Hike Ryan Mountain

2.9 miles 1070 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Matt Purciel

Great easy to moderate hike that leads to 360 degree views of Joshua Tree National Park.

One of the most prominent peaks in Joshua Tree National Park in Ryan Mountain. It's centrally located rising to a total of 5,456 feet above the valley floor. The trail to the peak is a moderate hike with a little over 1,000 feet elevation gain with panoramic views of Lost Horse Valley, Queen Valley, and Pleasant Valley.  And it’s popular reputation is all well deserved. 

There's pretty much just one path straight up the mountain so it's not hard to find. The path itself is very well constructed but does have many jagged boulders and uneven ground. 

If you're hiking Ryan Mountain in the winter, check out this adventure: https://www.theoutbound.com/sa....

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Start Early

Hiked 6/20/20 as a one day solo summer adventure. Began the hike at 7:00 A.M. after a 2 hour drive from West Covina, CA. I was glad I got an early start as there was already an intense heat on the way down. I always carry 3 liters of water, which was much needed. You would think this is a short hike, but the elevation gain is no joke. Take your time and enjoy it, no need to rush as long as you start early. I had the summit all to myself for about 10 minutes. Must do hike at JTNP!

Awesome hike!

Just as with any hike, one has to be prepared with proper equipment, clothes, hydration, rest, and fuel. Overall, it was a moderate hike. Early morning start is suggested to avoid heat and sun rays. At the top feeling accomplished, the breeze made the all the hike better. Appreciate the view. Don’t forget to add a rock to the pile!

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about 3 years ago

Some Of The Only Elevation In JTNP

Great little hike in JTNP. Pretty straightforward, nothing hard. Offers a very unique view of the park from above. Glad I did it!

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