Let's go to Joshua Tree National Park

Come out and explore the many sides of this gem in the desert.

We'll drive to various points in the park (Barker Dam, Hidden Valley, Keys View), hiking for a total of 9 - 11 miles, with less than 2,000 ft elevation gain.  We'll see Joshua Trees, mining artifacts, odd rocks and boulders, old homesteads, Indian Petroglyphs, views of the Coachella Valley, and learn about the various ecosystems and rock formations in the park, in just one day.  Multiple out & back hikes are planned, so you can skip particular hikes and just enjoy the scenery if you wish.

Though we are meeting at 7:00 am, the hikes begin at 10:00 am (due to the distance from Los Angeles), finishing by 5:00 pm, with an expected return time to our meeting point of 7:30 pm.  Join us either at the Park & Ride or at the Barker Dam trailhead parking lot.  We may also grab dinner after the hike, depending on the consensus.

BRING: You should have at least 3 liters of water, snacks/lunch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a comfortable backpack.  You may also want to bring long-sleeve shirts and pants.  Due to some rocky terrain, comfortable hiking boots are recommended.

This hike is geared towards those with little or no experience with Joshua Tree NP, but all hikers are welcome. Due to the distance travelled to the trailhead by car (about 150 miles one way), you may want to consider carpooling from our meeting point.  However, the Sierra Club does not involve itself in, and does not take any responsibility for, carpooling and leaves it to each individual to make his/her own arrangements to the trailhead.  If you do choose to carpool, please consider the driver, the 300 mile roundtrip distance, and the current IRS mileage reimbursement rate of 55.5 cents a mile.  Also please bring any relevant National Parks passes you may have; entrance fee is $15 per vehicle.

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  • Andrew W.

    Sorry we missed everyone. We got to the meetup late coming from the camp ground and continued to miss you throughout the day. We finally saw some of the meetup at mt Ryan at sunset. Sounds like it all went well! Hope to join on another hike soon!

    February 24, 2014

  • Nina

    Thanks so much for all the amazing pictures posted so far... now I don't feel so bad about my camera dying on me!

    February 24, 2014

  • Nina

    Had a great time! Well planned out. Enjoyed all the different hikes.

    2 · February 22, 2014

  • Gregory F

    We're running a little behind because we have to find a campsite. Don't worry about waiting for us we'll find you in the first hike

    February 22, 2014

  • Mike C.

    Is anyone planning on driving for this event? I'll split costs for gas and the entrance fee. Would like to try and confirm with someone before showing up at 7am on Saturday. Thanks!

    February 18, 2014

    • Ajay

      Would you mind if I join your carpool? I will pitch in for gas and entrance fee.

      February 21, 2014

    • Nina

      I decided not to drive since there are enough drivers... The last one is headed out right now. Hope you guys find another way to get there!

      February 22, 2014

  • Liz

    I'd like to carpool as well. I can drive, I just don't want to ride alone! will be there @ 7:00am.

    February 19, 2014

    • Jerry

      Thanks. See u then

      February 20, 2014

    • Jerry

      Hello Liz. I can't make it. I will try next time.

      February 22, 2014

  • Claudia

    I'll be driving to the meet up location in the morning. & I hope to get a ride with someone. Thanks!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Ajay

      Claudia, are you planning to drive to the final destination? If you do, I would be more than happy to share the gas bill and park fee.

      February 21, 2014

    • Claudia

      I'm looking for someone to drive, my car can't take long trips like this without breaking down.

      February 21, 2014

  • Rob

    Hey Guys, A friend and I are driving out tomorrow and camping for two nights. We will be meeting everyone at the trailhead Sat morning.
    Let me know if anyone is interested in joining either both nights or just Saturday so I can consider snatching an adjacent camp site. I've stayed at Jumbo Rock a few times does anyone have any other campground recommendations?

    February 20, 2014

    • Gregory F

      I'm definitely down to join you Saturday night. Grab us a neighboring campsite if you don't mind. I don't have any campground preferences/recommendati­ons

      February 20, 2014

    • Clara B.

      booo next time robert!

      February 21, 2014

  • Kim T.

    My carpool plans from Torrance/Redondo Beach fell through....anyone interested in carpooling from the South Bay or along the 91?

    February 21, 2014

  • Daniel E.

    Got sick :(

    February 21, 2014

  • Jose M.

    Thank you to all the people that are willing to drive. I look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. Weather should be in the mid 60s to low 70s, perfect hiking weather! Please remember any America the Beautiful passes or JT passes that will allow entrance into the park. Otherwise, it is $15 per car.

    February 21, 2014

  • Efrain V.

    Hi Brian. You think I can squeeze myself , I give you gas money ...thanks.

    February 21, 2014

  • Brian

    Another driver here, for those looking to carpool. Must love NPR podcasts, and/or be willing to play DJ. :-) I'll have 2-3 spots, depending on if my buddy goes.

    Will be driving from Santa Clarita down to meeting spot by way of the 5, if anyone needs a pickup along the way.

    February 20, 2014

    • Jerry

      Hello Brian. I am interested and I will share gas if you don't mind. Thanks on advance.

      February 20, 2014

    • Brian

      I guess everyone's figuring it out in the parking lot. But between Liz and me, sounds like you should be covered.

      February 21, 2014

  • Porsche

    Hello! If my guest and I can't make it by 7 am, can we meet you at 10 am?

    February 19, 2014

    • Jose M.

      Yup

      1 · February 19, 2014

    • Shannon

      We're meeting at the trailhead as well.

      February 21, 2014

  • Gregory F

    I plan on camping after the event and heading back sometime on Sunday. Does anyone with similar plans want to carpool?

    February 17, 2014

    • Ajay

      @Gregory, did you change your mind?

      February 19, 2014

    • Shannon

      Quack

      February 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, we're supposed to figure out rides from the parking lot the morning of?!

    January 27, 2014

    • Erin F.

      I'll be meeting at the park and ride

      February 19, 2014

    • Ajay

      Any settlement if anyone is driving (in this thread)?

      February 20, 2014

  • Ajay

    I was wondering if I can carpool with someone. I will pitch in for gas and entrance fee. I promise to bring loads of fruits for the carpool. Any takers?

    February 20, 2014

  • Clara B.

    I'm leaving from Burbank, any one wanna stay the night? Or hit up palm springs??

    January 28, 2014

    • Ajay

      Hey, are you camping or staying in a hotel?

      February 20, 2014

  • Efrain V.

    Hi.!.i'd like to carpool , I'll help with gas and entrance fee..

    February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, i want to go but would prefer to carpool. anyone want to split gas and entrance fee?

    February 9, 2014

    • Erin F.

      yup i'd be down for that

      February 17, 2014

    • Meryl

      I'm down to split costs for gas and entrance, but I would need a ride from the meeting point to Joshua tree

      February 18, 2014

  • Jerry

    I am a newbie

    February 17, 2014

  • Michael

    Anyone want to climb?

    February 17, 2014

  • Luciano

    WTB ride from carpool. Have $ + almonds.

    February 5, 2014

  • Luciano

    Oh man, time to start training tomorrow after 3 months of innactivity!

    February 5, 2014

  • Zoe X.

    I will be meeting at the park and ride. Will need a ride

    February 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to go to Joshua tree! Love this high desert and look forward to learning and seeing new things there

    February 2, 2014

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