Explore the most popular rock climbing trails near Twentynine Palms 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 like bouldering and lots of people around check out this tail. The rock formations are beautiful, but challenging and abrasive to navigate. We didn't hike the whole loop, but spent about 30 minutes here before venturing on to Lost Horse Mine and Ryan Mtn trails.

This is truly a gorgeous area. We came here for sunset over Memorial Day weekend, not planning to walk this trail, but we hiked it in the dark and it was still awesome. This is a great spot to see the moon rise. I’ll have to come back in the daytime. :)

rock climbing
1 month ago

Lots of fun boulder problems and good rock. Very cool little area

This was a very fun, scenic trail. Many great views, rock climbing, and very active during the weekend.

I really enjoyed this trail. The dam was kind of shallow, but the view was nice, there was lots of scenic background and great spot for taking photos.

Beautiful, easy hike. Just wish it was a bit more off the road. I always see chuckwallas and last time a 4 foot diamondback

Cute small walk

That was well worth the small detour! After a full day of walking around and being fairly dirsty, the sight of the pond/lake is very special. Small walk worth doing

Worth doing along with the other loop around there. Not great but it's giving you a good feel of this area, and it's fairly short

hiking
2 months ago

Honestly, I think the skull rock is the only interesting rock on this trail, but the only one worth five stars.

The rocks on this trail are interesting. It took us less than one hour.

It's amazing that there is a lake in the heart of the desert.

quick and easy, beautiful vegetation to look at.

Stunning views, a bit crowded, but worth it.

Educational hike through a gorgeous area. Please note M-Th there may be a trail detour. Absolutely love the petroglyphs!

lovely walk

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and great as an intro to Joshua Tree hike.

Pretty crowded and feels a little artificial for my liking with the man made wall. The loop was under maintenance and so was a short in and back hike. We did however scramble up the hills behind the dam which was a lot of fun and made for some great afternoon views.

A loop in and around the exposed granite of Joshua Tree. Minimal scrambling, somewhat crowded.

hiking
3 months ago

A lake Oasis in the middle of the desert. Crazy, no? Definitely do this.

Easy. Not as great as Hidden Valley Trail. There weren't as many cool boulder structures to scramble on. And for awhile at the beginning you're kind of fenced into this narrow trail- and we were behind people slower than us. But, it was cool to see the dam at the end and the wildlife there. And everyone still enjoyed it. (Went with kids ages 12-6).

Easy. Fun for the kids ages 6-12. They loved scrambling up the boulders and the interesting scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Probably the best short trail I've ever encountered. Especially off-season when it offers both solitude and amazing views!

3 months ago

Really crowded and parking was tough. A nice hike and fun to see water.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and great for the kids.

Easy trail with a lot of loose sand. The trail was being worked in when we visited so it turned out to be a .8 mike in and out walk because half the loop was closed. The water in the lake was low, but still pretty once we got to the dam.

Nice, easy hike to a beautiful desert pond formed by a dam built many years ago.

Great easy hike/walk to end the day in Joshua Tree National Park. The sun was going down when we got here and the rocks and pond looked really beautiful. Definitely doable for families, and is one of the more popular trails that we encountered so there will be plenty of people there but it didn’t feel overcrowded.

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