Exploring the Forgotten Canyon

    Rate this Adventure

    Added by Cameron Gardner

    Just outside of Joshua TreeCamping nearby at Indian Cove CampgroundNo real set trailsRock climbing in the areaMuch less crowded than inside the parkBeautiful scenery similar to Joshua TreeNo park entrance feeSolitude

    This is an adventure where you probably won't have the same experience as the last person that went to the same area. At the trailhead which is basically in someones campground we just set off east into the desert. From what I remember there really wasn't a specific trail. We just headed out east, we did had someone who knew our destination leading us. Along the way you will pass tons of bushes and cactus, so make sure to keep an eye out where you are walking. Also it's good to keep an eye out for rattle snakes in this area while hiking around.

    We were headed east for quite a while and along the way we passed some pretty large rock formations on our right. All of the rock formations that we passed had rock climbing routes accesible. Once we had hiked for a little over a mile we headed south (towards Joshua Tree) and went up into a remote canyon. Our plan was to do some rock climbing and highlining high above the canyon. This area is technically not part of Joshua Tree although it looks very similar with the same kind of rocks and desert life.

    From the trailhead you can really make your own path and own adventure. It doesn't have to be identical to anyone else's path. This area is a great place to get off the beaten path and find some solitude in the desert. If you want to rock climb bring some trad and sport gear. It's also just nice to hike around to explore the desert without any real destination. Just make sure you know how to get back! We hiked back in the dark after having a little fire in the secluded canyon that we hung out at for the day. It was relatively easy to find our way back, just watch out for the cactus in the dark!

    If you do plan on going out here make sure you are prepared with enough water and food. It can be really easy to get lost in a place like this if you aren't prepared or know what you are doing. The hiking is relatively easy and flat throughout the area. The canyon we went up though was class 2 and 3 climbing/scrambling. You definitely don't need ropes but you have to be careful because some huge rocks can be loose or have large drop offs. The rocks in this area are also very rough and can cut up your hands easily. Once you climb up any of the canyons you can get a great view of the desert from above. You can see Twentynine Palms and other cities off in the distance.

    This is a great place to go on a day hike and then head back to your camp at Indian Cove afterwards. There is also rock climbing within Indian Cove if you don't want to venture too far off into the desert.

    Read More
    Rock Climbing
    Chillin
    Camping
    Photography
    Hiking
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Groups
    Scenic

    Go Pro.

    We're committed to building a better, more inclusive home for the modern outdoors. Go PRO to support our mission and get benefits like gear deals, no ads, and more!

    Learn More

    Reviews

    Have you done this adventure? Be the first to leave a review!

    Leave No Trace

    Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

    Stay Nearby

    Twentynine Palms, California

    Indian Cove Campground

    From $20/night

    Joshua Tree, California

    Nevada Trail Cabin

    From $162.50/night

    Yucca Valley, California

    Black Rock Equestrian Campground

    From $20/night

    Desert Hot Springs, California

    New Listing! Pike Oasis W/ Pool & Hot Tub

    From $555/night

    Nearby Adventures

    Canyoneer Joshua Tree's Rattlesnake Slot Canyon

    Hike the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

    5.0
    3 mi / 500 ft gain

    Tour Keys Desert Queen Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park

    Backpack the Boy Scout's Trail in Joshua Tree

    4.5
    8 mi / 600 ft gain
    More Nearby Adventures