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Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree NP, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Inland
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,231 feet
Elevation Gain 90 feet
Accumulated Gain 140 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
Dogs not allowed
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22  2017-10-31
Joshua Tree NP
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17  2016-03-20 cw50must
26  2016-02-07
Joshua Tree NP
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6  2015-09-14
Barker Dam Nature Trail Loop
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov
Sun  6:15am - 4:42pm
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Cap Rock Nature Trail
1.6 mi away
0.4 mi
46 ft
Ryan Mountain
1.7 mi away
3.0 mi
1,070 ft
Barker Dam Trail
1.7 mi away
1.3 mi
100 ft
Wonderland Wash
2.3 mi away
2.0 mi
Quail Springs Trail - Joshua Tree
2.6 mi away
3.1 mi
-279 ft
Barker Dam Nature Trail Loop
Barker Dam Nature Trail Loop
2.6 mi away
1.1 mi
70 ft
Wall Street Mill Trail
3.6 mi away
1.5 mi
Lost Horse Mine
Lost Horse Mine
4.3 mi away
4.0 mi
400 ft
Sneakeye Spring Trail
4.6 mi away
1.0 mi
166 ft
Window Loop Trail
5.0 mi away
1.7 mi
188 ft
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Likely In-Season!
Hidden Valley was really hidden with the only way in via the long gulch on the north side through which water drains from the valley. In the beginning of 20th century a local rancher William Keys blasted the walls on the south side of the valley to let his cattle graze there.

Now one of the nature trails in Joshua Tree National Park makes a lasso loop through the valley with views to the variously shaped rock formations and interpretive signs talking about Mojave Desert flora.


Off-trail hiking and rock climbing are popular in Hidden Valley, although Park administration discourages these activities due to their high volume and consecutive significant negative impact.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Joshua Tree National Park
    7-Day Vehicle Permit: $25 View Fees


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    To hike
    From Los Angeles take I-10 east, turn to Twentynine Palms Hwy (CA-62) at exit 117, drive about 25 mi, turn right to Park Blvd in Joshua Tree. Drive 5.1 on Park Blvd (it will be Quail Springs Rd for a while) to West Entrance to Joshua Tree park, continue another 8.8 mi, turn right at the signed intersection and in 0.2 mi reach the Hidden Valley parking loop.
    page created by AndreyP on Jan 14 2016 9:14 pm
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