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Ryan Mountain is the fourth highest point in Joshua Tree. Located at the end of a moderately strenuous hike, this summit provides views of Pinto Basin, Lost Horse Valley, Queen Valley, and Pleasant Valley. The mountain top itself has a wonderfully diverse selection of plants, lichens, and small animals.

Evidence of a tribal gathering spot at the trailhead is worth a look even for groups who aren't capable of ascending to the peak.

Short Hike: From a the trailhead with ample parking it's only a 1.5 mile hike. That 1.5 miles does has a 1000+ ft elevation gain up an Ace Venture-esque amount of steps and no shade. It's very unwise to attempt this hike during summer except very early or very late and to be very careful during rainy season due to slippery stairs and lightning.

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Dylan Payne
"Ryan Mountain is the highest point in Joshua Tree" Nope. That honor goes to Quail Peak, almost 400 feet higher (also a nice hike, but not as scenic.) May 3, 2018
Dylan Payne
Los Angeles, CA
Dylan Payne   Los Angeles, CA
Dick is right, Ryan Mountain is only the 4th highest peak in the park, though it's the most accessible. Always double check your sources! May 3, 2018

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Dec 9, 2018
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Nov 25, 2018
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Dave Burkhard
Fun little hike. Constant elevation change. Reward is a 360 degree view of Joshua Tree
Nov 16, 2018
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Sep 20, 2018
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Jul 21, 2018
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