Hiking Skull Rock & Jumbo Rocks Loop In Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree National Park, Skull Rock

Skull Rock and Jumbo Rocks are two more highly popular scenic attractions in Joshua Tree National Park. This super short 1.7 mile hike (2 miles if you wander through the campground like we did), is another must-do hike for anyone wanting to soak in the majesty of Joshua Tree. It’s easily reachable from the park’s northern Loop Road, and is engaging enough even for young kids — particularly with all the cool rocks to climb. [Read more…]

Ryan Ranch Trail: An Easy Historic Joshua Tree Hike

Joshua Tree National Park, Ryan Ranch

This little one mile trail is flat and easy enough for people who physically can’t do much hiking. And it’s short enough, with some cool old artifacts at the end, to keep the attention of even the youngest hikers. The views are beautiful, and the destination provides some of the only abandoned structures in the park through which visitors can walk. [Read more…]

Our favorite hikes of 2011

Baldy Moonlight Hike

On December 30th, Jeff and I met (slightly surpassing) our goal to hike 200 miles in 2011. We have trekked through some pretty spectacular scenery this past year, all of varying difficulty, topography, climates and ecosystems. These stand out as our absolute favorites of 2011. [Read more…]