about 6am this morning (end of June) and it was windy today,it made for perfect weather . It’s worth it to go all the way to the end.

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Cindy Magnussen
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Nice hike. There are a lot of cacti right on the edge of the trail. Great view from the top. The trail starts off mostly sandy and finishes with a little light scrambling. Huge Joshua trees.

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Jo Narvaez-Grey
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Kate Ramsey
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A Mojave must! Came here on an unusually cool weekend in June 2020 and were the only ones on the trail. Excellent hike. Path takes you through a dense Joshua Tree forest with a variety of cacti and plants scattered throughout. Trail leading to the peak has a gradual incline with only a few large steps. Great view at the top of the Joshua Trees, rock formations, and park. Would recommend wearing shoes with traction as a lot of the trail is loose gravel and can be slippery.

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Brian Newman
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A fan of Joshua trees and this is the most densely populated Joshua tree forest on the planet (even more than Joshua Tree National Park) Where you park you’ll see so many trees but what you won’t see are the distance bolder playgrounds that is only a 15 minute walk. Have fun like you’re a little kid

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Charlotte van der Nagel
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Absolutely loved this hike, beautiful scenery, took so many pictures. It's perfect for a short moderate hike.

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Rick Holmes
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The alltrails map took me to an intermediate rock outcropping nowhere near the summit. I noticed the trail and took it to the true summit.

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