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Multi-Day Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park | California
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Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to hike in Joshua Tree National Park

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    Learn about the remnants of Joshua Tree’s rich frontier history

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    Explore some of California’s most engaging hikes through scenic nature

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    Get lost in Joshua Tree’s otherworldly rock formations and desert landscapes

There’s so much to do in Joshua Tree National Park’s 800,000 acres of Western wilderness. Nestled between two ecoregions—the Mojave and Sonoran deserts—this scenic national park is full of arid landscapes, rugged rock formations, unique wildlife, and most of all, world-class hikes. Whether you’re strolling among the wildflowers enveloped by Hidden Valley’s natural rock walls, or pushing through the fatigue on Ryan Mountain’s steep trails to experience the sunset from its peak, no two days are ever the same in Joshua Tree. Explore the historical mine shafts, uncover hidden trails, and sleep soundly under the stars—the desert might not be such a bad place after all! Learn more about the best hikes in Joshua Tree National Park from Liz Thomas, professional hiker and guidebook author.

Season

March through June, September through November

Nearest city

Los Angeles, CA, is 2 hours away

Duration

4 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

Itineraries

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Four-Day Hiking and Camping Trip in Joshua Tree

4 days

Explore the ins and outs of California’s amazing Joshua Tree National Park! This four-day adventure will take you on some of the best hikes in Joshua Tree, such as Lost Horse Mine, Mastodon Peak, Hidden Valley, and many more. Camp in beautiful areas and enjoy nights under the West Coast’s starry skies. Spend your evenings off the trails eating delicious meals and toasting with your friends—the perfect way to refill your energy for new adventures!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Palms Oasis and Indian Cove

Arrive in Palm Springs, and meet your guide by early afternoon. After arrival, you’ll stop for a lunch break (lunch not included) before continuing on to Joshua Tree. To give you a good idea of what Joshua Tree hiking is all about, you and your group will warm up with a short, 3-mile walk to 49 Palms Oasis. Afterward, continue to your campsite at Indian Cove, where you will set up camp, eat a hearty dinner, get to know the crew, and review your full adventure with your guide.
Meals included: Dinner

Hikers on a trail in Joshua Tree

Day 2: Ryan Mountain

Head out bright and early for a 3-mile round trip to catch the sunrise from the top of Ryan Mountain. Feeling energized from your morning, continue your day on Joshua Tree’s hiking trails with a trip to Lost Horse Mine or a walk along the famous Boy Scout Trail, depending on trail and weather conditions. These are some of the best hiking trails in Joshua Tree!
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Mountains and Joshua Trees in Joshua Tree

Day 3: Hidden Valley, Barker Dam, and Cottonwood

Pack up camp and prepare to see even more of the park, with short hikes to Hidden Valley and Barker Dam and roadside stops at Skull Rock and Cholla Gardens. After a short walk to the Cottonwood Oasis, settle into your new home for the night at Cottonwood campground, where you and your crew will toast to your final night under the stars!
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Hikers on a cliff in Joshua Tree National Park

Day 4: Mastodon Peak

Time to wrap up your outing in Joshua Tree National Park! But first, squeeze in one more sunrise hike to the top of Mastodon Peak (2.6 miles round trip) for some final views of the desert. After you pack up, head back to Palm Springs for afternoon departures and goodbyes!
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Sunset in Joshua Tree National Park
Reviews

Reviews (4)

Wally T. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

Michelle was the perfect tour guide for our family. She was kind and patient with the members of our family ranging from 12 to 70. Michelle was very willing and attempted to please our many requests which she did with a smile. She even brought a cake for a surprise Birthday party. Michelle enthusiastically detailed the life of the park and many fascinating facts and fun spots to visit and hike. The hikes were age-appropriate in terms of accessibility yet fun with views and wildlife. We were able to do and see all we did because of Michelle and her professionalism as a tour guide. She fit in like one of the family.

Lorraine E. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

We had the best experience- better than we could have imagined. The thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and knowledge of our guide, Jason, made our tour fabulous. The amount that we learned was extraordinary, and the number of sights we saw because of his experience and guidance was exactly why we wanted this tour. We highly recommend this tour.

Denise about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

It was a great tour. Beautiful place. Guides, Kyle and Beau, were super nice, knowledgeable, and did their best to give us a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this tour and guides.

Maarten V. about Good Trip Adventures on Tripadvisor

We loved our experience and our guides Megan and Alex were great! The hikes were beautiful and we managed to see a lot of wildlife. Our guides were very knowledgeable, sociable and flexible – we would definitely travel with them again. Thanks for a great adventure! 🙂

Things to know

Things to know

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
    • Four days of camping and hiking
    • Transportation for the duration of the trip
    • Park entry fees
    • Campsite reservations
    • Tent, sleeping pad, and all group camping gear
    • All meals indicated in the itinerary

What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Palm Springs
    • Sleeping bag (available to rent from your guide for $50 USD)
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • 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 for four days, 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 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 this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. The cost does not decrease as the group grows
    • It takes a minimum of 4 people for a tour to operate.

Hiking in Joshua Tree National Park 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.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

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

Getting there and meeting location

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

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. If you’re flying into Palm Springs, your guide will pick you up at the airport shortly after your arrival. Alternatively, your guide can pick you up at another central point in Palm Springs, or at your accommodation there if you chose to arrive a day early.

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