Indian Cove Picnic Area to Rattlesnake Canyon

Twentynine Palms, California

Indian Cove Picnic Area to Rattlesnake Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"This rigorous day hike leads to one of the most fascinating landscapes in Joshua Tree National Park—the rockbound monzogranite expanse of the Wonderland of Rocks. The Wonderland of Rocks is exactly what the name implies.To many climbers and boulder scramblers, it is paradise. The Wonderland covers approximately 10 square miles, from Barker Dam in the south to Indian Cove in the north. It is a region of highly eroded boulders and rock formations composed of the granitic rock monzogranite. The area supports little vegetation, and much of what does grow here often grows right out of solid rock.This region is much more arid than the western part of the park, and the vegetation reflects the drier, harsher conditions. This trip is for more experienced hikers who are well acquainted with cross-country boulder scrambling.There is no true destination other than the Wonderland itself. Having trekked a short distance into Rattlesnake Canyon, hikers are free to explore the boulders and rock formations in any direction. Hikers are urged, however, to go at least as far as the waterfall area, 0.5 mile upcanyon, where a small seasonal creek falls over solid rock, forming many lovely pools between cascades. Cool rest spots abound where jumbled boulders create small, cavelike rooms."

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Trail Information

Twentynine Palms
Nearby City
153 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
30 minutes to 2 hours
Best October through mid-May
3,017 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,170 feet
Top Elevation
Joshua Tree National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Indian Cove
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018