Hike Split Rock Loop in Joshua Tree National Park

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Distance

2.65 miles

Elevation Gain

170 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Carter Clark

An easy hike around the awe-inspiring rocks that make Joshua Tree so incredible.

Starting out at the Split Rock Trail parking lot, you'll see Split Rock, which might be the most visited boulder in the park. Everyone makes a visit to it and while it is absolutely amazing, it's great to take the hour or two to wander around to more amazing scenery. 

Immediately upon starting there's a great little cave on the backside of Split Rock. After checking that out, you follow the cairns and signs on a loop around the site.

 About a mile and a half in, you see signs to split off to go see Face Rock or continue onward. It's a good little jaunt, but also a good spot to put some space in between you and other hikers if you are there in the busy season. 

Back on the main trail, you continue to wander around until you're back to large boulder fields. It's a great place to wander around, but be sure not to walk on any vegetation. 

This hike is very easy, but is a great warm up to seeing what is around you in this park. It also introduces you to some climbing spots that you may want to check out when you have your gear. 

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