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trail running
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

I put most of Big Pine together with North View and Maze for a good walk. I was glad to get out of the sandy areas, loved climbing around in the rocks (didn't know that the trail ended where it did so just kept crawling down...). Nothing too difficult.

hiking
4 months ago

The first part of this trail was basically the same as the fist half of the Boyscout trail. Mostly desert. A little over half way in, you start seeing more green and trees due to the extra moisture in the area. It really begins to look like an oasis. Unfortunately, from this point onward you are hiking in a wide wash with super deep sand. Not fun with a full backpack and several gallons of water. The end of the trail has a couple of water pools that may either be, or appear to be just mud. But right before you get there, you pass under a few willow trees which are probably the best part of the whole trail. Absolutely beautiful place to stop and have lunch in the cool shade of the rustling willows (if you don't mind sharing the spot with a few passers by since this trail is fairly busy).

You can hike beyond the springs and into rattlesnake canyon if you don't mind scrambling some boulders. If you go far to the left immediately after entering rattlesnake canyon, you'll see the deepest spring, and the one most likely to have actual water in it (looked to be several feet deep when I visited). Beyond that the canyon continues dropping. Very scenic with lots of cactus.

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked quite a number of trails in Joshua Tree last week and this was our favorite. The East end of the trail intersects the Boy Scout Trail at near the half-way point on the Boy Scout Trail. Probably because of this, the trail appears to be very lightly used. Several short loop trails are available off the Big Pine Trail at around the mid-way point.

The trail starts off (on the East end) following a wash with very steep rock walls on either side for about a half mile, then it opens up. At this point, there is a fantastic spot for secluded and hidden back-country camping if you scramble the low ridge to your right into a small valley.

From here the trail becomes very beautiful, moving between several different mini valleys, each with their own scenery to offer. About 2 miles up the trail, there is a Y and a sign that points to "Big Pine Spur" to the right. About another half mile gets you to the dead pine tree. You can continue down the wash and scramble some boulders for a view of the town of Joshua Tree. This spur trail is somewhat hard to follow but you can very quickly see the gap where the pine tree is located so just go in that general direction.

We saw probably 15 people on the Boyscout Trail but not a single person on the Big Pine trail. We didn't explore the section that goes East from the spur junction so can't comment on that.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

first half was gorgeous but the second half through the sand wash was really unpleasant..
The mud pit at the end did not reward the hard work.. just not worth going further once u hit the sand

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

A long walk to heaven