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Lots of green plants and plenty of animal life; we saw so many lizards and butterflies along the way. The water is beautiful & there is not much trash along the trail. Bonus points for having clean outhouses at the trailhead. The ancient art work is amazing ! There's also a mini slot canyon leading up to the end of the trail, with a small pool & waterfall waiting.

Beautiful scenery. Lots of wild flowers, clear water stream. Just disappointed we didn't find the waterfalls. But overall it was fun.

We had a fantastic time on this trail!! Couldn't have chosen a better one to get a real feel for the area. Not to mention the HUNDREDS of ancient Native petroglyphs!! They're right at the beginning of the hike near the creek so you don't have to exhaust yourself to see them. You can walk right up to them! The vibe you get from that beautiful, sacred area is unreal.
We wanted a shorter, harder hike so we opted to stray from the trail and climb a nearby peak. The terrain off the trail is quite difficult but it was awesome for us since we love scrambling! Wish we could come back to hike to the end of the trail and see the spring! Next time. :)
Tips:
Bring lots of water!!! It's hot!
Wear thick boots and long pants if you can. There's lots of pokey plants and loose gravel. Nothing you can't avoid if you're careful though. I wore shorts and left with barely a scrape!

It is more like rock climbing. Not hiking

Had a great walk !! Gotta go see 1000 year old Indian drawings.

The directions will take you about a half mile passed the turnoff to the trail head, although it was pretty easy to figure out that we needed to turn around and take the CHRISTMAS TREE PASS EXIT, from there follow the signs about two miles to a parking area.
We went New Years Eve 2016 and there were a lot of people on the trail, and despite this the back half of the trail was much less trafficked and pretty over grown with thorny bushes. Our clothes got a little snagged.
There are a lot of different little ways to use the trail depending on how difficult you want to make it. I would not suggest this trail to anyone who isn't comfortable climbing big slippery rocks or hiking up steep hills. We brought our husky/shepherd dog and she did really well jumping up and over 5+ foot rocks, but I definitely would not call this trail dog or kid friendly.
Over all though it was a really good hike and we got some incredible views.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing Magical Place!
lots of rock climbing, good grip boots recommended. Many nice big reptiles along the way great for kids who enjoy climbing and exploring (bit dangerous for beginners). Trail is not well maintained and could be difficult to figure out the way. Sacred paintings are beautiful and there's something magical and spiritually in that mountain (personal experience). Good family adventure and overall an amazing place to explore!!

Hike at your own risk. The trail is not well maintained. Vines and bushes are growing out of control. Therefore, it blocked the path over boulders. View is awesome though. Bring a truck ,
Bumpy road for smaller cars.

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It was 114 degrees outside and I can't think of a better way to spend our 1 year wedding anniversary! Hiking this trail was fantastic!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Petroglyphs were amazing find, the trail is not well defined and no information of how far is the waterfall. It is a good hike to explorer, just have plenty of time.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Beautiful place to hike and enjoy nature. Dec 1 2015 the weather was perfect.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Great short hike! Lots of petroglyphs! Mind the tarantulas and commune with the ancients!!

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

This hike was Great! Made it to the Waterfall but next time we'll have to time it right when it rains to hike up there.

off road driving
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

4 day trip, 146 miles of awesome! 1 moderate descent, muddy dry lake bed, 2 4ft water crossings, and endless fun. Had a 14 gal spare gas tank, others made it by with 10 gal.

off road driving
Friday, April 03, 2015

We spent the night at a Hotel in Laughlin and the hot shower sure felt good. I didn't take as many pictures as I should have but it took all of my concentration to make it through the 40 miles of deep sand.

On the return trip, we took a different route out of Laughlin and I drove the gas truck the whole way back. I got stuck near Geoff as a train had broken down and was blocking the road so I had to drive 10 miles to a place where I could go under the tracks and just barely cleared. As a result of the train blocking the road, I was an hour late to the gas stop and you do not get cell phone reception on the Mojave Road.

By the time the day was over and I finally got home, I think I had driven my truck over 600 miles the final day. That wore me out more than riding my bike the day before.

This is a fun ride, but it is more fun if you can have a designated gas truck driver so you don't have to trade off. Never do this ride alone because if you have a problem, it could be a very long time before someone would find you. I would say that the minimum number of riders should be at least four to be on the safe side and more is even better.

If your group is over a certain number, you have to get a permit from the Mojave National Preserve Ranger. This ride is best done in the winter because it can get well over 110 or higher in the summer.