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."
--Stan Swartz, Jim Wolff & Samir Shahin, 50 Trail Runs in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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