Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail
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NYTravelerBD
Westchester County, NY1,492 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Barker Dam is bone dry, which was a huge disappointment to my family and our 6 year old daughter. We chose this hike over the Hidden Valley hike in the hopes of seeing animals drinking from the water, but there was absolutely no water and no animals whatsoever. The petroglyphs were well worth seeing, however, and all of Joshua Tree is beautiful. But check with the visitor center about water levels before embarking on this dam hike.
Written February 25, 2020
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WAcat28
Spokane, wa47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We visited early in the morning, there were other hikers but it wasn't crowded. There was water at the dam so quite a few interesting birds to see there. The path was easy and pretty flat. Nice short hike with the history of the dam explained at the start. Enjoyed!
Written February 4, 2022
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sjansenavon
Sonoma, CA390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Relatively short and easy hike. The highlight is the petroglyphs found in one small area. NO WATER AVAILABLE. Restrooms are near trailhead by the parking lot. Watch out for bees near the restrooms.
Written May 31, 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is a much prettier trail and dam to visit during non-drought times. Still, I would recommend hiking this trail. The petroglyphs and historical markers make this very accessible trail one the whole family can enjoy.
Written January 25, 2022
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
We hiked on a Sunday. This trail is busy. We had to wait to park because it was full. It is worth waiting for. There are rock formations, a dam, petroglyphs, Joshua Trees galore. It is fairly flat, easy trail and about 1-2 miles. We saw all ages on this trail. It is a must in Joshua Tree National Park.
Written March 13, 2022
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L_K1509
London, UK1,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
A trail that is 1.1 miles long, on the most part the route is flat easy walking over a sandy/ gravelly path with small signs to read along the way.

However when you reach the dam area then you do need to walk / step up over boulders rocks / rock steps. For most this would be very easy but if you have mobility issues then this part would be more difficult.

There are loads of Joshua trees in the area ( loads in the park!)
The Rock formations will have you wondering what the shape is they are making, on the whole an interesting landscape.

Native American petroglyphs a short distance from the end of the trail. Signposted and easy to see.

No water in the dam on 25th feb! Surprisingly given the rain in recent days
Written February 26, 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
A good hike for all ages. Most of the path is flat, wide, sandy. Near the dam the trail goes over rocks, boulders, becomes a bit slippery in parts. Easy does it! I feel that this is the most popular hike in Joshua Tree NP. Restrooms available. Parking areas right there. Petroglyphs are near the end of the path and easily seen.
Written March 15, 2023
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20_times_ATW
Fremont, CA153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This is nothing special when there is no water in the dam. You can see all the trees and rocks from many other areas in the park that are not so crowded. The walk is not strenuous, except it is a long way from the overflow car park.

If it’s not a sunny day, and if it hasn’t rained recently, I suggest you skip this one!
Written December 29, 2022
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My husband and I hiked the Barker Dam Trail during our visit to Joshua Tree National Park. It was an easy hike with some interesting views of the trees, rocks, and Barker Dam. It was moderately trafficked but we were able to socially distance with some patience. It's a great, relaxing hike but bring plenty of water to stay hydrated in the desert sun.
Written November 3, 2020
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Joe Z
68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
An amazing hike with rewarding views. This is a must do if you are in the Joshua Tree National Park. The trailhead is easy to find and the hike itself is easy enough for anyone of any age. There is plenty of shade along the trail and at the right time of the year or after a good rain you will be rewarded with some amazing photo ops of the dam holding water. There are rock formations plentiful throughout the hike and some interesting spots to explore.
Written September 24, 2022
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