Skull Rock Nature Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Elevation Gain398ft
Trailhead Elevation4,424ft
Elevation Min/Max4331/4449ft
Elevation Start/End4424/4424ft

Skull Rock Nature Trail

Skull Rock Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 4,424 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 398 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. The Skull Rock can be seen along the trail.

Skull Rock Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A hike up Ryan Mountain provides a spectacular panorama from the center of the park. The route is steep in places, with rocky steps, but the reward in achieving the summit is worth the effort."

"The trail is haphazardly marked with rocks and not always clear. Although the eroded boulders are a spectacular sight, the information provided is not thematic. An easy nature loop through interesting rock formations, with periodic informational signs."

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Skull Rock and Jumbo Rocks are two more highly popular scenic attractions in Joshua Tree National Park. This super short 1.7 mile hike (2 miles if you wander through the campground like we did), is another must-do hike for anyone wanting to soak in the majesty of Joshua Tree. It’s easily reachable from the park’s northern Loop Road, and is engaging enough even for young kids — particularly with all the cool rocks to climb. (Date hiked: February 18, 2013.) Read full write-up at:

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Joshua Tree National Park
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Oct 2018