Hidden Valley - Barker Dam Connector Trail
ElevationAscent: 69' 21 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 4,266' 1,300 m
Low: 4,203' 1,281 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“Visitors hoping for a longer hike as well as the opportunity to view the Barker Dam will enjoy this gentle trail.”— Trail Master
Family Friendly If your youngsters have energy to burn, this can be a great way to reach Barker Dam. Be aware that there's little sun protection however!
Leaving from the northern end of the Hidden Valley Campground, the trail will be well marked. As you embark on this gentle, flat route, take in the desert scenery surrounding you. The trail crosses Barker Dam Road, so please use caution when crossing.
A slight incline will deposit you at the Barker Dam Nature Trail, and from there it is a short jaunt to the dam itself. Once you've admired the dam and are ready to return either to the trailhead or campground, simply retrace your steps.
Please be aware that like many trail in Joshua Tree, there is little in the way of sun protection, and you'll want to bring a hat, water, and ample sunscreen.
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Land Manager: NPS - Joshua Tree National Park