Hiking Californiaand39;s Desert Parks  by Bill & Polly Cunningham

Hiking California's Desert Parks Guide Book

by Bill & Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Californiaand39;s Desert Parks  by Bill & Polly Cunningham
Hiking California’s Desert Parks features 114 of the finest trails—from short day hikes to backcountry treks—in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Mojave National Preserve, and Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks. Veteran hikers Bill and Polly Cunningham provide all the information you need to get the most out of hiking these natural treasures. Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every ability; Accurate directions to the trailhead and detailed trail descriptions; GPS-compatible maps Mile-by-mile directional cues; Difficulty ratings, trail contacts, fees/permits, best hiking seasons, and much more.

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Trails from the "Hiking California's Desert Parks" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 114.

For centuries, Alcoholic Pass has been used by the region’s inhabitants to travel from Clark Valley (on the northeast) to Borrego Valley. These use trails were created by countless moccasins before ou ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
The focus of this nature trail is on the unique geology of the fascinating rock formations that abound in this area of the park. Informational signs present a sophisticated series of geology lessons, ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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From the mouth of the canyon the old mining trail climbs steeply up the left side of the deep, narrow Ashford Canyon. Rockslides and erosion are gradually erasing any sign of the troad as nature recla ...
Baker, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
As bleak as it looks, a hike onto the salt flats at Badwater is arguably the ultimate Death Valley experience. If you have been to Dante’s View or Telescope Peak, you probably saw the human “ants ” on ...
Baker, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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This highly informative nature trail is a step back in time, both in terms of prehistory and with respect to futile, short-lived attempts to raise cattle back in the early 1900s. Barker Dam was built ...
Joshua Tree, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
As the mileage log indicates, this is a very well-marked trail, both up Eureka Peak and down the California Riding & Hiking Trail return trip. In spite of that, there is a sense of wilderness exciteme ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.5
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This trail provides a spectacular introduction to the beauties of the desert. The self-guiding brochure and the clear signs will help you become familiar with the plants and animals, geology, history, ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Much Anza-Borrego history coincides at this spot! The Southern Emigrant Trail, the Mormon Battalion, and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route used this arduous low mountain pass. The historical marker ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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The Boy Scout Trail provides access to several high-quality hikes within and adjacent to the Wonderland of Rocks. The most complete and enjoyable choice is to hike mostly downhill from Keys View Backc ...
Joshua Tree, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
This short trail begins as a sandy winding path but becomes more rocky as it leads up the canyon. Signs identify jumping cholla, beavertail cactus, and saltbush. Walking up the canyon instead of drivi ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Neither wide nor well-pruned, this section of the California Riding and Hiking Trail is evidently not heavily traveled, although it is frequently signed with arrows and mileposts. This is definitely a ...
Joshua Tree, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 15
Whether done as one long hike or two short hikes, these outings provide an excellent tour of the central area of Joshua Tree National Park. The California Riding and Hiking Trail is largely sandy. The ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 11
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The California Riding and Hiking Trail reaches the varied elevations of Anza-Borrego. Beginning at 4,000 feet in chaparral, it descends through mountain valleys to the desert floor. The transition of ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
This easy nature trail is paved and was designed to accommodate wheelchairs, although it has weathered considerably since it was built in 1982. The numerous signs have also weathered, some almost to i ...
Joshua Tree, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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The lush canyon bottom here is framed by spires of golden granite. A diverse plant community flourishes in Caruthers Canyon due to high elevation and plentiful water. There is also evidence of animal ...
Baker, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
The volcanic turrets and spires of the Castle Peaks form a dramatic backdrop for unlimited exploration, adjacent to a rambling hiking corridor that penetrates deep into the remote northeast corner of ...
Kelso, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.6
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This massive array of cholla, a common species of the Colorado (Sonoran) Desert, is impressive even when it is not in bloom. From mid- to late February to mid-March, there is intense bee activity at t ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25
At 7,929 feet Clark Mountain is the rooftop of the preserve. It is also an isolated enclave that is cut off from the main preserve by Interstate 15. Its elevation and isolation combine to make it the ...
Baker, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
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This clear, well-defined trail is actually a closed four-wheel drive mining road managed as a hiking trail (a troad). It takes off in a northeasterly direction from the Cottonwood Campground. The firs ...
Indio, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
The old mining troad that takes you to the Contact Mine is as impressive in its engineering as the mine itself. The troad cuts through solid rock, avoids gullies with remarkable rock foundations, and ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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