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Lucky Boy Vista

Intermediate
 4.0 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful hike offering interesting views, a decent leg workout, and many shaded resting areas.


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3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Out and Back

4,514' 1,376 m

High

4,371' 1,332 m

Low

216' 66 m

Up

216' 66 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly The whole family will enjoy this trail's great shaded picnic spots and minor boulder-hopping.

Camping allowed with pass. No water. No open fires. Only camp stoves.

Overview

The first half of the trail winds through a dried wash bed of soft sand passing spring flowers and bushes with an occasional pine tree. Then the trail turns to a hard pack dirt trail with several shaded spots to hang out for a break. A small elevation gain, then the trail levels out into the open where it completes at a beautiful vista overlooking the south area of the park.

Need to Know

Bugs are generally minimal in the desert, however with greater vegetation brings more bugs. You might use bug spray during this one. Rattlesnakes have been spotted near the trail.

Description

This trail is one of three that begin at the Desert Queen Mine Trail parking lot. From the parking lot, head east towards the wash where the start of the trail is marked. The majority of the 1.9 miles out, visitors will travel over a wash and through sand between two ridges. From there, the trail will head through some hills towards the end. The trail will end at a beautiful vista looking east.

Along the way, there are interesting rock formations as well as plenty of native vegetation. Several areas along the way offer shade. Miners used this route to travel between mines back in the mining heyday of Joshua Tree. All mines are blocked off for safety today.

Camping is allowed in this area, however, there are no water sources, so you'll need to bring your own. Bathrooms at the parking lot are well maintained. There are several alternate paths along the way that offer minor boulder hopping.

With three great trails from one parking lot, this is one of the best spots in this park!

Flora & Fauna

Several types of cactus can be seen while on this trail, along with pine trees. Beautiful desert flowers add color to the trail in the spring. There are plenty of birds and lizards with the occasional rattle snake! Leave them be and they'll do the same.

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Jeff Hunter

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Beautiful Vista at turn around point. Great sunrises!
Jun 14, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
Last part of the hill! Mostly levels out after this.
Jul 13, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
Looking south on the return trip.
Jul 13, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
Nice area to explore the rocks and grab some shade!
Jul 13, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
Transition from the soft sand to small rocks and shortly to hilly hard pack.
Jul 13, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
View of Desert Queen Mine and its tailings.
Jun 9, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA

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Oct 17, 2019
John Comer
Apr 2, 2019
Lori A
Alone. Emergency contact 414-430-2218 — 13h 39m
Mar 11, 2019
Christopher Smith
Dec 2, 2018
Theo Geibel
Downed tree branch over trail. -0.1mi
Mar 10, 2018
Adriana Garay
Dec 27, 2017
jag@jagtalon.com Talon
Nov 24, 2017
Dianna Orth
Feb 19, 2017
Paulo Saraiva