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Address: North of Barker Dam parking area, Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Water in the desert

A short walk too us to the dam, where the reflections were magnificent. Didn't see any sheep but what animal would want to come during the day to drink with tourists on their... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
robyntowne61
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Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A short walk too us to the dam, where the reflections were magnificent. Didn't see any sheep but what animal would want to come during the day to drink with tourists on their grounds.

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Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do hike in the park. Easy with kids...rocks to climb and joshua trees to be seen. A little lake makes the picture. My 3 yr old had no problem.

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PA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In our January hike, the dam was very full due to recent rainfall. Popular trail with average scenic points ... Some Rocks and only some Joshua Trees. To get more views of the dam, you will need to do some rock scrambling.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short 1.8-mile nature trail in the center of the park. This is an easy way to get a glimpse at one of the most accessible areas of the Wonderland of Rocks, as well as seeing evidence of Native American petroglyphs. There is also a small, man-made reservoir here that will provide the rare chance to see water in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Good for all ages, my 6 year old how no issues. Nice scenery and several nice spots for pictures. The parking lot was crowded and this seemed to be a popular spot as the trail was relatively crowded. It had rained a bit in the few days before we went so the dam had plenty of water in it.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

easy trail... great to get personally close to the rocks rather than driving by.. tons of people so finding a parking spot is difficult but great for kids and people with limited fitness

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is a bit of a rocky trail, but a nice one. There aren't many Joshua Trees on this trail due to the rocks and I wouldn't recommend those with strollers to take this trail. It's one of the shorter, 1-mile hikes that the rangers recommended to us as we stopped in the visitors' center and I would agree it... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Barker dam along with hidden valley trail are both great beginner hikes. There is a bit more scrambling on the main trail at barker dam. Lucky for us there was water in the dam when we went. Be sure to catch the petroglyphs towards the end of the hike!

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Sunnyvale, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Short hike, limited parking, and tons of people in the late afternoon. This can be a loop trail or one way out and back. The murky water yields a great reflection of the scenic rocks.

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West Hollywood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Regardless of which direction you take on this one mile loop, the beginning meanders through low boulders and mostly flat rocky ground. There is sporadic shade from some of the boulders in this section until you pass the dam, which sometimes dries up completely. Beyond the dam, the trail drops down onto flatland and wanders through a sparse grove of... More 

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