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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

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

Zabriskie Point

(46) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

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

Cholla Cactus Garden

(45) Twentyn…, 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

(34) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Milky Way over Arch Rock

Arch Rock

(25) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Artist's Palette.

Artist's Palette

(39) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Dante's View. Death Valley National Park.

Dante's View

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

Ryan Mountain

(21) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park.

Keys View

(26) Sky Valley, CA
gem Favorite Skull Rock peeks up through the surrounding boulders. Photo credit: NPS/Robb Hannawacker.

Skull Rock

(39) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Devil's Golf Course at midday.

Devil's Golf Course

(27) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite The inside of the main tube.

Mojave Lava Tubes

(2) Fort Irwin, CA
gem Favorite The view of Death Valley from the old mine high in the Funeral Range.

Keane Wonder Mine

(4) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite The view of the canyon is astounding.

Banshee Canyon

(3) Needles, CA
gem Favorite To preserve this historic area, visitors are limited to the National Park Service guided tours. Photo Credit: NPS/Lian Law.

Keys Ranch

(3) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite View from the trail

Wall Street Mill

(8) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Kelso Dunes

Kelso Dunes

(7) Needles, CA
gem Favorite A beautiful rock face to the north west of Ryan Ranch.

Ryan Ranch

(4) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite The Approach to Calico Peak

Calico Peak

(2) Barstow, CA
gem Favorite The Doran Canyon Double Arches

Doran Double Arches

(1) Barstow, CA
gem Favorite Beginning of the Trail

Cottonwood Spring Oasis

(10) Indio, CA
gem Favorite A hiker admires the top of Fossil Falls.

Fossil Falls

(2) Inyokern, CA

Recommended Routes in Deserts - 38

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Favorite Joshua Tree National Park.
Easy

Wall Street Mill Trail

2.3 mi 3.7 km 79' Up 24.1 m Up 79' Down 24.04 m Down

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

Cholla Cactus Garden Trail

0.2 mi 0.4 km 12' Up 3.56 m Up 14' Down 4.16 m Down

Twentyn…, 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 View from the trail
Intermediate

Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

3.1 mi 5.0 km 628' Up 191.54 m Up 629' Down 191.58 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Milky Way over Arch Rock
Easy/Intermediate

Arch Rock Nature Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 86' Up 26.26 m Up 85' Down 25.95 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite The view back to Cap Rock at sunset is spectacular. Photo credits: NPS/Brad Sutton.
Easy/Intermediate

Cap Rock Nature Trail

0.4 mi 0.7 km 10' Up 3.19 m Up 11' Down 3.28 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Joshua Tree National Park.
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 fading ruins of Lost Horse Mine.
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
Favorite View from the trail
Intermediate

Lucky Boy Vista

3.7 mi 6.0 km 216' Up 65.92 m Up 216' Down 65.85 m Down

Twentyn…, CA

Deserts Hiking

  • 967 Miles 1,557 Kilometers of Trail
  • 38 Recommended Routes
  • 23 Gems Gems
  • 79 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 180 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 32 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Deserts - 253

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87.2 mi 140.4 km #1PCT: Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass
Intermediate
Mojave, CA
Intermediate
Mojave, CA
0.3 mi 0.5 km #2Bajada Nature Trail
Easy
Coachella, CA
Easy
Coachella, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #3Boy Scout Trail
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA 14 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4Desert Queen Mine Trail
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
1.1 mi 1.7 km #5Hidden Valley - Barker Dam Connector Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #6Indian Cove Nature Trail
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
5.0 mi 8.1 km #7Lost Horse Trail
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
1.4 mi 2.3 km #8Mastodon Peak Trail
Intermediate
Indio, CA
Intermediate
Indio, CA 13 
2.1 mi 3.3 km #9Pine City Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
3.7 mi 5.9 km #10Queen Valley Trail
Easy
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy
Twentynine Palms, CA

Photos of Deserts - 926

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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
The light fades on Ryan Mountain.
Mar 28, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
Milky Way over Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
Sunset at Zabriskie Point - Death Valley National Park
Mar 31, 2020 near Badwater, CA
Badwater at Sunset
Mar 31, 2020 near Badwater, CA
Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park.
Apr 2, 2020 near Twentyn…, CA