Looking for a great trail near Joshua Tree, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Joshua Tree National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Joshua Tree ranging from 4.2 to 17.9 miles and from 3,959 to 5,813 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
no shade
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

nice trail in middle of Joshua's trees and rocks. climbers will be happy! lots of animals too: birds, squirrels, rabbit (if you go a bit out of track and don't make noise) nice rocks to stop for lunch in Willow hole. very quiet, no sounds. path with sand in the end. be careful of spiky cactus! (everywhere)

bird watching
10 days ago

Lovely trail for a winter hike. Took about 3 hours total, the last mile or so is a Sandy wash but nothing too bad! enjoyed the large Joshua trees in the beginning and the desert riparian vegetation at the end! Saw some good birds too.

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

This is a pretty dull trail. 16 or so miles round trip and pretty much the same scenery throughout. There’s plenty of Joshua Trees to snap pictures of but that’s all you’ll see here. There is no end of hike reward. I’d stop and maybe hike a mile in and out and be done with this trail.

hiking
no shade
16 days ago

Did a one night shakedown Nov 22, 2019. Started at south terminus shortly after noon. First few miles very flat, very clearly marked sandy trail. Passed several marked side trails for bouldering. Followed a sandy wash 500 ft off trail to the west side of the trailq (park rules). Forecast was clear, 62/40F; actual nighttime temp dipped to 26F with frost everywhere. No bugs, no critters. Couple old coyote scat. Backcountry board registry; free. No dogs. No water (all sources in park protected). No shade.

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no shade
rocky
16 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail. It's easy, very flat, well marked, with lovely scenery. The destination is really no big deal, but the trip there is totally worth it. There's lots of Joshua trees in the beginning, then you get into an area with more rock formations. The last 0.6 miles has deeper sand, but it's mixed with some gravel so it's not too bad to walk through. I did this on Tuesday, November 19th and it wasn't crowded at all. Nice, peaceful hike. I'd certainly do it again.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Quail Springs to West Entrance is a car shuttle hike. For out and back Quail Springs to Lang Mine at 4800’ is approximately 6 hours. This is wilderness off trail. Bring.., a sense of humour, gear for emergency overnight, boots and long pants, even gators for thorn protection. Shorts at your peril. Route marked will take u to old cabin site ( metal stakes & hundred or so rusty cans ) Next 2 miles progressively steeper & route finding a challenge. Easier ascending in or near wash as black hashed line from topo map over difficult terrain. Mine has secured entrance and you’ve earned awesome views for your efforts. Mobile signal intermittent at best, it is real backcountry and today no other hikers on any portion of the route.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Really fun and scenic hike. The trail gets sandy in spots and you walk in a wash most of the last mile or so. This was one of my favorite hikes in the park.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Well marked, moderate terrain trail. Sand softened as you progressed toward end point. Great landscape photo opportunities. This trail is about the journey.. not the end. There was only one spot to get shade from a large rock. Otherwise you are in the sun.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

The trail is gorgeous. It showcases some of the most diverse structures from open fields of Joshua trees to long-gone beach-like waterfalls to rocky, mountainous beauty. There is no shade, so appropriate wear is required. Water and snacks are necessary as well. This 8 mile trail starts off smooth and easy, but there are plenty of hills that tire oneself. 3 liters of water minimum, 6 recommended especially in the summer. Don’t dehydrate (like I did with only 1 liter of water)!

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

A fine hike. Demanding only in the middle section. Great views and many plants. Something for everyone. I'm from the bottom up. Was more interesting to me.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Fun out and back. Very flat. Go early to avoid direct sun.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

We all loved this hike! Great scenery, amazing rocks, Joshua Trees, wildflowers, fairly easy trail but last mile or so is really sandy and it ends up in your shoes, we found a lovely shady spot for lunch. Thankful for the breeze as it was quite warm and sunny. So glad we picked this hike!

Simple easy walk for a sunset...

hiking
7 months ago

Spectacular! This trail was all about the mountains and boulders. Also, everything was in bloom! When we reached the Willow Hole, the huge willows were in bloom, and covered with bees. Not a challenging hike, but so worth it!!

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate mileage and altitude based on GPS. 16.1 mi. 1,657’ altitude gain. Parking available at Trailhead. Started around 10:am on 10 March 2019 Sunday. Recommend leaving earlier. Great overcast weather for long hike. Trail in great condition. Gorgeous hike. Went from desert to high plateau filled with Joshua Trees surrounded by mountains- felt like in caldera. Took 3 liters of water, snacks and lunch Definitely recommend hike.

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