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1,010 mi 1,626 km of trail 44 Recommended Routes

Gems 23 Gems Easy Trails 83 Trails Intermediate Trails 142 Trails Hard Trails 31 Trails
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gem Favorite Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are great fun to explore.

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

(43) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.

Zabriske Point

(35) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

(30) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Person screen left following trail drops to valley floor, what a view! Boulders, brush and cactus a plenty oh my! This is trail counter-clockwise and start of W side leg after dam wall. About 315pm so facing W rocks are in shadow.

Barker Dam

(31) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Droves of cholla are highlighted by the setting sun at Cholla Cactus Garden. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.

Cholla Cactus Garden

(36) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.

Ryan Mountain

(18) Twentyn…, CA
gem Favorite Dante's View. Death Valley National Park.

Dante's View

(15) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite Milky Way over Arch Rock

Arch Rock

(16) Twentyn…, CA

Recommended Routes in Deserts - 44

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Favorite A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.
Easy/Intermediate

Hidden Valley Nature Trail

1.0 mi 1.7 km 112' Up 34.11 m Up 111' Down 33.97 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ryan Mountain Trail

2.9 mi 4.7 km 1,029' Up 313.74 m Up 1,028' Down 313.4 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Sunrise and the Salton Sea down the valley
Very Difficult

Cactus to Clouds: Palm Springs - Mt. San Jacinto

14.4 mi 23.3 km 10,444' Up 3183.21 m Up 172' Down 52.29 m Down

Palm Sp…, CA
Favorite Petroglyphs on Barker Dam nature trail. Park has excellent signage; directional and info. You can easily see this formation 30-50ft off trail next to info sign. Trail is behind and to the left, and continues back to trailhead. Facing S @ 330pm.
Easy/Intermediate

Barker Dam Nature Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km 49' Up 14.81 m Up 48' Down 14.77 m Down

Twentyn…, CA
Favorite Although the surroundings are pretty barren, there is still some plant life in the wide wash of the Painted Canyon Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Ladder Canyon Hike

4.5 mi 7.2 km 863' Up 262.94 m Up 866' Down 263.88 m Down

Mecca, CA
Favorite Badwater Basin
Easy/Intermediate

Badwater Basin Crossing

6.5 mi 10.4 km 25' Up 7.58 m Up 12' Down 3.63 m Down

Badwater, CA
Favorite Beginning of the Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Lost Palms Oasis

7.3 mi 11.8 km 1,012' Up 308.33 m Up 1,011' Down 308.17 m Down

Indio, CA
Favorite Darwin Falls cascades peacefully down the rocks into a pool below.
Intermediate

Darwin Falls

2.1 mi 3.4 km 425' Up 129.44 m Up 425' Down 129.39 m Down

Searles…, CA

Trails in Deserts - 212

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2.8 mi 4.5 km #1Golden Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
Badwater, CA 22 
37.6 mi 60.5 km #2California Riding and Hiking Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #3Ladder Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Mecca, CA
Intermediate
Mecca, CA
4.5 mi 7.3 km #4South Lykken Trail
Difficult
Palm Springs, CA
Difficult
Palm Springs, CA
0.8 mi 1.2 km #5Antelope Trail South Loop
Easy
Green Valley, CA
Easy
Green Valley, CA
2.5 mi 4.1 km #6Fern Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
0.8 mi 1.3 km #7Hagen Canyon
Easy
California City, CA
Easy
California City, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #8Poppy Trail Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Green Valley, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #9Johnny Lang Connector
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #10Fan Canyon View
Easy/Intermediate
Sky Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Sky Valley, CA
1.7 mi 2.8 km #11Goat Trail
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
Intermediate
Cathedral City, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km #12Boy Scout Trail
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA
Intermediate
Joshua Tree, CA 10 
4.9 mi 7.9 km #13West Side Loop Trail
Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
Intermediate
Yucca Valley, CA
7.1 mi 11.5 km #14Stubbe Springs Loop Trail
Intermediate
Sky Valley, CA
Intermediate
Sky Valley, CA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #15Gower Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Intermediate
Badwater, CA 16 
0.6 mi 0.9 km #16Dante's View Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Badwater, CA
1.5 mi 2.5 km #17Keane Wonder Mine
Difficult
Beatty, NV
Difficult
Beatty, NV
8.0 mi 12.9 km #18Boo Hoff Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
La Quinta, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
La Quinta, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #19Willow Hole Trail
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #20Split Rock Loop Trail
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA
Intermediate
Twentynine Palms, CA 18 

Photos of Deserts - 813

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Milky Way over Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
Amazing views! Death Valley - Zabriskie Point.
Jan 27, 2016 near Badwater, CA
The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Feb 23, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
Returning from an out and back on the Boy Scout Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Joshua…, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
hikers
Oct 12, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Sunset at Joshua Tree National Park.
Apr 2, 2020 near Twentyn…, CA
Badwater Basin
Mar 31, 2020 near Badwater, CA