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Gems in Deserts - 23

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gem Favorite Curved space, if not time, exists at Mesquite Sand Dunes.

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

(43) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.

Zabriske Point

(35) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

(30) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Eastside or backside of Baker Dam facing N. Nice reflections in the water. Lots of people taking photos of each other.

Barker Dam

(31) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Droves of cholla are highlighted by the setting sun at Cholla Cactus Garden. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.

Cholla Cactus Garden

(36) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.

Ryan Mountain

(18) Twentyn…, CA

Recommended Routes in Deserts - 41

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Favorite A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.
Easy/Intermediate

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

1.0 mi 1.7 km 112' Up 34.11 m Up 111' Down 33.97 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ryan Mountain Trail

2.9 mi 4.7 km 1,029' Up 313.74 m Up 1,028' Down 313.4 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Palm Springs under a firey sunrise.
Very Difficult

Cactus to Clouds: Palm Springs - Mt. San Jacinto

14.4 mi 23.3 km 10,444' Up 3183.21 m Up 172' Down 52.29 m Down

Palm Sp…, CA
Favorite Eastside or backside of Baker Dam facing N. Nice reflections in the water. Lots of people taking photos of each other.
Easy/Intermediate

Barker Dam Nature Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 49' Up 14.81 m Up 48' Down 14.77 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Although the surroundings are pretty barren, there is still some plant life in the wide wash of the Painted Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ladder Canyon Hike

4.5 mi 7.2 km 863' Up 262.94 m Up 866' Down 263.88 m Down

Mecca, CA
Favorite Badwater Basin
Easy/Intermediate

Badwater Basin Crossing

6.5 mi 10.4 km 25' Up 7.58 m Up 12' Down 3.63 m Down

Badwater, CA
Favorite Lost palms are not lost any more. We have found them!
Intermediate/Difficult

Lost Palms Oasis

7.3 mi 11.8 km 1,012' Up 308.33 m Up 1,011' Down 308.17 m Down

Indio, CA
Favorite Darwin Falls cascades peacefully down the rocks into a pool below.
Intermediate

Darwin Falls

2.1 mi 3.4 km 425' Up 129.44 m Up 425' Down 129.39 m Down

Searles…, CA
Favorite Dodge the Joshua Trees.
Intermediate

Lost Horse Mine Loop

6.4 mi 10.4 km 664' Up 202.44 m Up 679' Down 206.96 m Down

Twentyn…, CA

Deserts Hiking

  • 1,338 Miles 2,153 Kilometers of Trail
  • 44 Recommended Routes
  • 23 Gems Gems
  • 83 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 142 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 30 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Deserts - 211

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2.8 mi 4.5 km #1Golden Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
Badwater, CA 22 
37.6 mi 60.5 km #2California Riding and Hiking Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
4.5 mi 7.3 km #3South Lykken Trail
Difficult
Palm Springs, CA
Difficult
Palm Springs, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #4Ladder Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mecca, CA
Intermediate
Mecca, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #5Boy Scout Trail
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA 11 
0.8 mi 1.2 km #6Antelope Trail South Loop
Easy
Green Valley, CA
Easy
Green Valley, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km #7Fern Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
0.8 mi 1.3 km #8Hagen Canyon
Easy
California City, CA
Easy
California City, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #9Poppy Trail Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #10Johnny Lang Connector
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA

Photos of Deserts - 814

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Milky Way over Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.
Jan 27, 2016 near Badwater, CA
The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Feb 23, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
hikers
Oct 12, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Hikers on Golden Canyon Trail
Oct 11, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park.
Apr 2, 2020 near Twentyn…, CA
Badwater Basin
Mar 31, 2020 near Badwater, CA