Explore the most popular 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.



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Twentynine Palms, California Map

Great little walk. Truly an amazing little spot on the more desolate Colorado desert side of Joshua Tree. I wouldn’t say go out of your way but if you come in the cottonwood gate it’s worth the stop.

9 days ago

Awesome place to explore! There is even a fossil of a giant slug in one of the caves ;)

Hiked this trail in Dec 2017 with the hubs and Feb 2018 with our (grown) daughter. Loved it both times. The trail changes so much it's interesting to hike. I can see why there are warnings to not hike in summer and in heat. There is pretty much no breeze and were it not "cold" (i.e. 45-60 degrees) when we hiked, it would be dangerous. Worth it, but only in the winter.

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

I did this trail by mistake (credit to bad prep I guess). It can be hard to follow at the begining, but I think it got better as the trail went on. Not amazing so maybe do another one in the area.

Nice one, worth doing with the other small one around like discovery and skull rock, but it does get repetitive. Still, it gives a good feeling for what is around

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

17 days ago

I'd personnally include doing the whole loop towards split rock to get a good feel of the desert, see face rock (or something like that), but anyhow it's not great, just gives a good feeling of the area.

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

If you are driving by, it's worth stopping to look at these Cholla cactus. Really in general, I think Joshua Tree is a lot about admiring the beauty of desert vegetation, and this is very special.

The cactus is cute. It's suitable to take pictures here before sunset.

18 days ago

The sight is similar to some other trais in this park. Many rocks with various shapes.

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!

Great and easy hike.

lovely walk

Enjoyed the elevation changes, dramatic rock formations with interesting spaces between, and variations in the trail’s composition (loose rock, sand, hard rock, etc.)

Pleasant walk around the cacti, very short. It’s far from the Joshua Tree entrance on the west; if you’re entering from Cottonwood, it’s on the way and much closer.

Incredible and easy. Terrain changes from open and flat to Boulders and rock formations.

28 days ago

Beautiful and great as an intro to Joshua Tree hike.

Did the "figure of 8" track that included Jumbo and Skull rock as well. Parked at Split Rock. The trail is well marked throughout and in very good condition. It's a popular area of the Park, so a fair number of people around. Lots of bouldering throughout if you want. Very few "weak areas/dull areas" - the campground mostly. Little bit of sandy wash walking, but not a lot. Nothing steep or "ledgy". Very strong JT rock features. Also a little desert rolling hills landscape walking. Definitely one of the better JT walks. My definite cut off regarding desert hiking is around 90 degrees ambient temp, unless there's some noticeable wind.

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.

We went anti-clockwise on the north trail and came back through the centre along the maze loop trail. Lovely hike with great views. We did not see any other people the whole time. Lots of opportunities to scramble onto nearby mountains to get even greater views to the north. If you're looking for lots of Joshua Trees this isn't the greatest hike. Well marked trail, we had no issues at all. Wildflowers were just about to bloom...which was disappointing for us but exciting for the next few weeks!

scenic driving
1 month ago

The reliably paved drive through the park, you have to use to get anywhere, or can take simply to take in sights from a car. Most major paths are marked, with the exception of Cholla Cactus as you drive towards 29 Palms.

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