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983 mi 1,583 km of trail 42 Featured Hikes

Gems 23 Gems Easy Trails 154 Trails Intermediate Trails 77 Trails Hard Trails 11 Trails
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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

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

Zabriske Point

(32) 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

(27) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Early morning Badwater Basin start with Telescope Peak, our destination, up high in the snow.

Badwater Basin

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

Dante's View

(15) 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

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

Ryan Mountain

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

Arch Rock

(12) Twentyn…, CA

Featured Hikes in Deserts - 40

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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 • Loop • 112 ft Ascent 34.11 m Ascent

(45) Twentyn…, CA
Favorite amazing view from trail
Difficult

Cactus to Clouds: Palm Springs - Mt. San Jacinto

14.4 mi 23.3 km • Point to Point • 10,444 ft Ascent 3183.21 m Ascent

(34) Palm Sp…, CA
Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Intermediate

Ryan Mountain Trail

2.9 mi 4.7 km • Out and Back • 1,029 ft Ascent 313.74 m Ascent

(47) Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Eastside or backside of Baker Dam facing N. Nice reflections in the water. Lots of people taking photos of each other.
Easy

Barker Dam Nature Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 49 ft Ascent 14.81 m Ascent

(36) 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

Ladder Canyon Hike

4.5 mi 7.2 km • Loop • 863 ft Ascent 262.94 m Ascent

(16) Mecca, CA
Favorite Lost palms are not lost any more. We have found them!
Intermediate

Lost Palms Oasis

7.3 mi 11.8 km • Out and Back • 1,012 ft Ascent 308.33 m Ascent

(21) Indio, CA
Favorite freezing hot
Easy/Intermediate

Badwater Basin Crossing

6.5 mi 10.4 km • Point to Point • 25 ft Ascent 7.58 m Ascent

(23) Badwater, CA
Favorite In the spring, flowers bloom alongside the trail. It adds a little bit of color to the desert landscape.
Intermediate

Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

3.1 mi 5.0 km • Out and Back • 628 ft Ascent 191.54 m Ascent

(17) Twentyn…, CA

Trails in Deserts - 200

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2.8 mi 4.5 km #1Golden Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.8 mi 4.5 km Badwater, CA 19 
1.6 mi 2.5 km #2Ladder Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mecca, CA
Intermediate
1.6 mi 2.5 km Mecca, CA
4.5 mi 7.3 km #3South Lykken Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Palm Springs, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.5 mi 7.3 km Palm Springs, CA
37.6 mi 60.5 km #4California Riding and Hiking Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
37.6 mi 60.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
0.8 mi 1.2 km #5Antelope Trail South Loop
Easy
Green Valley, CA
Easy
0.8 mi 1.2 km Green Valley, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #6Poppy Trail Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Green Valley, CA
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Hagen Canyon
Easy
California City, CA
Easy
0.8 mi 1.3 km California City, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #8Boy Scout Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Easy/Intermediate
8.3 mi 13.3 km Joshua Tree, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Dante's View Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Badwater, CA
1.5 mi 2.5 km #10Keane Wonder Mine
Difficult
Beatty, NV
Difficult
1.5 mi 2.5 km Beatty, NV
3.0 mi 4.8 km #11Gower Gulch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Badwater, CA 14 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #12Split Rock Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Twentynine Palms, CA 17 
8.0 mi 12.9 km #13Boo Hoff Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
La Quinta, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
8.0 mi 12.9 km La Quinta, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #14Willow Hole Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.3 mi 3.7 km Twentynine Palms, CA
7.1 mi 11.5 km #15Stubbe Springs Loop Trail
Intermediate
Sky Valley, CA
Intermediate
7.1 mi 11.5 km Sky Valley, CA
4.8 mi 7.7 km #16Slit Canyon
Extremely Difficult
Badwater, CA
Extremely Difficult
4.8 mi 7.7 km Badwater, CA
4.9 mi 7.9 km #17West Side Loop Trail
Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
Intermediate
4.9 mi 7.9 km Yucca Valley, CA
2.2 mi 3.6 km #18Amboy Crater Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Easy/Intermediate
2.2 mi 3.6 km Twentynine Palms, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #19Antelope Butte Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Green Valley, CA
4.4 mi 7.0 km #20Mount Perry Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Badwater, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.4 mi 7.0 km Badwater, CA

Photos of Deserts - 749

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Milky Way over Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Feb 23, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.
Jan 27, 2016 near Badwater, CA
Man on the gold
Mar 22, 2019 near Badwater, CA
hikers
Oct 12, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Hikers on Golden Canyon Trail
Oct 11, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
Milky Way and Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA

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