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Desert Snow

Young Joshua Tree in snow

One month ago today…

joshua tree ryan mountain

Joshua Tree National Park at the Ryan Mountain Trailhead

Rock climbing in the desert on Christmas eve

Rock climbers on Split Rock Trail

Today’s photo was taken on the Split Rock Trail in Joshua Tree National Park.

Barker Dam Trail

Barker Dam Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

At the entrance gate to Joshua Tree National Park we asked the ranger what he recommended on this day. His response was that we may see bighorn sheep if we did the Barker Dam Trail. Today’s photo is of the rocks we constantly were scanning for the wildlife. We saw none, but we saw/experienced something more rare in the Mojave Desert: rain. The hike began in a drizzle and ended in a downpour. I would have preferred the bighorn sheep.

Joshua Tree tips

Joshua Tree sunset

A friend of mine is going to Joshua Tree soon and asked me for some hiking tips. So here is a list of our favorite hikes (in order):
1. Split Rock Loop (2.5 miles)
2. Ryan Mountain (3 miles, lots of elevation change)
3. Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail (3 miles, lots of elevation change but not as much as Ryan Mountain)
4. Barker Dam Loop (1.5 miles)
5. Hidden Valley Loop (1 mile)

The two without loop in the name are out and backs.

Arch Rock and Cholla Cactus Garden are must sees but not really hikes.

Some longer ones we didn’t go on:
Lost Horse Mine (6.2 miles)
Willow Hole (7.2 miles)
Panorama Loop (6.6 miles)
Lost Palms Oasis (7.5 miles)
Stubbe (Stubby) Springs Loop (12.8 miles)

Best food was at Joshua Tree Saloon and 29 Palms Inn. Pie for the People was also good (but no beer).

Christmas Eve sunset in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park