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Mission Creek Trail

Desert Hot Springs, California

15.33 mi / 1594 ft gain

Mesquite Trail Loop

Morongo Valley, California

0.54 mi / 36 ft gain

Big Morongo Canyon Trail

Morongo Valley, California

11.65 mi / 1401 ft gain

Tramway Road to Bottom Station

Palm Springs, California

7.67 mi / 1991 ft gain

North Carl Lykken Trail to Falls Overlook

Palm Springs, California

4.91 mi / 2579 ft gain

Whitewater Ranger Station to Cottonwood TH via PCT

9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, California

7.79 mi / 1421 ft gain

Whitewater Canyon View Loop Trail

9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, California

3.69 mi / 627 ft gain

Whitewater River via Visitor Center

9160 Whitewater Canyon Road, California

3.09 mi / 604 ft gain

Red Dome via Pacific Crest Trail

Whitewater, California

4.3 mi / 387 ft gain

Places to stay

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA

Riverside County, California

Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA

Black Rock Equestrian Campground

Yucca Valley, California

Black Rock Equestrian Campground

From $20 / night

Black Mountain (San Bernardino)

Black Mountain Truck Trail

Black Mountain (San Bernardino)

Boulder Basin

Black Mountain Trail

Boulder Basin

Fern Basin

Riverside County, California

Fern Basin

Coon Creek Group Campground

Angelus Oaks, California

Coon Creek Group Campground

Guides and stories

Photo Essay: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park

Photo Essay: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park

Kevin Tangney

5 Things to Know Before Adventuring in Joshua Tree National Park

5 Things to Know Before Adventuring in Joshua Tree National Park

Brynn Schmidt

Do Not Eat Hot Wings Before Hiking

Do Not Eat Hot Wings Before Hiking

Aaron Rickel Jones

24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

Holly Mandarich

My First Trip Down to Joshua Tree National Park

My First Trip Down to Joshua Tree National Park

Benjamin Canevari

Southern California's Off-Season Gems: Mojave, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, and Joshua Tree

Southern California's Off-Season Gems: Mojave, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, and Joshua Tree

Tyler McKay

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