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Address: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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We loved Skull Rock!

We accessed the Skull Rock Trail from the Jumbo Rocks Campground across from the amphitheater. We discovered this by accident and did not see this trail head mentioned in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We accessed the Skull Rock Trail from the Jumbo Rocks Campground across from the amphitheater. We discovered this by accident and did not see this trail head mentioned in the brochure. The trail is marked with lots of plant identifying plaques while it wanders over to Skull Rock. There are also an abundance of other rock formations that are just... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We love this area. The perfect combo of rocks and plants. Went off season and very quiet, actually went twice. Be sure to take the side trail to see "the face", well worth it. Lot's of climbers in here also. Fun to watch.short hike with a lot of variety, if you do not have a lot of time in the... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Park your car in the campground adjacent to this feature and take the easy 1.5 mile loop trail past Skull Rock. I have to say that while the rock itself was interesting, the trail was much more so for me. The area has something for everyone. The eroded rock shapes are fantastical and otherworldly, and you will see juniper, scrub... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Nice spot to walk around and see a little more of the local flora. The Rock does indeed look like a skull and the only issue was there were a lot of people.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Humans are pretty easily amused --- Yes it looks sort of like a skull. It's just off the main road - so you can park / go take a photo / and be on your way.

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Lombard, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Cool looking Skull Rock, but just a quick jump out of the car to take a picture and we continued on.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

There is no hiking needed to see this attraction. It is literally right off the side of the road. I pulled up, opened my window, stuck my camera out and got a great picture of this cool rock formation. If you want to hike the 20 feet or so to investigate the formation more closely, you're able to do that... More 

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Belmar, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Skull Rock is right off the main road through the park. The Skull Rock itself isn't all the impressive. But it's a lot of fun climbing and jumping around on the rocks that surround it. Stop for a quick hike around.

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This weird formation is just off the roadside. If you do not hike this is for you as it is right there! Always makes me smile it is very spooky looking! LOL!

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Hebron, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Some what of a ho-hum hike. We started the trail at the back end and finished by Skull Rock. It was our first hike in JTNP--glad that the other hikes were A+.

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