Looking for a great trail near Twentynine Palms, California? AllTrails has 71 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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 37 moderate trails in Twentynine Palms ranging from 0.8 to 24.3 miles and from 1,476 to 5,669 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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North View trail had great views and lots of interesting rocks and terrain. Maze Loop portion was not that exciting. Not sure why they call it the Maze. Trail was easy to follow.

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

on Berdoo Canyon

ohv/off road driving
10 days ago

Stock Wrangler sport did fine heading south, despite a bit of scraping in the rocky narrow bit. Everything else was easy, though as noted below be careful as the washed out Dillon road emerges, it ends abruptly which could wipe the smile off someone’s face who is not paying attention.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Nice hike.

No water in the dam

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Definitely a “hard” trail with a long vertical ascent requiring bouldering over large obstacles. The peak has great views. The way down also requires constant re-routing to find the best route. Easy to get off the unmarked trail, bring a map. 4 hours in total for us moving at a slow to moderate pace. Second time on this trail and haven’t seen anyone else on the trail.

off trail
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

This trail is well maintained and fairly easy, even for a 63 yr old klutz like me. Really pretty scenery, including spectacular vistas, unique cacti, and awesome rock formations.

hiking
off trail
rocky
12 days ago

Completed this trail Thanksgiving morning in a stock 2016 4Runner limited. No problem navigating this trail but as an inexperienced off-roader there were two spots that got my heart thumping and one spot I had to get out and arrange some boulders to keep my truck from scraping. My biggest fear was risk of flash floods as you drive through the canyon and navigate the wash. Fun times!

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Fun trail with some stairs ascending up the mountain. After getting to the top, it was mainly downhill until the Oasis. We loved seeing all the palm trees after all the rocks. When we did this hike during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, it was extremely windy. The trail was moderately busy. We saw quite a few dogs on this hike even though it says dogs are not allowed.

hiking
12 days ago

Trail views were great, the trail itself was certainly easier than I expected for a moderate trail though. Easy and fun to explore off trail. The wind was very chilly!

ohv/off road driving
12 days ago

Fun, easy trail with 1 rocky pass. Good trip in and out of Joshua Tree

Superb walk with two children aged 5 and 10 at the end of November. The scenery is amazing and the rocks easy to climb a little paradise for the whole family. Nice pictures near the dead tree. A lot of people, however, which takes a little away from the magic of the place.

Nice trail, and introduction to the varied landscapes of Joshua Tree.

Great introduction to what Joshua Tree has to offer. Beautiful little hike exploring rock formations and plant life.

hiking
scramble
14 days ago

One of our favorite places to climb and explore around Joshua Tree. Cool rock formations, and plenty of room for exploring (plus, not as crowded as some locations at the park).

hiking
scramble
14 days ago

Lots of boulders for climbing and exploring. Great stop in Joshua Tree NP.

Nice views of boulder formations, but the trail is not clearly marked.

Great hike. Just the right amount of challenge for our kids (5, 7, 9, 11). The oasis at the end was the perfect reward for the hike (plus a granola bar for the kids).

ohv/off road driving
15 days ago

We went from Joshua Tree NP out to Hwy 62 on 11/26/19. The desert road is very rough as far as washboards. Hard to go faster than 10 Mph without beating up my 2011 Rubicon and rattling everything loose. As far as the 4WD sections go, the mountain pass definitely had some spots that would have been challenging for anything other than a lifted jeep. Overall, I gave it a 3 because of the rough roads and lack of signs to easily navigate my way back to Hwy 62. But I would do it again.

Decently strenuous climb, but only a mile and a half up to the peak. So it’s still something that can be fit in among other activities for the day (I.e., still leaves plenty of time to do other things in the park). Nice views along the way of the surrounding park.

ohv/off road driving
16 days ago

Lots of fun on the trail! The first half was on dirt/sand and very easy. Then it got a little technical with rocks and 2 or 3 tight spots - I aired down for this to about 18psi Technical area was lots of fun and challenging for beginners like myself. The group enjoyed this trail and I would do it again!

Nice hike and nice challenge for this 60+ year old couple. Bring water, snack bars and hiking poles for older people. The trail was well worn and had steps in the steep areas, but some of the steps were quite deep. We went during Thanksgiving week and the trail was very crowded, with a steady stream of people. The oasis itself was nice, but so crowded we could not squeeze onto the rocks for some good pictures. Plus, the “Environmentally Sensitive Area” signs prevents hikers from actually going down to the oasis itself. Some younger hikers did not respect the area and we had to stop them from throwing rocks at the Spinney Red Barrel Cactus. They ran directly to mom, who at least backed us up. Nice hike for maybe a less popular week.

This is a beautiful hike that will take you through some of the lesser seen parts of the park once you get away from the the trailhead area. I agree with others about doing this hike clockwise, unless you want a challenge with a very steep and rocky ascent. On the flip side, the hike down is a bit treacherous and I would recommend sturdy boots and poles; the gravel can slide out from under your feet and you'll end up with a face full of cactus. Definitely make sure your phone is charged because you'll need GPS for the two sections that deviate from established trails. It's easy to get turned around and I found myself backtracking a few times. The ridges were very windy and dusty but the day I hiked there was a windstorm, so probably not an issue on most days.

Honestly you cannot find or stay on the trail because is so poorly marked! Towards the end of the hike there were 20 people lost & trying to use game trails to find the legit trail

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