Hidden Valley Nature Trail, Hidden Valley Picnic Area and Parking, Joshua Tree National Park, California

Hidden Valley Nature Trail - 1.1 miles

Hidden Valley Picnic Area and Parking

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley

Round-Trip Length: 1.1 miles
Start-End Elevation: 4,205' - 4,205' (4,257' max elevation)
Elevation Change: +52' net elevation gain (+196' total roundtrip elevation gain)
Skill Level: Easy
Dogs Allowed: No
Bikes Allowed: No
Horses Allowed: No
Related Trails:

Hidden Valley Nature Trail - 1.1 Miles Round-Trip

Hidden Valley Nature Loop rings the inside of a natural corral made of towering rock walls and large boulders.

Hidden Valley's natural encasement funnels and traps rain, creating a unique micro-habitat that brings together a wide range of plants and animals not typically found together in this section of the Park.

In 1936, desert pioneer Bill Keys blasted a notch through these walls to improve access for his cattle herds. Today this serves as Hidden Valley's main access point.

Healthy populations of Joshua Tree, pinyon, juniper and oak share space with mesquite, yucca, nolina, various cacti and dozens of other species.

The valley's unique combination of water, shade and rock make such diversity and abundance possible. Many of Joshua Tree's small mammals rely on Hidden Valley's abundant food sources for survival.

The trail is ideal for families, runners and those with limited time or abilities. Skilled climbers can scale the encasement walls to great vantages over the Hidden Valley basin.

Facebook Comments

Interactive GPS Topo Map

Key GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84

  • N34 00.743 W116 10.083 — 0.0 miles: Hidden Valley Nature Loop Trailhead
  • N34 00.787 W116 10.141 — .1 miles : Begin nature loop
  • N34 00.743 W116 10.083 — 1.1 miles : Hidden Valley Nature Loop Trailhead

Worth Noting

  • It should be noted that, while the trail is generally easy to follow, many informal and unsanctioned offshoots exist. Hikers should be cognizant of the trail's circular direction.

  • Hidden Valley is very popular with rock climbers.

  • This is an ideal early morning or late afternoon hike (particularly for lighting), and great year-round trail run.

Directions to Trailhead

The Hidden Valley Picnic Area and Trailhead is located approximately 10 miles from the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, and 18 miles from the West Entrance Station. The trailhead is on the southeast road spur off of Park Bouldevard.

Contact Information

Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Visitor Information

Trip Reports

There are no trip reports on this trail.


No one has written any comments


Add Comment

Only used to identify you to ProTrails. Will not show on comments list.
Tell us when your experience with this trail happened.