Scale is 0 to 4.
Time of year visited: March
- View: 2.5 This spot was tucked in a tiny knoll. An easy walk to the top provided wider desert views.
- Water: 0 You’re in the desert. During my three night stay, I didn’t see a trace of water in this area. Pack it all in.
- Accessibility: 3 I hiked in along the Ryan Johnnie Connector Trail. It was just over 2 miles in from the parking lot at the Boy Scout Trailhead.
- Solitude: 2.5 For this spot I hiked in the afternoon and didn’t see anyone after about a mile in. No passers by and no other hikers, even from a distance, until late afternoon the next day. Climbing up a nearby ridge, you can see cars below on Park Boulevard.
- Comfort: 1.5 It was rocky and a bit inclined, almost like you were sleeping in… the desert.
- Coolness: 2 For a midwestern boy, camping in this arid climate is pretty neat. A desert has become my destination of choice to escape the dreary Indiana winters.
Of Note: Joshua Tree National Park is where the Mohave Desert and Colorado Desert meet. Driving through the park from from northwest to southeast you pass through the distinct terrains of the Little San Bernadino Mountains and the Pinto Basin. If you have some map and compass skills, Joshua Tree is a good place for off trail hiking. There is not much brush to bushwhack your way through and landmarks are visible from a distance.