Ryan Mountain offers hikers a strenuous ascent to a 5,461-foot summit. At its peak, visitors can enjoy views of Lost Horse, Queen, and Pleasant Valleys.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Ryan Mountain

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The summit of Ryan Mountain provides what many consider to be the best view in Joshua Tree National Park. Reaching the 5,461-foot peak requires only a three-mile round-trip hike with a 1,000-foot elevation gain. When you bag the summit, be sure to sign the register and then have a seat on a rock so you can take in the panorama of Joshua Tree's parklands and Southern California's biggest peaks.
  • Despite the short distance of this trip, the grade is steep in places, making the hike more strenuous that you might expect. An early morning start is best, even on cool days. The summit is often quite windy, so pack along an extra layer.
  • The boulders on top of Ryan Mountain are estimated to be several hundred million years old.

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Dr.
Twentynine Palms, California 92277

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-367-5500
Email: JOTR_Info@nps.gov
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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