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Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree
by Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)
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 massive granite formations. Highlights: A valley surrounded by mounds of monzogranite.
Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park
by Bob Gaines (Falcon Guides)
This area is the central hub of climbing activity in the park, and a traditional gathering and meeting spot for climbers. Hidden Valley Campground is the favored campsite by climbers due to its central location, stunning scenery, and proximity to major rock formations and bouldering areas.
Hiking California's Desert Parks
by Bill & Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)
The trail from the parking area winds upward through the boulders to Hidden Valley. This part of the trail consists of old asphalt, so following it is easy. The rest of the journey is unpaved but clearly marked with signs, arrows, or fallen logs. There is some low-intensity rock walking, but a bright new wooden bridge takes you over the most challenging part. Many possible pathways diverge in all directions within the valley. Most are created by the numerous adventuresome rock climbers who are attracted to the massive blocks of granite that create the valley walls. It is likely that you will hear them and see them on your hike. This self-guided trail emphasizes the area's history as it travels the perimeter of Hidden Valley with very little change in elevation.
This is a very easy trail that stays mostly flat for its entire length. The scenery is representative of the park and provides a nice overview if you only have a short time to spend in the park. Bring water and sunscreen. Even in January it was pretty warm.
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