Hiking in the greater Joshua Tree area has many options for any hikers expectation from a casual roadside scenic hike to a rigorous march to a mountaintop. The greater Joshua Tree area goes from terrain and conditions from 1,500 to above 11,000 feet. With a simple review of available trails proper planning and equipment a hike for any occasion will certainly deliver an experience to remember. Hiking although a seemingly casual pursuit requires a serious consideration of the following:

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Joshua Tree National Park
Some of the Trails found in the JTNP include (when entering the Park you will be given a map that includes most the below trails) :

Trail Distance Description
Boy Scout 16 miles 25.8 km Scenic trail through the edge of the Wonderland of Rocks Moderate
49 Palms Oasis 3 miles 4.8 km several stands of fan palms and pools of water are found at the oasis moderately strenuous
Lost Horse Mine/Mtn. 4 miles 6.4 km Site of ten-stamp mill. Summi t= 5,278 feet (1,609m) Moderately strenuous
Lost Palms Oasis 8 miles 11.2 km Canyon with numerous palms stands Moderate a side trip to Victory Palms and Munsen Canyon involves scrambling.
Mastodon Peak 3 miles 4.8 km excellent views of the EagleMountains and Salton Sea. Summit = 3,371 feet (1,027m) Strenuous
Ryan Mountain 3 miles 4.8 km excellent views of Lost Horse,Queen, and Pleasant valleys Summit = 5,461 feet (1,664m). Strenuous

Thirty-five miles of the California Riding and Hiking Trail pass through the park. Two to three days are required to hike the entire length of the trail but shorter hikes of 4, 6.7, or 11 miles (6.4, 10.7, or 17.6 km) are possible. Additional information on hikes is available at park visitor centers.

Mount San Jacinto
San Jacinto State Park features Mount San Jacinto at 10,499. The park offers terrific high country hiking that in the winter is deep with snow and typically very cold. In summer the park is a refreshing cool reprise from the low desert heat of the Coachella Valley. When using the Ariel Tramway in Palm Springs the travel time from Joshua tree to the trailhead in Long Valley is around 1.5 hours.

Mount San Gorgonio
The San Bernardino National Forest is another forest wonderland that includes Mount San Gorgonio at 11,499 Feet the highest peak in Southern California