Barker Dam Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 49' 15 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 4,287' 1,307 m
Low: 4,255' 1,297 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“A trail to an interesting tank created in ~1900 to water live stock; Petroglyphs are an added bonus!”— Bill Rizzo
After passing the dam and the cattle trough, you'll start your return leg (south) and pass a Joshua Tree (with a sign). Continuing on, you'll come to a sign directing your either back to the trail split point or further on (about 20 meters) to a portion of rock with some petroglyphs. It is worth the 20 meters, but they have been re-drawn, which makes them easier to see. While informative, the "new" petroglyphs lose some of their magic.
Returning to the trail, you'll head down a small set of steps and end back up on the original trail approximately 300 meters from the car park.
This trail shares a parking lot with the Wall Street Mill Trail. Barker Dam Nature Trail is on the west side of the lot and the Wall Street Mill Trail is on the eastern side.
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Land Manager: NPS - Joshua Tree National Park