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The Best Hiking in Mojave National Preserve

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

Top hiking spots in and near Mojave National Preserve

  • San Bernardino County, California

    Hike the Barber Peak Loop Trail

    5.7 mi / 672 ft gain
    The Barber Peak Loop Trail is very well marked, crossing a number of four wheel roads and cow paths. The north end of the trail eventually meets up with the Hole in the Wall trail, if you want to extend your hike. The abundance of barrel cacti and succulents on the West side of the loop is one of...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail

    1.37 mi / 161 ft gain
    Hole-in-the-Wall Rings Trail is a heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cima, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Barber Peak Loop Trail

    5.7 mi / 735 ft gain
    Barber Peak Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see wildflowers located near Essex, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Explore the North Mid Hills Trail

    1.6 mi / 91 ft gain
    The North Mid Hills Trail is a great opportunity to see wildlife (coyote, jack rabbits, cattle). The trail ranges from soft and sandy to firm and rocky. This hike circles around the Mid Hills Campground. For information on camping in Mojave National Preserve, click here. Dogs are allowed on the t...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    North Mid Hills Trail

    1.62 mi / 108 ft gain
    North Mid Hills Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Nipton, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Hike Rock Spring Loop Trail

    1.5 mi / 100 ft gain
    The Rock Spring Loop trail is an easy to follow 1.5-mile hike in the Mojave National Preserve.  The hike starts in the parking lot, where you walk through a gate, past a sign welcoming visitors to "come on up", to the historic Rock House.  The Rock House is about a tenth of a mile up the trail fr...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Rock Spring Loop

    1.43 mi / 167 ft gain
    Rock Spring Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cima, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Hike Kelso Dunes

    4.5
    There is no particular route to the top of Kelso Dunes from the trailhead – the wind is constantly moving the sands (and trail) around. Instead, follow the footsteps in the sand, avoid the vegetation, and aim for the tallest peak. It is pretty hard to get lost as you can see the parking lot from ...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Kelso Dunes Trail

    2.94 mi / 531 ft gain
    Kelso Dunes Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Amboy, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Explore the Mojave Lava Beds

    1 mi / 321 ft gain
    This trail is open for use year-round, but temperatures can get very hot in the summer. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. The stones are a little loose - so trekking poles or a walking stick is recommended.  If you are spending the night in Mojave National Preserve, please...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Lava Tube Trail

    0.51 mi / 72 ft gain
    Lava Tube Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Baker, California.
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Explore the Mojave Desert Lava Tube

    4.7
    0.1 mi / 20 ft gain
    When visiting the Lava Tubes, you must have a full tank of gas, radiator coolant, and a couple gallons of water before you enter the Mojave Desert Preserve! The preserve doesn't offer any services other than the occasional place to fill up on water.From The North: From Baker, CA on Interstate 15,...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Hike Teutonia Peak in Mojave National Preserve

    5.0
    3 mi / 700 ft gain
    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 Tree...
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  • San Bernardino County, California

    Camp at Hole In the Wall Campground

    5.0
    You may think a desert is barren and ugly with little to offer the avid outdoorsman. The truth is very far from that. The Mojave, like any other great outdoor location offers great hikes, amazing views, wildlife, and a night sky that is hard to beat anywhere else. The Mojave just like all great d...
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  • Amboy, California

    Amboy Crater

    3.96 mi / 528 ft gain
    Amboy Crater is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Amboy, California.
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  • Searchlight, Nevada

    Hike the Grapevine Canyon Trail

    5.0
    3.6 mi / 469 ft gain
    The hike features a waterfall and historical petroglyphs. The hike rewards you with a stunning view of the Colorado River Valley and three waterfalls. The trail is named after the scenic grapevines that stretch along canyon walls. The waterfalls are seasonal only, and may not be running in the la...
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