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Barker Dam Trail

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North of Barker Dam parking area, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Easy Hike with reservoir & petroglyphs

Interesting trail, a little over a mile loop with views of the reservoir, the old dam (built by the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mary12191
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Nevada City, CA
"Lake" in the desert

This is the only place that I know of in JTNP where you can see a lake. The history of the damn is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
SeattleReebs
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Seattle, Washington
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  • Average8%
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North of Barker Dam parking area, Joshua Tree National Park, CA

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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting trail, a little over a mile loop with views of the reservoir, the old dam (built by the cattle ranchers) and one area of petroglyphs. Easy to do both this hike & the Hidden Valley Trail in the same day...we enjoyed them both!

Thank Mary12191
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the only place that I know of in JTNP where you can see a lake. The history of the damn is cool, and the walk is easy. There is a lot of loose sand, so be prepared for that. The scenery is cool....More

Thank SeattleReebs
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We went to Joshua Tree National Park in September, it was still 103 degree. You need a case of bottle water to keep hydration. If you only want to take one short hike, Barker Dam is the trial to see everything of the park. It...More

2  Thank Jenny201110
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this shorter and easy hike which leads to a small reservoir and pretty views. There were at least 6 ducks in it when we went! Ducks! - in the middle of the desert!

1  Thank freedom212121
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This was a great picturesque hike that was short and easy. Pretty cool to see the petroglyphs too. I am from the Midwest so any of these mountain views for me are awe inspiring. Well worth the time to walk this short loop.

1  Thank jasonmichaelg
Reviewed 4 October 2017

When in Joshua Tree National Park, there are a lot of things you can just see from your car. Which is recommended if you aren't used to the heat for sure! It is so hot most of the year and when we went in August,...More

2  Thank Anna H
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The hike is not at all challenging but is very informative on plants and other aspects of the nature. The dam itself is especially interesting and makes you wonder how people manage to exist in this barren environment until they made the dam.

1  Thank brutusOslo
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Short easy loop trail that goes to Barker Dam. Went in the late afternoon. Saw plenty of birds, rabbits, and squirrels. Also saw a few Big Horn Sheep waiting for people to clear out to get a drink of water.

2  Thank Db1105
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

The walk out to the dam is mostly flat and an easy hike. There was no one around the entire hike, so quiet and felt like the last man on earth. Once you get to it, it does get rocky but not that difficult. Once...More

1  Thank williephips
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Lots of people do this loop so it's a little busy. But it is damn (pun intended) awesome. So much variety of plants and beauty!! One of my favorite spots of the trip.

Thank dznrdad
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