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You’ll feel like you’re in a cartoon setting when you hike through Joshua Tree National Park. Mormon immigrants came across…

By Chan , in Travel , at December 1, 2022

You’ll feel like you’re in a cartoon setting when you hike through Joshua Tree National Park. Mormon immigrants came across the desert to see the trees with their limbs extended, welcoming them to the land. They named the tree Joshua after the biblical character.

The Best Joshua Tree Hiking Trails

Joshua trees look just like what you’d draw in primary school. Even more impressive is the fact that it’s not a tree. It’s a plant. They are part of the Agave Family. Joshua Tree hikes offer a lot of adventure, are rugged, and are sprinkled with Joshua Trees.

You have two dessert options when hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado and Mojave Deserts, plus the pink and greystone landscapes. The Joshua Tree, also known as Yucca Brevifolia in Latin, is more prevalent in the Mojave Desert than in the Colorado desert. No matter which side you choose, you will see things you have never seen.

How to Get to Joshua Tree

Driving is the best way to reach Joshua Tree National Park. We visited Joshua Tree National Park during a road trip across California. You can fly to Palm Springs and rent an automobile or see it as part of the larger California Road Trip. It’s 140 miles from Los Angeles. You can take a shorter trip if you are short on time. This Jeep Tour departs from Palm Springs and takes you through rugged backcountry roads, Coachella Valley, Coachella Valley, and remote areas of Joshua Tree. It is a climate-controlled SUV.

Ryan Mountain Trail

Ryan Mountain Trail hikers must carry lots of water because it can get boiling. This park is deserted, so that you won’t find much shade, so heat is expected. The hike is approximately 2.9 miles long and is moderately strenuous in the summer heat.

Ryan Mountain’s hike will take you up to 1069 feet. Although climbing up Ryan Mountain is more brutal, you’ll climb many stone steps. However, these steps provide excellent footing. You will be rewarded with stunning views along the way. The summit views offer spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets.

Park Boulevard is approximately 2 miles east of Keys View Road to reach Ryan Mountain’s trailhead. You will find the turnoff for the trail, as well as a parking area and restrooms.

Are you without a car? This Driving Tour to Joshua Tree shows the highlights of Joshua Tree National Park, including Hidden Valley, Colorado and Mojave Deserts, Park Visitor Center, Hidden Valley, and Keys View for optional nature hikes.

Hidden Valley Trail

This is an excellent Joshua Tree hike for everyone. This is a very popular trail for both beginners and professionals. Hidden Valley Nature Trail is a loop trail that runs for 1 mile and has an elevation gain of 114 feet.

Hidden Valley Trailhead can be found at Hidden Valley Picnic Area, about 20 miles from Oasis Visitor Center. Picnic tables are available if you need to grab a bite before setting out.

Before you reach the valley floor, you’ll need to scramble on rocks. This will allow you to better look at the old rock formations. You will find Joshua trees everywhere, creating a stunning desert landscape wherever you go. It is a shorter hike than other Joshua Tree National Park hikes, but hikers love it because of the stunning landscapes.

It’s a great Joshua Tree trail for families with young children because it isn’t too strenuous and offers breathtaking views. Many informative signs can be found along the route, which is excellent for learning more about the area’s geography.

Warren Peak Trail

This Joshua Tree hike will take you to the Little San Bernardino Mountains at elevations greater than 5000 feet. The Warren Peak Trailhead can be reached from the Black Rock Campground, near campsite 30. You can also see the Black Rock Canyon and access the Black Rock Canyon Trail or Black Rock Spring.

You will encounter several junctions before reaching the trail. Be sure to look for signs that read WP before you go. Warren Peak Trail is considered difficult due to its steep and rugged climb, but it is worth it.

You will see the Coachella Valley, Mojave, and Mount San Gorgonio, the highest point in Southern California. Although it’s a long hike, it’s a great day hike if you stay at Black Rock Campground. Make sure to reserve your campsites in advance.