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California Riding and Hiking Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California
Distance28.8mi
Elevation Gain6,221ft
Trailhead Elevation2,884ft
Top5,024ft
Elevation Min/Max2839/5024ft
Elevation Start/End2884/2884ft

California Riding and Hiking Trail

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 28.8 miles long and begins at 2,884 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 57.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,221 feet. Along the trail there is a bare rock. This trail connects with the following: Trail, Squaw Tank Trail, X-Country Route, Geology Tour Road and Stubby Springs Trail.
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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. These sections feature a fairly broad pathway; the final 4.4 miles are on a trail as wide as a city sidewalk. In spite of its title, there is minimal horse usage. We never saw a hoofprint on our hike. Two sections of the California Riding and Hiking Trail hiked as a single unit (11 miles) for a point-to-point day hike or broken into 6.5 and 4.4-mile one-way units."

Trail Information

Joshua Tree National Park
Nearby City
Joshua Tree National Park
Parks
Joshua Tree National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Keys View Loop and Malapai Hill
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