December 17, 2012

Hike Review: Baker Dam Loop at Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California
Distance: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: easy, kid friendly
Elevation Change: none
Time of Year Best: Year round (very hot in summer)
Recommended Map: Joshua Tree National Geo Map

When visiting from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, the trail head is nine miles into the park on the left.  Road signs will point you to the appropriate parking space.  The hike is very easy to navigate and there is minimal elevation change.  Much of the trail is on granite rock.  The highlights: water in the desert, dam, cattle watering trough, rock piles, petroglyphs, and blue skies (usually).