“A beautiful run offering interesting views, a decent leg workout, and many shaded resting areas.”
— Jeff Hunter
Birding · Views · Wildflowers
Camping allowed with pass. No water. No open fires. Only camp stoves.
The first half of the trail winds through a dried wash bed of soft sand passing spring flowers and bushes with an occasional pine tree. Then the trail turns to a hard pack dirt trail with several shaded spots to hang out for a break. A small elevation gain, then the trail levels out into the open where it completes at a beautiful vista overlooking the south area of the park.
Need to Know
Bugs are generally minimal in the desert, however with greater vegetation brings more bugs. You might use bug spray during this one. Rattlesnakes have been spotted near the trail.
Wash sand and hills will provide a good challenge. A couple areas have small rock hazards, so use appropriate caution there.
This trail is one of three that begin at the Desert Queen Mine Trail
parking lot. From the parking lot, head east towards the wash where the start of the trail is marked. The majority of the 1.9 miles out, visitors will travel over a wash and through sand between two ridges. From there, the trail will head through some hills towards the end. The trail will end at a beautiful vista looking east.
Along the way, there are interesting rock formations as well as plenty of native vegetation. Several areas along the way offer shade. Miners used this route to travel between mines back in the mining heyday of Joshua Tree. All mines are blocked off for safety today.
Camping is allowed in this area, however, there are no water sources, so you'll need to bring your own. Bathrooms at the parking lot are well maintained. There are several alternate paths along the way that offer minor boulder hopping.
With three great trails from one parking lot, this is one of the best spots in this park!
Flora & Fauna
Several types of cactus can be seen while on this trail, along with pine trees. Beautiful desert flowers add color to the trail in the spring. There are plenty of birds and lizards with the occasional rattle snake! Leave them be and they'll do the same.