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Joshua Tree National Park – Ryan Mountain – Palm Springs Area, CA

 One of the first things you realize about Joshua Tree National Park is it’s size.   Spend some time before your trip to plan what areas/trails you would like to see.   At over 789,745 acres, you will have plenty to choose from.  Temperatures can vary greatly depending what time of year you visit the park.  Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, and water.    

We chose a relatively short hike to the summit of Ryan Mountain (2-3 hours, 3 miles round trip).   The summit is at 5,461 ft., affording you views of Lost Horse, Queen, and Pleasant Valleys.  You really get a great 360 view of the park from the top.   If you are afraid of heights, this is not the hike for you (I won’t mention any names). 

I am looking forward to coming back soon to explore other areas of the park.   There is so much to cover, you could easily spend a week here and not see everything. 

Official Website:

Contact Info:
Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597
(760) 367-5500

Ryan Mountain Trailhead:
 34° 0’9.11″N
116° 8’9.16″W