Hidden Valley Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park

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  • I've been to Joshua Tree many times and I always include a Hidden Valley hike! It's one the easiest little turn offs in the desert and it's a kind of make-you-own-adventure hike that I really like! Af...  more »
  • Wanted to do one hike with the kids and this one was about the right length. Beautiful scenery. Groomed trail that has built in steps for everyone  more »
  • Amazing scenery that is truly unique! A simple and accessible walk with very good parking possibility. It begins and ends its tour at the parking lot. There are information boards along the trail that is pleasant to read. Right half-day activity if you factor in travel time through Joshua Tree National Park.
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  • The concept and history of the valley is very cool, and the scenery is pretty neat. However, it's not the best marked for part of the stretch and I got a bit lost. For reference, I've hiked San Gorgonio and Mt. Baldy (up the ski hut way - very easy to get lost). It's just over a mile, and very easy. I would recommend it if you have the time, but definitely falls into the "could miss" it category if you are on a tight schedule or aren't a fan of shorter nature walks. Real hikers will likely be disappointed - head to Lost Horse Mine.
  • The Hidden Valley Trail is one of the more popular areas in the park, providing easy access to a rock garden perfect for scrambling and a shallow basin that narrows into a canyon. For the casual visitor, the well defined trails provide a quick overview of the environment in the park. Those with an adventurous streak can continue into the canyon and follow the dry stream bed (not recommended when there has been rain in the area due to flashflooding) to its end at one of the parks dirt road. Parts of the trek may require short scrambles across rocks that the 'stream' cascades over when flowing. From the end of the canyon, a single-track trail leads to the south around the west side of the rock formations defining Hidden Valley. If you decide to take this option, be sure you have map and compass and are familiar with land navigation. While the trail is fairly well defined, it is still possible to get lost and the desert is unforgiving in hot weather. The trailhead has plenty of parking and two vault toilets but no running water. There are also a handful of picnic areas with charcoal grills. There is little or no shade in the picnic area so bear that in mind when planning a picnic. If hiking, keep in mind this is desert and bring plenty of water, especially if you are considering hiking all the way through the canyon. In hot weather, a hat and sunscreen are highly recommended.
  • Joshua Tree is the closest national park I live too. I absolutely love it, and hidden valley is the place to be during the day, is super fun hiking and climbing on the rocks. But unfortunately is closed off at night.
  • Listed as a one mile trail but you can spend a whole day here climbing boulders. Once you get off the tail it's not unusual to not see anyone else. Bring gloves and enjoy the gorgeous views at the top!
  • It was an amazing experience to walk there! I highly recommend to explore this trail. We walked across just before the sunset happend and the last lights moments... ohhh my gooood... I'll remember them for my life Keep in mind that it is sometimes difficult to find the path.