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Hidden Valley - Barker Dam Connector Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 69' 21 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 4,266' 1,300 m
Low: 4,203' 1,281 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)

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Visitors hoping for a longer run as well as the opportunity to view the Barker Dam will enjoy this gentle trail.

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This gentle trail might make for a good early morning or later evening jog, but sun exposure and the prevalence of many other visitors might make a midday outing slower than anticipated.

Description

Visitors who began their trip at Hidden Valley and who want to transition to stop at the scenic Barker Dam without hopping in the car can take this short and scenic connector instead.

Leaving from the northern end of the Hidden Valley Campground, the trail will be well marked. As you embark on this gentle, flat route, take in the desert scenery surrounding you. The trail crosses Barker Dam Road, so please use caution when crossing.

A slight incline will deposit you at the Barker Dam Nature Trail, and from there it is a short jaunt to the dam itself. Once you've admired the dam and are ready to return either to the trailhead or campground, simply retrace your steps.

Please be aware that like many trail in Joshua Tree, there is little in the way of sun protection, and you'll want to bring a hat, water, and ample sunscreen.

Flora & Fauna

Various cacti can be seen, and if you're lucky you may spot a bighorn sheep near Hidden Valley.

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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.
Jan 28, 2019 near Twentyn…, CA
Fanfare of the Joshua Tree, just after passing the Petroglyphs
Apr 29, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
Petroglyphs, complete with new ink...
May 3, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA

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