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Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park

Sample the best of Joshua Tree National Park on this short 1 mile nature trail loop in the heart of the park.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview :  If time or the fierce sun means you only have the chance for one short hike at Joshua Tree National Park, then Hidden Valley is a... more »

Tips:  • It's wise to remember the sunscreen, protective clothing and water. Thankfully however this is only a short and well marked trail so... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Hidden Valley Trailhead

Begin the hike at the Hidden Valley trailhead located just south of the main park road, near Intersection rock, where you’ll commonly find rock climbers doing what comes naturally to them.

This short guide begins at the parking lot, marked out by a roped entrance. Follow the trail into the valley with a brief gentle climb up across rocks and... More

2. Junction

Though the signs don’t recommend a direction at this point, everybody we observed on this popular trail took a clockwise route, and we’re happy to believe in the wisdom of crowds.

The majority of this hike is along the sandy valley floor, making for an easy and comfortable experience.

3. Joshua Trees

We may call them trees, they may look like trees, but they’re really not trees at all. These iconic are actually yucca plants - just really big ones! They grow fast, relative to other desert plants, at around 1½ inches each year - growing up to 50 feet tall and living for hundreds and occasionally even thousands of years.

If you’re curious... More

4. Park Geology

The distinctive rock formations of Joshua Tree National Park are comprised of a granite material which originally formed from molten lava underground. Over a million years of erosion - mostly occurring before this region became a desert environment - washed away the surface material and weathered away at the fractured granite seams, leaving... More