Hike Split Rock (Joshua Tree) Loop Trail
|In This Guide|
|Distance||2.5 miles (4 km)|
|Hike Time||1-2 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||360 feet (110m)|
|Highest Elevation||4,370 feet (1332m)|
|Fees & Permits||Park Entry Fee|
|Park Website (?)||Joshua Tree National Park|
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The Split Rock Trail in Joshua Tree is one of those hikes that packs a lot of scenery into a small package. The hike is just over 2 miles with minor ups and downs, and offers a mini “best-of” scenery tour, with some of the best rock viewing including Face Rock. And unlike the roadside attractions like Jumbo Rock, a small effort to do this hike will mean that you leave the crowds behind. The Split Rock Loop Trail is one of my favorite short hikes here in Joshua Tree. It’s easy, great for beginners, and a feast for the eyes.
How to Get to the Split Rock Trail
There is a marked turn off from the main Park Blvd pointing to the Split Rock Trailhead. Once you leave Park Blvd the road turns to dirt, but it’s fine for regular cars. Use this trailhead address:
Split Rock Loop Trail, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Gear for the Hike
This is a short, relatively easy hike, and you can get away with fitness or casual clothes here. If you have the option, light hiking gear will be your best bet. Hiking boots with cuffs will help keep the sand and debris away from your feet. Bring at least 1L of water, especially if it’s hot outside.
The La Sportiva Spire boots feel like comfortable sneakers but offer the protection of hiking boots. They’re great on everything from short hikes to longer hikes of 10+ miles. You don’t want to skimp on your feet.
Reviews & Lowest Prices: Women – Men
I test a lot of gear, and for short to medium day hikes, travel, and everyday use, the Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women) are consistently the best. They’re lightweight, hold a hydration bladder to make drinking water easy, have lots of pockets to organize gear, and most importantly, are incredibly comfortable. Check out the reviews; they are impressive.
Reviews & Colors Here: Osprey Stratos (men) and Osprey Sirrus (women)
If you’re not familiar with the Garmin InReach technology, it allows you to send and receive text messages where you don’t have cell phone signals. You can also get weather reports and trigger an SOS to emergency responders. Even if you don’t have an emergency, sending a quick message telling a loved one that you’re okay or are running late is well worth the cost. The Mini fits in your palm and weighs next to nothing. Read my review and see the lowest prices and reviews at REI (or Amazon).
Here’s my complete gear list that I personally use, have tested, and recommend, updated March 2020.See All of My Best Gear Picks Here
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If wildflowers are in bloom, check out this guide to flowers on the Split Rock Trail from Joshua Tree National Park to identify them.
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