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Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree NP - 5 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 27 2019
richvosko
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34 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree NPInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2019
richvosko
Hiking1.05 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking1.05 Miles
140 ft AEG
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Dec 15 2017
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 174
 Photos 5,073
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 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
3,500 ft AEG
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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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Oct 31 2017
AZWanderingBear
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 Guides 27
 Routes 61
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64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Joshua Tree NP, CA 
Joshua Tree NP, CA
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2017
AZWanderingBear
Hiking33.50 Miles 4,550 AEG
Hiking33.50 Miles
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Headed out to Joshua Tree for 4 days of camping and hiking. We didn't get a real early start, so we were very lucky to find an available spot in Ryan Campground, our second choice. Not a fan of campgrounds, but they can be a necessary evil. Ryan is centrally located and our little spot backed up to some nice granite. Apparently half our neighbors were there to mostly be loud. Of the other half, we were pleasantly surprised to meet a young couple from Switzerland who are doing a few years exploring North America in their iconic 2002 Land Rover Defender. I love Land Rover's unofficial motto - "making mechanics out of drivers since 1948."

We tackled Ryan Mountain first to get a nice view of the area. Drove part of Geology Road which isn't all that interesting when you don't have the accompanying guide for what's significant at each of the sign posts. The guides are not available at the large metal box at the start of the road marked "Guides", only at the visitor centers miles and miles away. Did have fun exploring Squaw Tank, a small dam with some good rocks to scramble on nearby. Desert Queen Mine, Wall Street Stamp Mill and the Barker Dam provided a look back into the history of the area. Stopped by Skull Rock for a belated Halloween celebration and some more rock scrambling fun.

Ryan Ranch was very close to our campground so we strolled out to explore our second morning. Interesting place. Willow Hole is hike not listed on HAZ. We saw it on a park brochure and thought the name was worth exploring. It is a 7 plus mile round trip through sand to several willow trees in some damp earth. Took the opportunity to drive north and hike to 49 Palms. Yes, we counted them and there were 3 palms too many. MJ corrected the error and they are back to 49. Coyote Corner offers gifts, souvenirs, and 7.5 minute showers for only $4 per token. Highly recommended!

Keys View is a nice drive and a small walk. Gives a great view of the San Andreas Fault below, which of course isn't mentioned on the informational signs at the view point. We took a side dirt road on a whim and found a trailhead for Lost Horse Mine. We opted for the entire loop. The mine had a 10 stamp mill and operated for a long time. Water was pumped the 3.5 miles from Ryan Ranch to support the mine and mill. The southern half of the loop offers nice views and some other mine ruins. White bursage was blooming and when you brush against it or crush some in your hands it smelled like lemons. We explored around the Hidden Valley area and watched some friendly climbers at work for a bit.

The drive out took us past Cottonwood Campground and the Mastadon Peak and Mine Loop. The scramble to the top of Mastadon was short but fun with a chuckwalla lamenting our intrusion into his morning sunning routine.

We stopped off at the General Patton and Desert Training Center Museum at Chiricao Summit. The US Army trained in southern CA and southwestern AZ before embarking to North Africa to confront Hitler and Rommel in the Sahara, our entry into WW-II. The training was vital in learning to cope with desert conditions. The outline of the road network from the many camp towns established as part of the Desert Training Center are still visible when you fly over the area. The museum has an impressive collection of artifacts from the period.
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Mar 20 2016
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree NPInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2016
cw50must
Hiking1.05 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking1.05 Miles
140 ft AEG
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Hidden Valley is a cool little spot. Once you enter you are surrounded by stacks of huge boulders. The nature trail makes a nice loop in the valley. There is quite a bit of rock climbing going on and plenty of smaller formations to climb on if you aren't brave enough for the big stuff. When exiting you get a nice view out into the park. Lot's of people at this one, we had to wait for a parking spot.

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Feb 07 2016
DallinW
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29 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
Joshua Tree NP, CA 
Joshua Tree NP, CA
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2016
DallinW
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,548 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles
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The day started off on the right foot as I jumped onto the 60 and realized I left my hiking clothes in the dryer back at my apartment... Thankfully, I had only made it a few blocks before realizing and turning back.

After arriving via the South Entrance, I headed for the Lost Palms Oasis TH. It was very windy immediately after I got out of my truck. I changed into my hiking clothes and hit the trail, excited for the day ahead.

The trail gradually increases in elevation until about a mile before you hit Lost Palms Canyon, where it will drop into and climb out of a small but steep wash. The landscape is littered with large boulders, small joshua trees, some cedars, and a few cholla. The destination of the hike is a narrow canyon which hosts a few dozen fan palm trees. I thought there was also a perennial water source in the canyon, but I was unable to find it.

After returning to the TH, I went hit up the Cholla Cactus Garden. I circled the loop twice looking for some good photo opportunities. Although short, I think it's well worth the time. The concentration of Cholla in this small area might surprise you. Up until about half a mile from the garden, I kept asking myself "so where's the cholla?"

Ryan Mountain was my next destination. The trail is short at just 1.5 miles, but it climbs ~1000 ft so some effort is required. The views going up aren't anything to rave about, but at the top you're treated with 360 degree views of the park, along with fair views of San Jacinto and (I think) San Gorgonio, both of which are currently snow capped.

Next I headed to Keys View. The wind was moving pretty fast at the viewpoint and it pushed me around a little. The sun was directly in my face at this point so the views weren't great, but still good. In hind sight I would probably do Keys View at sunrise for good views of the sun hitting San Jacinto. I decided to drive to my next hike and then return to Keys View for the sunset.

I headed back down the hill and did the Hidden Valley Nature Loop. The loop is about a mile long but it doesn't disappoint. There are a lot of cool boulder piles and good views inside the small valley. I saw a few climbers enjoying the setting sun atop the rocks.

After finishing the loop, I booked it back to Keys Views hoping I hadn't missed the best of the sunset. I probably did, but it was still good nonetheless. There was still strong winds pushing me around, so I dropped below the viewpoint and found myself a nice cedar to take shelter behind to watch the sun set behind San Jacinto, and the lights turn on in Palm Springs.
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Dec 25 2015
AndreyP
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40 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Hidden Valley - Joshua Tree NPInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2015
AndreyP
Hiking1.05 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking1.05 Miles      30 Mns   2.10 mph
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After stopping at Keys View where strong winds from the smog covered Coachella Valley almost swept us off feet, we made our last stop at Hidden Valley. Nice loop and no wind there. Didn't have time to stop and read signs because it was getting dark.
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Sep 14 2015
trekkin_gecko
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62 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Barker Dam Nature Trail LoopInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking2.30 Miles 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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on the way back from the sierras, john suggested we drive through Joshua tree national park
I had never been there, we could do a little hike, and denny had a park pass so that sounded pretty good
beautiful mix of Joshua trees, boulders and blue sky
stopped first at the barker dam area and did the loop
highlights were the dam and sighting several bighorn sheep
next drove over to hidden valley and hiked that loop
some rock climbing in this area, too
drove all the way through the park to I-10
some areas are prettier than others
would love to spend several days here camping, hiking and climbing
a nice way to break up the drive home
Flora
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Joshua Tree
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