Hidden Valley Trail Joshua Tree National Park hike California
For an introduction to plant and wildlife in Joshua Tree National Park, visit Hidden Valley. This one-mile loop circles a small valley that is surrounded by tall boulders. Hidden Valley Trail shows off Joshua Tree's rocky landscapes and is a great place to climb around. Hidden Valley Nature Trail Take the path from the parking lot between rock walls into Hidden Valley. After climbing... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bouldering · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 75 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 10, 2018
Indian Cove Joshua Tree National Park camping and hiking
Beyond its 101-site campground, Indian Cove offers a 0.6-mile long interpretive trail, a picnic area, and plenty of rocks for climbers. The picnic area serves as the starting point for an unmaintained trail up Rattlesnake Canyon. The rock formations around Indian Cove are perfect for bouldering, rock hopping, and more serious climbing. Have some fun in the sun and burn some calories leaping... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bouldering · National Parks · Off Trail · Tent Camping · Twentynine Palms
Distance: 0.6 miles · Elevation change: 25 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
New York Peak Trail Mojave National Preserve hike
The New York Mountains are a micro-range in the northeast corner of Mojave National Preserve. The highest peak in the range (7,533 feet) offers a sprawling desert vista, and is considerably easier to reach than other peaks in Mojave, which require slower hiking around cacti and other obstacles. Those driving a low clearance vehicle will not be able to make it all the way up the dirt road... Read more.
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Tagged with · Desert Canyons · Free Trails · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 7 miles · Elevation change: 2400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
Kelso Dunes Mojave National Preserve sand dunes hike
The Kelso Dunes cover 45 square miles and rise 650 feet above the desert floor. What do you do with such a big pile of sand? Climb it! Even if you have hiked other dunes before, Kelso will be an interesting experience. The 3-mile round trip hike to the top features fantastic views of the surrounding dunes and peaks in Mojave National Preserve. The start of Kelso Dunes Trail A... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Off Trail · Sand Dunes
Distance: 3 miles · Elevation change: 470 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
Grotto Canyon Hike Death Valley National Park California Hiking Trail
More than a hike, Grotto Canyon in an adventure. The unmarked road leading up the canyon does not show up on park maps, and the canyon itself has an undeveloped feeling of discovery. Rock obstacles in narrow sections of the canyon require some technical climbing, so this is not a stroll for beginners (nearby Mosaic Canyon is more appropriate for those hikers). Grotto Canyon The gravel... Read more.
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Tagged with · Desert Canyons · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 625 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 7, 2017
Death Valley Sand Dunes
The most visible (but not the largest) sand dunes in Death Valley National Park are the Mesquite Flat Dunes. A small parking lot located off Highway 190, two miles south of Stove Pipe Wells offers a great starting point for a trek out to the dunes. There is no formal trail to follow, just strike out for the high sands, which are reachable within a half mile. Cross the ridges and aim for... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Off Trail · Sand Dunes
Distance: 3 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: July 2, 2021
Malibu Creek State Park Rock Pool Century Lake gorge off trail hike cliff jumping
Between Rock Pool and Century Lake in Malibu Creek State Park lies a large C-shaped gorge that can be traversed by experienced hikers who are willing to get wet and engage in a bit of rock climbing. Dangerous conditions may occur and this hike is not recommended for most hikers. Your safety is your responsibility. To get to Rock Pool, leave the main trailhead parking area and begin... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: July 2, 2021
Zuma Canyon Narrows Zuma Ridge Loop Hike Malibu Santa Monica Mountains
This demanding 8-mile loop includes two miles off-trail, trekking through a lush untamed canyon. Begin the loop on Zuma Canyon Trail. The sandy single track traverses a brushy open space, crossing and following a stony creek bed. After 1.4 miles, Zuma Canyon narrows and the trail dissolves. The true challenge begins! Woolsey Fire Update: Zuma Canyon is closed following the November 2018... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 7, 2018

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