Best Easy Day Hikes Joshua Tree  by Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham

Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree Guide Book

by Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Joshua Tree  by Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham
Best Easy Day Hikes Joshua Tree National Park includes detailed maps and concise descriptions for twenty easy-to-follow hikes in a wild open space close to Los Angeles that offers cool oases, fascinating historic sites and nature trails, and spectacular views for casual hikers of all ages. From the High View Nature Trail to Silver Bell Mine, you will discover some of the best desert hiking California has to offer.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 25.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 25.

Keys View offers spectacular views of the south-central area of the park. An interpretive sign provides information on the serious problem of air pollution in Joshua Tree. To the north of the paved Ke ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25
This hike provides easy access to the Wonderland of Rocks, the only lake in the park, and to a rich array of petroglyphs. The Wonderland of Rocks is a jumbled maze of nearly 8,000 acres of granite int ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
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These gargantuan bizarre boulders are a magnet for visitors. A Joshua tree forest surrounds the unusual jumbo rock formations. The nature trail’s informational signs focus on the geology and ecology o ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
For good reason this is one of the park’s most heavily visited trails. The enchanting valley is surrounded by mounds of monzogranite and attracts climbers as well as more casual explorers. The interpr ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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From the summit you will enjoy sweeping vistas of the northwestern section of the park as well as the sea of towns beyond the park boundaries. The value of protecting land through park designation is ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
Close to the bustle of the town of Joshua Tree, this oasis is a peaceful island of quiet and solitude. Towering California fan palms, perhaps even more than forty-nine of them, are nestled in this can ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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The Desert Queen was the largest and longest operating mine in the park. From the overlook you can view the remains of the mine in the wash below and learn the mine’s history. Then follow the trail do ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Defunct mines have a magical attraction for many park visitors. It’s not only that eerie hole in the ground, but also the elaborate engineering necessary for the operation. Here at the Silver Bell, th ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
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This loop hike begins near a lush desert spring, climbs to a mill site, and continues on to the remnants of a historic mine. The lumpy monzogranite mound on which the mine is located reminded early vi ...
Indio, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
This interpretive trail emphasizes the area’s historical uses as it travels the 1-mile perimeter of Hidden Valley with very little change in elevation. The setting is a snug valley surrounded by massi ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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This nature trail travels to the top of a hill, providing a view over the Yucca Valley and the northern reaches of the park. Highlights: A peak hike with panoramic views of the park’s western section.
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
Tucked away in a narrow canyon, this hidden oasis features the largest grove of California fan palms in the park. Unlike Fortynine Palms Oasis (also described in this guide) on the northern edge of Jo ...
Indio, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
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This short nature trail features interesting monzogranite rock formations, which attract rock climbers as well as casual strollers. The trail is paved and barrier-free. Cap Rock is nearly at the hub o ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
The hike to this large historic mine site also provides superb views of the Wonderland of Rocks, Malapai Hill, and the vast expanse of Pleasant Valley. The mine is one of the best preserved in Joshua ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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The High View Trail, as the name suggests, provides panoramic views of the park’s western section. The gently graded climb offers plenty of opportunities to pause—some with a nearby bench—to enjoy the ...
Yucca Valley, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.3
A short nature trail winds around fascinating White Tank granite formations and features appropriate geology lessons. This is a good rock scramble for agile kids, and a good romp for the restless fami ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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This nature trail follows a broad desert wash on the northern edge of the Wonderland of Rocks area of the park. The interpretive signs emphasize desert vegetation found in such drainages.
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
An unusually dense stand of cholla cactus rises in a cluster above the vast Pinto Basin. The plants are as captivating as the views of the desert and the mountain ranges that surround the trail.
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25
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This well-marked trail takes you to a historic ore processing mill and other remnants of early mining days. The desert climate has remarkable powers of preservation. An easy side trip into the impress ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
What a misnomer! This was never a city and the pines are scarce, but it’s a lovely green spot to visit. Bighorn sheep are drawn to this desert refuge, especially during summer. The former mining camp ...
Twentynine Palms, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
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