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Four mile hiking trail offering great views from the top.
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

Ryan Mountain takes you up about 1,500 feet in elevation for some of the most stunning views in Joshua Tree. You can see practically the whole park from the top. The hike can feel a tad strenuous on the way up (so many steps!), but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
4  Thank jetandbrunch
Reviewed January 8, 2019

At approximately 5500 feet, Ryan Mountain is a great climb. Ascending can be vigorous at times. Drink plenty of water (at least one 32oz. bottle). The scenery is awesome. Make sure to stop periodically to enjoy the terrain. Descending is somewhat trecherous with significantly uneven...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Joseph R
Reviewed January 4, 2019

This is a popular, fairly strenuous hike that is mostly steps, but it is lots of fun, has great views from the top, and is a good stair workout!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hurley_forever
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

It was a great hike for Joshua Tree. It’s the desert so don’t plan on going here if you expect to see lush green vegetation and waterfalls. There were some cool cacti and a vulture. There was a 1500 ft elevation gain in 1.5 miles,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank solotravelerdiaries
Reviewed November 14, 2018

This was a great hike. Beautiful views at the top and easy climb up. The only recommendations I would have would be to bring a lot of water and snacks. To layer up. We got to the top and were freezing - wish I brought...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Debbi D
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

This trail was beautiful. It is easy because you can’t get lost...pretty much straight up and straight down. There are lots of little stairs carved into the mountain. It is a fairly short trail, but don’t let that fool you. It is a great workout!!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank gurneymerrilee
Reviewed October 29, 2018

One of the best places to watch the sunrise/sunset in Joshua Tree. 360 degree views. You also may come across some Big Horn Sheep. Worth the hike!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brian D
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I started our hike up around 6pm, and made it up by 6:50. We were exhausted, as it’s a continuous incline, but it was worth it. The trail is mostly steps, which makes it a little easier. We stayed for sunset and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank hannahhrichardsonn
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

i really enjoyed this hike and returned to it several times over the wk that i spent in JT. it’s not particularly long or strenuous for regular hikers and offers great views from the top.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 17sm06
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Strenuous hike with amazing views of the desert. The steps make this hike a good workout, but once you get to the top it was well-worth it. Went during the summer, which is not the best time due to the 100 degree weather. I would...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Tricia C
Kansas City, Missouri
March Crowd Advice (13 Replies)
Due to our spring break schedule, it appears we are going to be in the park at the very busiest time of year! Oops. :-( We will be there Monday and Tuesday, rather than over a weekend so hopefully that will help us a bit. 1) What would be defined as an early start in JTNP? 2) Which hikes are a must-do early in the morning, just so there's somewhere to park and the trail head, and which could maybe wait until a bit later? We plan to do: Ryan Mountain Skull Rock Hidden Valley ...More
January 29, 2018|
Response fromDez40|
Due to lack of rain, the wildflower blooms probably will not be that great this year, which might lessen the crowds.Probably not though!In March 2016 when it was blooming nice, even at 8am on a weekday, the campgrounds full sign was out. I like to start out at sunrise, before most people get up, so you can have some solitude.The park is open 24/7 so if you want a real early start, you can drive right on in. If you get out early, sunrise from Ryan Mountain would be nice if you had headlamps...More
Marlton, New Jersey
Palm Springs and Joshua Tree (3 Replies)
Ok so we are flying into LA on a Sat morning and we do not check into Disneyland until Sunday so I was thinking that we should drive to Palm Springs when we land on Saturday and do the Aerial Tram and then head to Joshua Tree to get a hotel. The next morning I was thinking get up early and do Ryan mountain and Barker Dam Trail and then head to Disneyland. Does that sound doable?
December 31, 2017|
Response fromscottca075|
>>> Does that sound doable?<<< Barely. It is a LOT of driving to kick off a vacation, especially with jet lag.
Portland, Oregon
Trip report! Active family vacation with kids 3/19-3/27 (7 Replies)
We had such a great vacation in the Palm Springs area! Thank you to all of the people who helped with my travel questions. We are a family of four, the kids are 7 and 11. We love to hike and see new things. Here is what we did: Day 1 - Arrived mid-day to PSP. Super hungry, ate at Guacamoles. Good fresh food, huge portions and very inexpensive prices. Got to our condo in La Quinta, went swimming, and had dinner in. Day 2 - Hottest day predicted for the week so we went to Wet n Wild....More
April 01, 2016|
Response fromLA_dweller|
Nice trip report, thanks for sharing.