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1,003 mi 1,614 km of trail 44 Runs

Gems 23 Gems Easy Trails 158 Trails Intermediate Trails 81 Trails Hard Trails 12 Trails
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Gems in Deserts - 23

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gem Favorite Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are great fun to explore.

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes

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

Zabriske Point

(33) Badwater, CA
gem Favorite 282 ft below sea level in Badwater Basin.

Badwater Basin

(28) 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

(30) 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

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

Ryan Mountain

(15) 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

(15) Twentyn…, CA

Runs 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 • Loop • 112 ft Ascent 34.11 m Ascent

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

Ryan Mountain Trail

2.9 mi 4.7 km • Out and Back • 1,029 ft Ascent 313.74 m Ascent

(56) Twentyn…, CA
Favorite amazing view from trail
Difficult

Cactus to Clouds: Palm Springs - Mt. San Jacinto

14.4 mi 23.3 km • Point to Point • 10,444 ft Ascent 3183.21 m Ascent

(36) Palm Sp…, CA
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.
Easy

Barker Dam Nature Trail

1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 49 ft Ascent 14.81 m Ascent

(41) 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

Ladder Canyon Hike

4.5 mi 7.2 km • Loop • 863 ft Ascent 262.94 m Ascent

(19) Mecca, CA
Favorite Badwater Baby!!!
Easy/Intermediate

Badwater Basin Crossing

6.5 mi 10.4 km • Point to Point • 25 ft Ascent 7.58 m Ascent

(26) Badwater, CA
Favorite Beginning of the Trail
Intermediate

Lost Palms Oasis

7.3 mi 11.8 km • Out and Back • 1,012 ft Ascent 308.33 m Ascent

(24) Indio, CA
Favorite Darwin Falls cascades peacefully down the rocks into a pool below.
Easy/Intermediate

Darwin Falls

2.1 mi 3.4 km • Out and Back • 425 ft Ascent 129.44 m Ascent

(15) Searles…, CA

Trails in Deserts - 207

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

Photos of Deserts - 788

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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
Returning from an out and back on the Boy Scout Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Joshua…, CA
The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
Feb 23, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
hikers
Oct 12, 2018 near Badwater, CA
Milky Way and Arch Rock
Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
Admiring a Pink Sunset
Sep 27, 2017 near Badwater, CA
Looking south from Telescope Peak at sunset.
Oct 4, 2017 near Badwater, CA

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