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The Best Backpacking in Joshua Tree National Park

Looking for the best backpacking in Joshua Tree National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Joshua Tree National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Joshua Tree National Park

  • Riverside County, California

    Backcountry Camp in Joshua Tree

    5.0
    2 mi
    Backcountry camping can be done at various locations throughout the park (13 different locations). Upon arrival to the park, you will be given a map and can backcountry camp from any of the locations marked with a "B".At these locations you will find a backcountry registration board. It's extrem...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Conejo Well and Eagle Mountains Trail

    13.36 mi / 1115 ft gain
    Conejo Well and Eagle Mountains Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mecca, California.
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  • Riverside County, California

    Pushawalla Plateau and Canyon Trail

    9.78 mi / 2493 ft gain
    Pushawalla Plateau and Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Indio, California.
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Pine City Canyon Trail

    4.02 mi / 187 ft gain
    The Pine City Canyon Trail features beautiful wildflowers in the spring. As you approach Pine Canyon, the views become very unique: there's a large gash in a rock that is Pine Canyon. The canyon stretches for quite a distance and the view is amazing. The rock formations are very unique. When you...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Joshua Tree Queen Mountain

    5.91 mi / 1207 ft gain
    Joshua Tree Queen Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Keys View Road to Pinto Basin Road

    10.82 mi / 322 ft gain
    Keys View Road to Pinto Basin Road is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Twentynine Palms, California.
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Tour Keys Desert Queen Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park

    Joshua Tree National Park flawlessly combines otherworldly landscapes, incredible recreational opportunities, and a colorful, wild-west history. Before it was a national park, Joshua Tree was home to cattle rustlers, gunslingers, miners, and rugged homesteaders.   One of the most quirky characte...
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  • Twentynine Palms, California

    Boy Scout's Trail in Joshua Tree

    4.5
    16.12 mi / 1539 ft gain
    The Boy Scout trail connects the main part of the National Park to the outer rim campground, Indian Cove Campground. All backcountry overnight trips must be registered at a registration board (free, self-registration). Start this trip at the registration board located in either Indian Cove Campgr...
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  • Mountain Center, California

    Quail Mountain from Covington Crest Trailhead

    37.35 mi / 2825 ft gain
    Quail Mountain from Covington Crest Trailhead is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Joshua Tree, California.
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  • Yucca Valley, California

    Backpack the California Riding and Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree

    36.97 mi / 2792 ft gain
    The starting point for this hike is at the Black Rock campground, 5 miles from the town of Yucca Valley. You'll need to self register for a free backcountry permit before starting. The first section of the trail follows a wash then the trail narrows and, after only a mile or two, you'll begin cl...
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  • Palm Springs, California

    Palm Canyon Trail

    4.5
    The fifteen mile long Palm Canyon, one of the Indian Canyons, is among the most beautiful natural sites in Western North America. Its indigenous flora and fauna, expertly used by the Cahuilla people, and its abundant Washingtonia Filifera (California Fan Palm) stand in breathtaking contrast to th...
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  • Morongo Valley, California

    Big Morongo Canyon Trail

    11.65 mi / 1401 ft gain
    Big Morongo Canyon Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Morongo Valley, California.
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  • Palm Springs, California

    San Jacinto through Humber Park

    12.27 mi / 2500 ft gain
    San Jacinto through Humber Park is a point-to-point trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Palm Springs, California.
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  • Palm Springs, California

    San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway

    10 mi / 2546 ft gain
    San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Palm Springs, California.
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  • Borrego Springs, California

    Pyramid Peak, Rosa Point and Mile High

    15.91 mi / 6165 ft gain
    Pyramid Peak, Rosa Point and Mile High is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Borrego Springs, California.
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  • Borrego Springs, California

    Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail

    23.94 mi / 7178 ft gain
    Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Borrego Springs, California.
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