Ryan Mountain

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Ryan Mountain
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Four mile hiking trail offering great views from the top.
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Jason C
Littleton, New Hampshire124 contributions
Jan 2020
This hike starts out a little challenging as it seems to climb endlessly. As you enter the ravine, it starts to get easier and you "wrap" around the top of the mountain on flat incline to the top. The end of the hike to the top is easier than the first 3/4 of the hike. On our hike, we saw people of all varieties, young, seniors, kids, in shape and getting into shape. We were up and back within 2 hours and the park information suggests it takes up to 3 hours, so allow yourself up to 3 hours for the entire round trip. We were hesitant at first, but glad we tackled this hike as one of the harder ones we attempted while in JTNF.
Written February 6, 2020
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Ryan & Katy Smilko
San Jose, CA240 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Ryan Mountain is the opposite of the Hidden Valley Trail. The Ryan Mountain Trail is 3.2mi / 5.15km roundtrip from trailhead to summit, and is a literal hike up the mountain and is quite strenuous. If you have difficulty with narrow climbs in elevation, this may not be for you. But if you enjoy hiking, and are ok with elevation, than we would highly recommend this hike.

One thing to note though, the Park Rangers recommend doing this hike either very early in the morning, or later in the afternoon/evening due to how hot it gets in the middle of the day. They even have signage at the beginning of the trail warning that people have died doing this hike due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Take it seriously.

To read more about this and Joshua Tree, check out our blog (link in profile).
Written December 27, 2020
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CTVTJohnsons
New Canaan, CT84 contributions
Mar 2022
We did this hike on a Tues, so there were lots of folks, but it never felt crowded. It's an out and back, climb up, downhill down hike, which are typically not my fav but the views were INCREDIBLE. Totally worth it. I actually thought the views from the halfway point looking out over the parking lot are were the most magnificent and snapped those on the way down. But the 360 views at the top were gorgeous too, with snow-capped peaks and vast expanse of desert in every direction.
Written March 16, 2022
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Ntalabany
London, UK372 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I have done this hike 3 or 4 times now and it is always a pleasure and rewarding. This time, a few days after a snowstorm, parts of the trail were still icy; a little tricky to navigate on the way down for people wearing trainers. Parts of the trail are stone steps and the last bit is fairly flat. All in all a pretty easy hike (small kids did it). Even with a bit of snow and ice it only took half an hour to the top. It took almost as long to hike there from Ryan campsite. The views are brilliant. If you want to go for something special I recommend to get there in time for sunrise or sunset.
Written January 7, 2020
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AirCanuck
Calgary, Canada79 contributions
Feb 2020
We hiked Ryan Mountain on a recent afternoon, temperature was in the 50s at the trailhead and in the 40s by the time we got to the top. It was extremely windy and made for a short stop at the summit for the fantastic 360 degree views. Unfortunately the Ryan Mountain sign with the elevation marker had disappeared from the summit, so we couldn't take a similar photo to the one we took about six years ago when the kids were younger - we had hoped to do that for a neat comparison. Anyhow, it is still a great hike that provides some of the best views in Joshua Tree but doesn't take all day to complete. Highly recommended if you only have a couple of hours to fit a hike in. Take snacks and lots of water!
Written February 24, 2020
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Amy B
Tucson, AZ61 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Nice hike with many steps made of stone or rocks. It was cloudy the day we hiked so combined with the wind it was pretty chilly at the top. Interesting large boulders at the beginning of the hike.
Written January 28, 2022
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Rc1
Sacramento, CA377 contributions
Feb 2022
This is more than a moderate hike. It can be somewhat challenging in parts as getting to the trail head is mostly uphill. We walked up when it was also very windy and gusty which added to the difficulty level. That said, it’s a beautiful hike with wonderful views along the way.
Written February 21, 2022
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Chris_Berger
Huntington Beach, CA15 contributions
Jan 2021
A must at sunrise! Do yourself a favor and get up early, bring a flashlight, and brave the hike up in the dark; the sunrise from the top is absolutely worth it! Seeing the view at sunrise was the best hike I've done here out of the last four trips. The hike itself is a good one, 1000ft incline in only 1.5mi (your legs will feel it). In the dark it took about 50min to summit at a reasonable pace. Clearly marked and safe trail the whole way. Definitely check the weather. I went in the cold and it was much colder on the way up/at the top then it was at the bottom. The wind can really make it cold up there, but with gloves and a good jacket you'll be ok.
Written January 11, 2021
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PrMichaelM
Des Moines, IA568 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
About a thousand feet of elevation, hiking Ryan Mountain is certainly not for everyone. Probably not for most, but the truth is, if you like a good hike to get a workout but don’t have all day, this one’s perfect. As you can see from my trousers, we went up during a high wind warning making the precipice a bit uncomfortable late February! But don’t be deterred - it is worth the trip. Took us about an hour and a half but I’d allow for two.
Written March 5, 2021
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LisaMNUSA
Minnesota715 contributions
Mar 2022
It was a challenge trail for me due to 1.5 mile all the up hills to the summit. The day was windy and cold, it took me about 1.5 hours to get to the summit, 1 hour to get back. I felt good to be able to complete this trail, enjoyed the views along the way, and the 360C view on the summit
Written March 10, 2022
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