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Dec 15 2017
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2017
John9L
Hiking18.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking18.50 Miles
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Headed up to Joshua Tree with a friend for a fun weekend exploring. We car camped two nights in the Cottonwood Campground and did a variety of hikes over the weekend and then I headed back to Phoenix Sunday afternoon.


Mastodon Peak Loop – Made a quick loop on Friday afternoon during sunset. There are remains of an old mine and a use trail that wraps around to the top of Mastodon Peak. Nice views up there!

Ryan Mountain – Started off with Ryan on Saturday morning. The trail is in great condition and makes a healthy climb over the course of 1.5 miles. The summit is marked by a massive rock cairn. The views would have been nice if not for the extremely poor air quality.

Barker Dam Loop – After Ryan, we headed over to the Barker Dam area and spent some time exploring the area and searching for glyphs. We had mixed results by finding some and not others. There is one set of glyphs, marked on the topo map, that have been touched up with paint. There was a light rain for about an hour.

Hidden Valley – Made the quick Hidden Valley loop in the afternoon. This is a really nice area that is very popular with rock climbers and day hikers. Very scenic and nice hiking.

Key Views – We ended our Saturday at Key Views where we hiked a short way up a use trail to the west and enjoyed the sunset. It’s a wonderful view of Palm Springs and San Jacinto but the air quality is disgusting! From there we returned to Cottonwood and settled in for the evening.

Split Rock Loop / Skull Rock – On Sunday morning we drove back into the heart of the park and did a short loop hike by Split Rock / Skull Rock. Fairly nice area.

Arch Rock – Short hike and exploration by Arch Rock

Cholla Garden – We ended on the Cholla Garden Nature Walk.
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Nov 09 2014
autumnstars
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Lost Palm OasisInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2014
autumnstars
Hiking8.54 Miles 1,582 AEG
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1,582 ft AEG
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After yestrday's bike ride, we decided to drive down to camp at Joshua Tree and get in some hiking in the southern part of the park. This was a nice hike to the largest oasis of California fan palms in the park. Classic Colorado Desert hiking. The trail sticks pretty much to the uplands, although there is a bit of wash-walking on occasion. Given the well-defined nature of the trail, the amount of signage is almost comical at times. The oasis isn't visible until just before the trail drops down off the ridge and straight to the shade of the palms. Even with the trail, that made it feel like we were the first people to ever see it.

On the way back from the oasis, we took the other branch of the Mastodon Peak Loop trail so we could summit the peak and check out the rather well-preserved Mastodon Mine. Mastodon Peak isn't all that high, but the views from the top are great, and the "trail" to the top is a fun scramble over huge granitic boulders. Good way to vary the end of the hike instead of out and back on the exact same trail.
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Mastadon PeakInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar May 04 2012
rwstorm
Hiking2.60 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
400 ft AEG
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On my fourth and final day at Joshua Tree NP, I had a change of plans and decided to go home by way of Salton Sea and Yuma instead of by way of Parker. After breaking camp at Belle, I headed toward Cottonwood and decided to do this hike. I parked in Loop A of the campground and did it as an out and back versus loop. Explored a little around the old millsite at Winona and over by the Mastodon Mine on the way to the peak. This was a very pleasant easy hike, much of it in a wash, with a short scramble to the peak. Joshua Tree is a wonderful park! :)
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