California Riding and Hiking Trail is a hiking and horse trail in San Bernardino County and Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 3,981 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,492 feet.
California Riding and Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The California Riding and Hiking Trails Act was passed in 1945 to establish a trail system spanning the entire state. The ambitious project was never completed, and much of it fell into disuse. However, several segments of the California Riding and Hiking Trail (CRHT) still exist, and the 37-mile part through Joshua Tree National Park offers a grand tour of the main park. There is nothing like crossing the park on foot to gain an intimate appreciation of the topography and desert life of this region."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"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 long-pants excursion or your legs will suffer on both the basic trail and the side trip to Quail Mountain. Evidence of wildlife is considerably more plentiful on the first 5 miles of the trail from Covington Flat—deer, sheep, rabbits, rodents, coyotes—than elsewhere on the trail. A long, but gentle point-to-point hike in open desert, washes, and canyons, with an optional side trip to the Lang Cabin and Mine up Johnny Lang Canyon."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
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