Summit the Peaks of Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park | California
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Top three reasons to go hiking in Joshua Tree NP

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    800,000 acres of unspoiled desert wilderness

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    Bag a peak or two and sleep under the starry California sky

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    Learn about the area’s unique geology, flora, and fauna

Joshua Tree is best described as an outdoor natural history museum with world-class hiking trails. Shaped over millions of years by oppressive heat, unrelenting winds, and torrents of rain, today this arid landscape is brimming with its namesake Joshua trees and cacti, lizards and wild birds, and plenty of Precambrian rocks. During your visit, peruse the geological wonders and learn about the flora and fauna of the Mojave Desert as you follow established trails or explore the backcountry. Find out more about the best hikes in Joshua Tree National Park from Liz Thomas, professional hiker and guidebook author.


October through April

Nearest city

Los Angeles, CA is 2 hours away


2 or 4 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced


Choose how you spend your days

Summit a Peak in Joshua Tree National Park

2 days

Perfect for both novice and experienced backpackers, this private guided 2-day hike and climb will give you an essence of the Joshua Tree National Park. Your guide can make sure that you completely avoid other people or go for top attractions, explore the backcountry or follow the established trails, focus on geology or flora and fauna, see as much as possible or take it easy. Pick one of over 50 peaks of Joshua Tree and summit it with the help of your guide!

Ultimate Peak Experience in Joshua Tree National Park

4 days

Do you crave deep exposure to the desert landscapes and have that insatiable desire to see what’s over every ridge or just around every bend? Join a local guide on this 4-day tour and crawl every rock, see every star, and follow every inclination you have while trekking in Joshua Tree National Park. Select two peaks that are appropriate for your skill, thirst for challenge, fitness level and goals, and summit them with the help of your guide.

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Summit a Peak in Joshua Tree National Park

After you meet outside the Joshua Tree National Park, you’ll review gear, food and water, and go over safety measurements. Enter Joshua Tree National Park, park at a selected Wilderness Board and have lunch before you finally go off the beaten path and enter the wilderness. Build camp, explore the flora and fauna and have dinner with your guide.

The next morning, wake up with a cup of coffee and a nice breakfast and approach the selected peak. Have lunch and summit the peak. Return to your base camp, strike camp, high five and go grab a great meal somewhere!

Cave beneath a stack of boulders

Ultimate Peak Experience in Joshua Tree National Park

Meet your guide outside of Joshua Tree National Park, go over gear, food, water and safety, and enter the park. Have lunch and prepare to enter the wilderness! Build camp, explore the unique wildlife of Joshua Tree and have dinner.

In the morning, energize with breakfast and a cup of coffee before you choose the peak you want to conquer. Have lunch and summit the peak, enjoy the feeling of freedom and go back to the base camp. Re-energize with dinner and have some well-deserved rest.

On day 3, grab a cup of coffee and some nutritious breakfast before you strike camp and relocate next to another peak. Let your guide show you the most unique part of Joshua Tree’s flora and fauna before you have dinner and rest.

On you last day, strike camp after breakfast and approach the peak of the day. Have lunch and summit! Take a few photos and enjoy the views before you return to the car. Reflect on your experience and go grab a good meal to celebrate!

Desert landscape of Joshua Tree

Reviews (5)

Great experienced guide
Toddk K about Wandering Mojave on Tripadvisor

What a terrific way to see the desert. Travis not only guided us through amazing areas of Joshua Tree, but made it interesting and educational. Adapted the hike to the various physical capabilities of our group well and provided the right amount and difficulty for climbing some cool rock formations. Highly recommend him.

Must Do!!!
Howard S about Wandering Mojave on Tripadvisor

Travis made our trip to Joshua Tree 1000x more interesting than if we did it by ourselves. He was very knowledgeable and personable. Thank you Travis for your customized tour!!

Perfect Private Hike!
Shannon L about Wandering Mojave on Tripadvisor

We had an absolute blast with Travis! He completely tailored our private hike to our requests (wanted to see all kinds of trees, flowers, and plants, and landscapes, and didn’t want to see other people around). Highlight for me was when he decided to take us up a rocky/boulder portion of a mountain. We loved it and it was so fun navigating the rock climbing. We would have absolutely never known we could have accessed the route by going up that part of the mountain. Travis was also incredibly knowledgeable about all the plants, cacti, flowers, and even sand patterns in the dessert. We learned sooo much. Made sure we saw beautiful, different parts of the park (it’s huge and we’ve been multiple times!). Highly recommend Travis!!

Fantastic Guided Hike the way to see Joshua Tree!
Mason H about Wandering Mojave on Tripadvisor

Gained access to beautiful parts of Joshua Tree that we never would have found ourselves. Also learned a ton about the Park itself- its history, the geology and plant life. Greg our guide was fantastic- enthusiastic and so knowledgeable!

Great way to experience Joshua Tree
Todd about Wandering Mojave on Tripadvisor

Travis met us promptly at our designated location and guided us into the park to start our hike. He was extremely knowledgeable of the flora, fauna and geology of the area and shared his expertise at every opportunity. He took us off the beaten path to experience the park in a way that we certainly would not have if we went there on our own. If you are adventurous and appreciate the added knowledge during your visit I would highly recommend Wandering Mojave.

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Covid measures in Joshua Tree National Park, California

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Joshua Tree National Park, California, please refer to Visit California’s COVID-19 travel guidelines and Joshua Tree National Park’s COVID-19 alerts and conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Two or four days of camping and hiking
    • Campsite reservations
    • Food and water on the trail

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Park entry fees
    • Sleeping bag (can be arranged)
    • Backpack (can be arranged)
    • Tent (can be arranged)
    • Personal hiking and camping gear

How fit do I need to be?

Some hiking experience is recommended for this adventure. You will be hiking for up to 6 hours a day, covering 5-8 miles of terrain with moderate elevation gain. Participants should be comfortable being active for most of the day, multiple days in a row. Keep in mind, the weather can be hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 15-30L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Warm hat 
    • Sun hat with a brim
    • Buff or neck scarf
    • Breathable wicking base layers
    • Warm down, puffy, or fleece jacket
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Lightweight hiking pants
    • Warm clothes to sleep in
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Sandals or camp shoes
    • Reusable water bottle or hydration bladder (3L capacity)
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Personal first aid kit
    • Headlamp
    • Sunglasses
    • Sleeping bag rated to 20 degrees or below with liner
    • Pack cover
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Sleeping bags and tents are available to rent from your guide.

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For the private adventures, the minimum client to guide ratio is 1:1, while the maximum one is 3:1.
    • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family! 

Hiking in Joshua Tree, CA can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposit and cancellation policy

A 20% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip For last-minute bookings, the client pays the full price upon booking Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to fourteen (14) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
    • For cancellations less than fourteen (14) days in advance, Client is not entitled to a return of deposit.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Joshua Tree National Park, CA, most people fly into Los Angeles International Airport, which is 2 hours away. From there, you can take a local flight, rent a car or take a bus to Palm Springs, which is right next to the Joshua Tree National Park. 

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

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