“A beautiful trail 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.
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. Past the vista, the trail continues but is unmaintained as it stretches southeast to the Split Rock Loop Trail
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 hey day 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
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.