Boy Scout Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

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Boy Scout Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 2,851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,297 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. Along the trail there is a bare rock.
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Boy Scout Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 2,851 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,297 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. Along the trail there is a bare rock. This trail connects with the following: Willow Hole Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Joshua Tree National Park
Distance: 8.0
Elevation Gain: 2,297 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,851 feet
Top Elevation: 4,195 feet
Parks: Joshua Tree National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2851/4195 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2851/2851 ft

Boy Scout Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Joshua Tree National Park is a magical place guaranteed to inspire visitors with its beauty. The landscape reflects the ever-changing desert light with a kaleidoscope of color. Trails meander through twisting canyons filled with sand, boulders, and desert flora. Statuesque Joshua trees stand like sentries under deep blue skies, offering their outstretched limbs in welcome to all. In mild weather, this 16-mile, out-and-back run is challenging. In warmer weather, you can run it as an 8-mile, point-to-point run. Beware that summer temperatures and humidity can make running in this area hazardous. Be sure to check the local weather conditions for flash-flood warnings."

"The popular Boy Scout Trail connects the main park to Indian Cove, following the western edge of the outlandish Wonderland of Rocks. It treats the hiker to Joshua tree forests, massive granite boulder piles, yuccas, cacti, and scenic washes. The hike is long enough that it is preferable to do oneway rather than out-and-back. Or better yet, combine the Boy Scout Trail with Willow Hole and Rattlesnake Canyon (see Trip 15.7) to make the best loop hike anywhere in the park. The Wonderland of Rocks is a day-use area, but camping is allowed on the west side of the Boy Scout Trail. There are excellent sites in the sandy wash about halfway down the trail, but beware of flash flooding anytime thunderstorms threaten the desert."

"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 Backcountry Board to the Indian Cove Backcountry Board, taking in an excursion deep into the fascinating Wonderland of Rocks at Willow Hole. This 12-mile journey on foot samples much of the diversity of this amazing landscape. If a car shuttle is out of the question, an excellent second choice is to hike 6.6 miles round-trip to Willow Hole. A largely downhill point-to-point hike along the west edge of the Wonderland of Rocks, requiring a car shuttle to the Indian Cove Entrance of the park."

"This trip, nearly level throughout much of its length, leads hikers from Joshua tree–studded flats into the heart of the boulder-stacked landscape of the Wonderland of Rocks. The Wonderland of Rocks is Joshua Tree’s largest concentration of monzogranite domes, covering more than 10 square miles between Queen Valley on the southeast and Indian Cove on the northwest. Willow Hole lies near the center of this rockbound labyrinth, and this very scenic, nearly level hike leads you there, at first across flats studded with picturesque Joshua trees, and then through a winding, dome-embraced canyon in the heart of the Wonderland."

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12/3/2007
90% of the Trails are closed in the area. The Ranger advised me that the Trails will open in March. They try to re-plant vegetation after the fire....
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1/6/2006
I followed trail into Willow hole & back out. Flat and easy trail that keeps getting better as you follow a desert trail gradually into the water table. Toward the end you follow a stream bed that is sandy. Scenery is spectacular and the rock formations keep getting better toward the end. Great for a family hike where kids can climb on rocks. All of Joshua Tree National Park is fabulous.
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3/11/2005
Great Hike through great desert scenery. For a great overnighter do this from Keys to indian cove and back or vice versa. Tons of great places to camp. We did it as a 2 nighter, hiking in at night on Friday from the Keys trailhead and camping about 2 miles in. Saturday we took the hike to Indian Cove losing about 2000 feet of altitude. We refilled water at the Indian Cove Ranger station and then hiked back in about 2 miles where we camped at the mouth of the canyon. Sunday we hiked back up the canyon and left. Be sure to bring a lot of water as there is none on the trail. (besides collecting water in J-tree is prohibited. it is reserved for the wildlife.)
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11/17/2002
This was a nice and easy hike for the wife and I,great desert scenery, just a wonderful, quiet place, without other hikers on the trail.
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