The closest National Park Unit to Los Angeles (in travel time), Joshua Tree is known as one of the world’s best rock climbing areas, but the desert hiking is fantastic, too. Straddling the transition zone between high and low deserts, trails here climb up prominent peaks, meander through cactus gardens, reach hidden oases, and wander near the ruins of ghost towns. Fantastic stargazing and wilderness camping make this park a must-visit in the cooler months.

Viewing 17 of 17 Hikes

Cholla Cactus Garden

Cholla Cactus Garden

Distance: 0.33 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 22 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Distance: 1 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 20 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Inspiration Peak

Inspiration Peak

Distance: 1.2 mi

Time: 0.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Arch Rock to Grand Tank

Arch Rock to Grand Tank

Distance: 1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 140 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Barker Dam Loop

Barker Dam Loop

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 70 ft

Difficulty: Beginner

Pinto Basin Sand Dunes

Pinto Basin Sand Dunes

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 65 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Ryan Mountain

Ryan Mountain

Distance: 2.9 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1070 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Wonderland Ranch / Wall Street Mill

Wonderland Ranch / Wall Street Mill

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 1.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 20 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mastodon Peak

Mastodon Peak

Distance: 3 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 470 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Queen Mountain

Queen Mountain

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1121 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Pine City

Pine City

Distance: 4.4 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 530 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Panorama Loop from Black Rock Canyon Campground

Panorama Loop from Black Rock Canyon Campground

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1273 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lost Horse Mine

Lost Horse Mine

Distance: 6.7 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1215 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Johnny Lang Canyon

Johnny Lang Canyon

Distance: 6 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 780 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

The Maze

The Maze

Distance: 6.5 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lost Palms Oasis

Lost Palms Oasis

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 491 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Willow Hole

Willow Hole

Distance: 7 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

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