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green Arch Rock Nature Trail

Trail

0.3 mile 0.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 16' 5 m
Descent: -14' -4 m
High: 3,836' 1,169 m
Low: 3,825' 1,166 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

An enjoyable nature trail to a unique geologic feature.

David Hitchcock

Features Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly The arch and boulders that are found around the trail offer great scrambling opportunities for the kids. It's an easy trail, and the placards provide information about the geology of the area.

Description

The Arch Rock Nature Trail is an easy route through the boulder fields found in the White Tank area. The trailhead for this is in the White Tank Campground, although there is limited parking which may force you to park along the road. Proceed toward Campsite #9, where the trailhead is located.

The trail leaves the campground and proceeds straight ahead along a sandy trail that has large rocks for the kids to explore off on the left. The trail breaks off to the right, and you'll find placards that provide information regarding what is happening geologically. It moves through a boulder field and cuts around to the right where the arch that the trail is named for comes into view. You can scramble up some rocks and get an up close view of the arch. It's a great area to explore and take photos. Leaving the arch, the trail winds through more boulders until it winds back on itself and leads back to the trailhead. There are stunning views of the surrounding area, wildflowers in the spring, and plenty of cacti to explore. For the kids, there are plenty of boulders to scramble up and explore.

As always in Joshua Tree, be careful where you hike and stick your hands, as rattlesnakes and scorpions might be hiding from the sun in shaded areas amongst the boulders.

Flora & Fauna

There are several varieties of wildflowers and cacti along the trail.

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Mar 14, 2019
Ryan Gillikin
9h 30m
Dec 25, 2018
Florence Doo
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Dec 16, 2018
Musen Zhou
Dec 15, 2018
Brian Kleeger
Dec 1, 2018
BOB Grebenc
Nov 21, 2018
Carol Skelly
Fun to climb around on
Sep 23, 2018
Tad
Sep 2, 2018
Erin Hart

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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#1,705

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#15,600

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