Wonderland Of Rocks Traverse is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length5.5 miElevation gain147 ftRoute typePoint to point
HikingRunningViewsWildflowersRockyScrambleNo shadeFeeNo dogs
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Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check with the park website for current rates. Start at the Boy Scout Trailhead, hike to Willow Hole, scramble through the Wonderland Of Rocks, thru Rattlesnake Canyon, and end at Indian Cove Campground. Wonderland Of Rocks has some of the best scrambling in the country.

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Megan Kostecka
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A true pleasure. The beginning of the trail is out in the Joshua tree forest, exposed and not too thrilling but once amongst the boulders and rock formations it feels like a movie set. The scrambling was a blast as well. We did it out and back and we’re absolutely wiped by the end. One of my all time favorite hikes.

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Jeffrey Gomez
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Jenny Brook
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Brenda Briones
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Well marked trail.. no dogs allowed

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Zachary Hooker
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Kat Howell
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It’s hard but super fun! Not for beginners or kids. Advanced hikers only. Be prepared to scramble and Boulder the last 2 hours. You must be prepared and up for an adventure. Make sure to download the map and use lifeline. Amazing day!

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Annie Kitchen
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Incredible trail with stunning views and plenty of opportunities to choose your own adventure and play around on boulders.

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Cesar Barragan
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patrick holthof
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Remanence of an ancient river the hike winds left and right through canyons. Unique landscape in the park. Bring a map with GPS and plenty of water if attempting in the summer. Fairly easy to track where the river once ran but can see how it might be easy to get lost.

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Leonardo Mattiazzi
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We started on the Rattlesnake Canyon Trailhead, and didn’t have enough time to go deep. It’s fun, absolutely nobody on the trail, and a very different landscape, compared to other trails on the park. You need to be prepared to go up rocks and find your own way - the trail is not exactly a trail, take it more as a direction. The elevation shown on AllTrails is misleading, we definitely went up more (need to check the recording). The off trail point you see on the recording is a nice view of The Valley. The rocks here are different from other places in Joshua Tree, I’m no geologist but my assumption is that there s a lot of granite. The water makes it smooth and there are lots of potholes full of water. You can see lots of animal scat and we even spotted a bighorn sheep!

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Kevin B
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I started at the north end, went to the willow area (2.2 miles or so each way) then turned around. This was pretty challenging and the miles were slow due to all the rock hopping/climbing, route finding, etc. Took 3.5 hours just for 4.4 miles! I also dropped my phone in a pothole of water but luckily was able to fish it out. It's in rice now and works but can't charge it until I get the moisture out. Be sure to wear long sleeves and pants as inevitably you'll get scratched up by rocks.

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Szymon Leja
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great. I didn't rear that it's point to point so had to turn around towards the end. bouldering is fun, don't go where you think the trail leads. follow all trails. beautiful scenery.

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Alex Rabinowitz
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First 2 miles was such a flat trail, then for a mile an a half it was sandy. Then it turned into pretty crazy bouldering and was hard to keep to the path. Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish Bc the sun set

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Tyler Chapleau
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This was the hardest hike I’ve ever done. U should b prepared with ropes, climbing helmets, flashlights, and minimal baggage. Be prepared. Please do at the beginning of the day so u don’t get caught out at night.

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Sam Pierangelo
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Slow and sandy to start. Fun when you get to the rocks.

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Michael Evans
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Nice trail. Intended to complete whole thing as an out and back, but yikes. That’s wasn’t within my capabilities. Section following Willow Hole ain’t to be triffled with. Low traffic this Monday, plenty of quiet, nice views.

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Grace de Lara
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Beautiful boulder scramble through Joshua tree! Lots of fun making our way through the boulders— lots of creative stem problems and down climbs. Really unique looking rock towards the end, happy to tick this off the list.

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Paul Herr
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Way more than I expected. Most stunning scenery in the park in my opinion. It was heaven for a geologist! Many of the giant boulders in Rattlesnake Gulch are monzogranite pegmatite with 1-2 inch K-feldspar phenocrysts. The boulders have been carved and smoothed by raging flash-floods and potholes are common. It was like Disneyland scrambling over, around and through the boulders in the wash. Easy access if you park at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead at the far end of Indian Cove Road East. Remember to download the trail map on Alltrails, because there is no cell reception in Rattlesnake Gulch. ENJOY!

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Daniel Brooks Lichterman
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Madeline Rouse
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Bryan Ferguson
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We had a lot of fun scrambling over, under and around beautiful rock formations. We wore down our gloves and pants sliding down rocks.

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Ryan Keesling
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wide and smooth. only saw a couple people. deep lush washes, a kingdom of joshua trees and rock creatures.

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Kristi Hill
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Nick Harner
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Akiko Clark
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