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986 mi 1,587 km of trail 34 Featured Hikes

Gems 21 Gems Easy Trails 151 Trails Intermediate Trails 73 Trails Hard Trails 9 Trails
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Favorite A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 112 ft Ascent 34.11 m Ascent

Doubletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

( 43 )
Favorite amazing view from trail

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

Singletrack Palm Springs, CA

( 34 )
Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.

Ryan Mountain Trail

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

Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

( 46 )
Favorite Although the surroundings are pretty barren, there is still some plant life in the wide wash of the Painted Canyon Trail.

Ladder Canyon Hike

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

Singletrack Mecca, CA

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

Lost Palms Oasis

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

Singletrack Indio, CA

( 21 )
Favorite freezing hot

Badwater Basin Crossing

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

Singletrack Badwater, CA

( 22 )
Favorite In the spring, flowers bloom alongside the trail. It adds a little bit of color to the desert landscape.

49 Palms Oasis Trail

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

Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

( 17 )
Favorite Mosaic Canyon in Death Valley National Park

Mosaic Canyon Trail

3.6 mi 5.7 km • Loop • 1,011 ft Ascent 308.25 m Ascent

Singletrack Badwater, CA

( 13 )

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1.2 mi 1.9 km #1 Barker Dam Nature Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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2.8 mi 4.5 km #2 Golden Canyon Trail
Badwater, CA
2.8 mi 4.5 km Badwater, CA
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64 days ago
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1.6 mi 2.5 km #3 Ladder Canyon Trail
Mecca, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km Mecca, CA
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37.6 mi 60.5 km #4 California Riding and Hiking Trail
Yucca Valley, CA
37.6 mi 60.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
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0.8 mi 1.2 km #5 Antelope Trail South Loop
Green Valley, CA
0.8 mi 1.2 km Green Valley, CA
All Clear
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99 days ago
4.5 mi 7.3 km #6 South Lykken Trail
Palm Springs, CA
4.5 mi 7.3 km Palm Springs, CA
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6.0 mi 9.7 km #7 Lost Horse Mine Loop
Sky Valley, CA
6.0 mi 9.7 km Sky Valley, CA
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56 days ago
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8.3 mi 13.3 km #8 Boy Scout Trail
Joshua Tree, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km Joshua Tree, CA
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #9 Hagen Canyon
California City, CA
0.8 mi 1.3 km California City, CA
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2.0 mi 3.2 km #10 Poppy Trail Loop
Green Valley, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km Green Valley, CA
All Clear
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99 days ago
13.7 mi 22.0 km #11 Joshua Tree Half Marathon (2019)
Joshua Tree, CA
13.7 mi 22.0 km Joshua Tree, CA
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1.5 mi 2.5 km #12 Keane Wonder Mine
Beatty, NV
1.5 mi 2.5 km Beatty, NV
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2.0 mi 3.2 km #13 Split Rock Loop Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km Twentynine Palms, CA
All Clear
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42 days ago
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3.0 mi 4.8 km #14 Gower Gulch Trail
Badwater, CA
3.0 mi 4.8 km Badwater, CA
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64 days ago
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0.6 mi 0.9 km #15 Dante's View Trail
Badwater, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km Badwater, CA
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8.0 mi 12.9 km #16 Boo Hoff Trail
La Quinta, CA
8.0 mi 12.9 km La Quinta, CA
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #17 Willow Hole Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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7.1 mi 11.5 km #18 Stubbe Springs Loop Trail
Sky Valley, CA
7.1 mi 11.5 km Sky Valley, CA
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #19 Cap Rock Nature Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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4.8 mi 7.7 km #20 Slit Canyon
Badwater, CA
4.8 mi 7.7 km Badwater, CA
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