Willow Hole Trail is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Joshua Tree, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

snow

no dogs

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no shade
7 days ago

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muddy
scramble
2 months ago

What a great surprise to find water moving through the area near the end. The hike is easy to anyone in good shape. Most of it is flat but you can explore and scramble if you like. There are dozens of areas off trail to explore. There are many creatures along the way including ground squirrels, rabbits, lizards, birds, and believe or not found red spotted toads in the ponds.

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike to such a secluded spot. The second half can get tricky so check out the guide and video on HikingGuy com.

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no shade
3 months ago

A straight easy walk but walking in sand makes it a little more challenging. No shade at all. Completed in 2 hours. Would rate this as an easy walk.

hiking
3 months ago

Took Boy Scout trail to Willow Hole - there and back. We pulled into the trailhead parking lot at 7:45 am on a long weekend Sunday. As it was, we got the last spot available. Most of the cars were probably for overnight renters as the trail was fairly quiet. This is a very leisurely walk - not strenuous at all - but very beautiful in the early morning light. Plenty of dramatic terrain and vegetation to see. We even saw a family of Bighorn Sheep (with a baby!) traipsing through the rocks. The trail ends abruptly at a rock formation. We climbed it and had a great snack and water break while surveying our surroundings. The walk back was quite fast and progressively busier as the day approached noon time. Will plan to hike the entire Boy Scout Trail next time as that is our usual length. (I give it 4 stars, my husband gives it 5).

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice simple trail! The scenery was fantastic and there was nothing effecting the trail. The trail is nice and wide. It dead ends like in the route but you can walk around and explore.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Spectacular rocks and vegetation. Even on a beautiful Sunday it was only lightly used.

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no shade
4 months ago

Great trail with great views! Overall, a flat trail with great views of the rocks!

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icy
4 months ago

Would recommend this trail but wouldn’t mark it as difficult. It’s longer yes but it’s straight. Had a lot of detours to check out the snow.

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icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

More of a nature walk than a hike because it’s so flat! Regardless, there’s no shortage of great views, and we really enjoyed seeing all the flora and fauna (we saw a raven eat what looked like a desert wood rat, which was pretty interesting). We couldn’t do the last half mile or so today because of all the melting snow creating a makeshift river, but it was nice to climb up on the boulders at the end and watch all the water rush by. Pro tip: Bring binoculars if you want a closer look at people climbing the huge rock formations. Fun!

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muddy
no shade
snow
washed out
4 months ago

I would correct this to 7.4. Its been 7.4 everytime I have done it. I think they start the log once you are into the BOYSCOUT hike about a 1/2 mile. From the Parking lot it is 7.4 (not a big deal.. but for accuracy sake). It was a GREAT HIKE today 01/03/2020 - PERFECT weather. This hike is good because it is FLAT... however it is a decent distance for a day hike (short enough that you can hike a few hikes in one day, and long enough that it is worth it). Today... high 50s weather... and the trail.. about 2/3 of the way in.. became a river (ok..., a creek). There was literally no way to avoid hiking in the water...so that added to the adventure. THere were little ponds that were frozen over... and along sides of the trail(creek), were moats that parallelled the rocks in many places. An outstanding hike today. Lots of snow still on the rocks and in areas of more shade, yet warm enough to hike without a jacket. Highly recommend. A perfect hike for us today.

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flooded
muddy
no shade
scramble
snow
4 months ago

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snow
4 months ago

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fee
icy
no shade
snow
4 months ago

Flat trail. We hiked this a couple days after a big storm and were grateful to the hikers who stomped out the trail in the snow. It was icy until the wash and soggy to borderline impassable at the end of the wash. We didn't make it quite to the end because of a few submerged boots in icy water. (Hooray for spare socks!) The views are great - seemingly endless expanses of Joshua trees and iconic rock formations.

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icy
snow
5 months ago

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