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Tips & Advice

Tips for Hiking the Hidden Valley Trail

by Kyrstin Stone
1 month ago

Ready to get out into nature but not really prepped for an all-day hike? Well, the Hidden Valley Nature Trail in Joshua tree National Park is for you! This 1-mile loop is perfect for a walk, a scramble up a few rocks, or even a little run if you feel so inclined.

I’m an avid hiker who loves a good summit, but I did this hike with a group of friends whose activity levels ranged from walking a few times a week to virtually nonexistent, and everyone had a great time. 

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A FEW TIPS:

  1. It cost $30 to enter Joshua tree National and the fee will allow you entry for up to 7 days (#protip: buy a “Parks Pass” online for $80 for free entry into all US National Parks).
  2. There is very little cell service when you get into the park so if you’re in multiple cars make sure and pick a designated meeting time at the trailhead beforehand.
  3. Parking over the weekend can be a pain so be prepared for that.
  4. Explore more trails! Hidden Valley Trail is one of many so grab a brochure from the ranger upon entry and get ready for a great day.

As always, respect the land that you are on and enjoy this break from city life!

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BONUS: THE PERFECT SPOT IN OR AROUND JOSHUA TREE FOR...

A QUICK COFFEE: FRONTIER CAFE

Eat

Ruko

Typical price per person

$0-25
$$$$
Lunch Breakfast

A SIT-DOWN BREAKFAST: CROSSROADS CAFE

Eat

Crossroads Cafe

Typical price per person

$25-50
$$$$
Casual Dining

LUNCH: LA COPINE

Eat

La Copine

Typical price per person

$$$$

DINNER: KITCHEN IN THE DESERT IN 29 PALMS

Eat

Kitchen in the Desert

Typical price per person

$25-50
$$$$
Lunch Pet Friendly

AFTER-DINNER DRINKS: JOSHUA TREE SALOON

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Joshua Tree Saloon

Typical price per person

$0-25
$$$$
Casual Dining Pet Friendly

LIVE MUSIC AND A SCENE: PAPPY AND HARRIETS

Play

Pappy & Harriet's

Typical price per person

$0-25
$$$$
Live Music After Dinner Drinks

VINTAGE SHOPPING: THE END (OR ANYWHERE ALONG 29 PALMS HWY)

Play

The End

Typical price per person

$$$$

Happy Traveling!

Kyrstin Stone

I work in brand marketing and, through my career, was able to discover my love for traveling, It all started in pre uber days when a friend of mine started a door to door hostel shuttle service and brought me on to do marketing and...drive! It's been a ride since!

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