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Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 4,262' 1,299 m
Low: 4,180' 1,274 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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An easy loop that provides brief introductions to the fauna and flora of Joshua Tree National Park.

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Features Birding · Wildflowers

Overview

Signs along the nature trail help visitors identify the park’s fauna and flora. The trail is mostly level, crossing through hard-packed sand, but it does venture through some of the valley’s interesting rock formations.

Runner Notes

As a popular and short loop, the trail can be crowded.

Description

This loop encircles the inside of a natural corral made of immense rock walls and boulders.

Hidden Valley's natural enclosure holds more rain than the surrounding area, creating a unique micro-habitat that brings together a wide range of plants and animals not typically found together in this section of the Park.

In 1936, desert pioneer Bill Keys blasted a notch through these walls to improve access for his cattle herds. Today this serves as Hidden Valley's main access point.

Flora & Fauna

A remarkable variety of amphibians, reptiles and mammals call the area home in addition to desert wildflowers, cacti species, and lichens.

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  4.6 from 39 votes

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