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Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer loop
Doubletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 4,262' 1,299 m
Low: 4,180' 1,274 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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No Dogs
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An easy loop that provides brief introductions to the fauna and flora of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Features Birding · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Children love exploring this trail in the hopes of sighting wildlife. Short walk that's accessible to most. Short and easy enough small children can be carried if needed.

Overview

Signs along the nature trail help visitors identify the park’s fauna and flora. The trail is mostly level, crossing through hard-packed sand, but it does venture through some of the valley’s interesting rock formations.

Description

This loop encircles the inside of a natural corral made of immense rock walls and boulders.

Hidden Valley's natural enclosure holds more rain than the surrounding area, creating a unique micro-habitat that brings together a wide range of plants and animals not typically found together in this section of the Park.

In 1936, desert pioneer Bill Keys blasted a notch through these walls to improve access for his cattle herds. Today this serves as Hidden Valley's main access point.

Flora & Fauna

A remarkable variety of amphibians, reptiles and mammals call the area home in addition to desert wildflowers, cacti species, and lichens.

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May 9, 2019
Sangmo Seong
simon&kim 1mi
Apr 14, 2019
Kaleo Clarke
Apr 6, 2019
Eric Peters
1.1mi — 0h 45m
Mar 12, 2019
Andy Chaffin
Mar 3, 2019
Sem Maltsev
Mar 2, 2019
Shane Zaw
Feb 22, 2019
Rita L
Nice sandy trail, some stone steps. Puddles and icy patches due to snow last two nights, easy to walk around. 1mi
Feb 21, 2019
Oliver Mehrfort

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  4.6 from 38 votes

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