• Activities:

    Photography, Running, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    700 Feet

Easy Parking

Hike through the largest grove of Joshua Trees in the world while climbing to the top of Teutonia Peak, offering sweeping views of Cima Dome and the surrounding Mojave Desert. If you want an alternative to the crowds of Joshua Tree NP this is it! 

Teutonia Peak is a rocky 5,755-foot mountain on the edge of Cima Dome in the north east section of Mojave National Preserve. The dome is 1,500 feet tall is the most symmetrical dome of its type in the United States.

The hike starts with a gradual trail through an impressive forest of Joshua Trees along with other varieties of yuccas as you hike up the edge of the granite Cima Dome.

At just under one mile from the start, Teutonia Peak Trail makes a sharp bend to the right, passing a jeep trail on the left to Teutonia Silver Mine, in operation from 1896-1906. Then just past this unmarked junction, the trail heads east to a single track trail up Teutonia Peak.

Approaching the lower slopes of Teutonia Peak, the ascent begins in earnest, climbing over 600 feet in elevation in just under a quarter of a mile.  The trail reaches a saddle as the views open up to the west. Hike around giant boulders and barrel cactus as you make the accent to the top.  Close to the summit the trail ends you will be treated with almost 360 degree views with the amazing Cima Dome to the west, wonderland of rocks to the north and mountain ranges to the east. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Light jacket if it's windy
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