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Length

8.3 Miles 13.3 Kilometers

95%

Runnable

Elevation

199' 61 m

Ascent

-1,374' -419 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

4,182' 1,275 m

High

2,863' 873 m

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A great descent from Joshua Tree forest through monzogranite boulder mountains.

Peter Bugg

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I have not run this trail, but the terrain is pretty smooth, and nothing too steep. The only part that would be less than ideal is a few sections in washes in the northern area of the trail that are a little sandy and slow.

Description [Suggest Changes]

From the southern trailhead, where there is a backcountry board, sizeable parking lot, and bathrooms (but no water) the trail goes north, descending gradually through a classic Joshua Tree forest. After about 1.2 miles, there is a side trail to Willow Hole, which is nice, but not amazing. If you stay on the main trail, it continues through the J-Tree forest until it starts to descend more quickly though monzogranite boulder piles that are typical of the northern edge of the park between the towns of Joshua Tree and 29 Palms.

The last mile or so drags on a little bit, as you can see town, but as there are few markers, distances can be deceptive so you don't know how far you have to go to get to the northern parking lot (no water or bathrooms, much smaller than southern parking lot). I recommend doing this with two cars shuttling, as opposed to an out and back.

Flora & Fauna [Suggest Changes]

Lots of J-trees, chollas, and hedgehog cactus. Very classic Joshua Tree.

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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Joel Axler
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Joel Axler   Flagstaff
Trailhead to trailhead it was 8 miles exactly so 16 miles as an out and back. There is a sharp descent at 4.5 miles (northbound) where the trail is slightly more technical and switchbacks maybe a dozen times. There are some sandy washes but definitely runnable in both directions. Mar 16, 2017

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