Joshua Tree National Park
Mileage is for specific trails only, which often is measured from one trail intersection to another. Trails are listed as strenuous (S) moderately strenuous (MS), moderate (M), and easy (E).
Lost Horse Loop - 8.4 miles from parking lot/12.6 from Ryan Campground (MS)
This trip includes Lost Horse Mine and Lost Horse Mountain over a high ridge to a remote valley where Joshua trees and pinyon pines are common. By not completing the loop and backtracking to the parking lot, the mine trip is a moderate 4 miles long. By not completing the loop and backtracking to Ryan Campground the mine trip is 9.9 easy miles.
Squaw Tank Trail - 4.2 miles one way (M)
This trail links the California Riding and Hiking Trail near mile 15.2 with the Geology Tour Road at Squaw Tank. The trail passes through some impressive geological formations, including Malapi Hill.
Ryan/Johnny Lang Connector Trail - 4.6 miles one way (MS)
This trail connects the Johnny Lang canyon corridor with the California Riding and Hiking Trail near mile 20.
Stubbe Springs Loop - 6.5 miles (M)
Beginning at the California Riding and Hiking Trail at mile 20, this trail initially follows about 1 mile of the old Juniper Flats Road then heads south and west to near Stubbe Springs. From the Stubbe Springs wash it travels north to cross over the old Juniper Flats Road and rejoin the California Riding and Hiking Trail at about mile 22.5.
Cap Rock Trail - 3 miles one way (E)
This trail begins at Ryan Campground and joins the California Riding and Hiking Trail near mile 19. It provides an easy loop from the campground with a variety of scenery.
Old Lost Horse Road Trail - 5 miles one way (E)
This trail begins at Ryan Campground and travels through Lost Horse Valley to the Quail Springs Historic Trail.
Old Queen Valley Historic Road Trail - 6 miles one way (E)
This trail connects the Pine City backcountry board with the Wall Street Mill area via an old road north of Negro Hill and continues on to Echo"T" intersection. A 1-mile section of this trail near Wall Street Mill is also part of the Ryan Mountain Loop Trail.
Ruins/Lost Horse Well Road/Trail - 1 mile loop (E)
This road/trail is adjacent to the Ryan Campground. The ruins can be seen easily from the campground, and the route follows old roads that are closed to vehicles.
Ryan Mountain Trail - 3 miles round trip (MS)
This route begins at Ryan Mountain parking area and provides outstanding 360: panoramic views from the 5,461-foot peak. No horses are permitted on this trail.
Ryan Mountain Loop Trail - 9.75 mile loop (M)
This trail begins at the Ryan Mountain Campground and completely encircles Ryan Mountain and joins the California Riding and Hiking Trail near mile 14.2. It provides a nice view of the Lost Horse Valley.
Lost Horse Valley Trail - 2.5 miles one way (E)
This trail begins at Ryan Campground and travels through Lost Horse Valley due north to the Echo "T" intersection.
Pine City Trail - 3 miles round trip (E)
This trail starts at the Pine City backcountry board. This island of desert greenery contains large pine trees among an isolated collection of rocky walls and boulder mounds. This is a good place for viewing bighorn sheep and birds.
Lucky Boy Vista/Queen Mine Loop Trail - 6.8 miles round trip (MS)
Visitors use the Pine City backcountry board location for overnight use or begin at the Lucky Boy Junction for day use. The trail goes to a high, level plateau that provides excellent views. Points of interest include Elton Mine, Desert Queen Mine, Eagle Cliff and the Lucky Boy Vista.
Contact Mine Trail - 3.4 miles round trip (MS)
The trail begins and ends at the north entrance exhibit. The mine produced gold and silver in the early 1900s. Building ruins, old machinery, tram tracks, a cable winch, and partially collapsed shafts are still visible.
North Entrance Access Tail - 0.5 mile one way (E)
This trail provides access from BLM section 14 in Gold to the California Riding and Hiking Trail mile 0.5 near the north entrance.
Wall Street Mill Trail - 1.5 miles round trip (E)
This trail begins at Wonderland Ranch parking area. The mill was used by Bill Keys to process ore from the Desert Queen Mine and is in a pretty area on the southern edge of the Wonderland. There is a stone marker along the way that reads, "Here is Where Worth Bagly Bit the dust At the Hand of W.F. KEYS, May 11, 1943."
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication