Night Shoot at Arch Rock

Los Angeles Arch Rock Trailhead

Added by Juan Moreno

  • The thrill of hiking at night in this crazy landscape
  • An astrophotographer's paradise for shooting the Milky Way
  • The abundance of stars and lack of light make this trail unbelievable

If you're setting up camp, be sure to check out White Tank Campground, which is home to one of the most epic rock formations. The Arch is located here. It's only about 1/2 round trip of walking to this spot. Geology Tour Road offers some flat wide open views of Joshua Trees in all directions. If you're up for it, Hall of Horrors has a whole new meaning at night. Its literally a hall between 2 giant rock formations. If you don't mind Wildlife, you may see some at night. Keep a sharp eye and watch where you step or place your hands. Watch out for snakes during warmer weather.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Backpack or camera backpack
  • Camera
  • LED headlamp
  • Utility knife
  • First aid kit
  • Proper attire depending on time of year as it can be hot or really cold at night
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn, Winter

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Features:

Scenic
Wildlife

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How to Get There

11 months ago

Amazing Location

Visited for the full moon on February 22, 2016. Drive from Palm Springs was about one hour and fifteen minutes. If you want to get the best sunset shot through the arch I would recommend getting there early. The arch was already crowded with about six photographers with all their gear set up in the best locations. Got some great evening shots under the full moon.

11 months ago

almost 2 years ago

Looking forward to heading out to Joshua Tree in April. This is great, thanks.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Excellent spot for astrophotography!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Yes, this is a great spot, and easy to walk to even if you arrive after dark. Here's my night shot from here: http://gallery.tracinglight.com/featured/ha5d6606 The best way to do this is get a campsite at White Tank and spend the entire night. Then you can come back at sunrise and get a shot like this of the sun coming through the arch: http://gallery.tracinglight.com/featured/h2cda9ff8

about 2 years ago

Added by Juan Moreno

Photography is my passion. In order to photograph beautiful places, you have to go out and look for them.

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