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Length


8.3 Miles 13.3 Kilometers


199' 61 m

Ascent

-1,374' -419 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

4,182' 1,275 m

High

2,863' 873 m

Low

Shared By Peter Bugg

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All Clear 56 days ago

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A great descent from Joshua Tree forest through monzogranite boulder mountains.

Peter Bugg

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Family Friendly The first roughly 2 miles (from the southern parking lot) make a great section to do as an out and back with kids.

Description

From the southern trailhead, where there is a backcountry board, sizeable parking lot, and bathrooms (but no water) the trail goes north, descending gradually through a classic Joshua Tree forest. After about 1.2 miles, there is a side trail to Willow Hole, which is nice, but not amazing. If you stay on the main trail, it continues through the J-Tree forest until it starts to descend more quickly though monzogranite boulder piles that are typical of the northern edge of the park between the towns of Joshua Tree and 29 Palms.

The last mile or so drags on a little bit, as you can see town, but as there are few markers, distances can be deceptive so you don't know how far you have to go to get to the northern parking lot (no water or bathrooms, much smaller than southern parking lot). I recommend doing this with two cars shuttling, as opposed to an out and back.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of J-trees, chollas, and hedgehog cactus. Very classic Joshua Tree.

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Feb 20, 2019
matt lokay
Dec 9, 2018
Stone Patrick
Nov 23, 2018
Dianna Orth
Trail 8.3 then additional .5 to Ranger Station. 8.8mi
May 28, 2018
Andy West
1.5 out and back to camp, flat, a bit sandy but pretty with good camping 1.5mi
Mar 17, 2018
Kevo Cane
Feb 17, 2018
Sarah Shafer
hiked up to Big Pine Trail and camped for the night. the trail was nice and flat with a few small inclines. it was pretty sandy and not too busy… 4.7mi
Feb 2, 2018
Joel A
Jan 21, 2018
Susana BB
2mi

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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