Neither of us planned to make a trip back home for Easter so we thought it was a perfect time to take a long weekend and spend some time in the great outdoors at Joshua Tree National Park. The summers can get extremely hot so the shoulder season is a perfect time for a visit (the days were a hot and sunny 75* and the nights were in the low 50’s).
After waking up early to make the drive down to southern California, we checked in to Black Rock campground and pitched our campsite, which was surrounded by picturesque Joshua Trees.
To take advantage of the sunlight, we set out for a seven mile hike around Black Rock Canyon trail and Panorama Loop trail, which led up to views of the Little San Bernardino Moutains. Along the way, we came across a very exciting and very quintessential desert sight!
The next morning, we drove into the main part of Joshua Tree National Park to do some more hiking and to get closer to the Wonderland of Rocks. Our first hike was another seven mile trek that started at the Boy Scout trailhead and branched off to take us through groves of Joshua Trees and past huge rock formations.
After eating lunch and watching the rock climbers in Hidden Valley, we headed to Ryan Mountain. The trail was three miles round trip, but was a steep climb straight up. Once at the top, we enjoyed 360 degree views of of Lost Horse, Queen, and Pleasant valleys on the 5,461 foot summit.
Back at camp that night, we relaxed and enjoyed our first trip in the desert.
Our camping adventure to southern California earned us another check on our west coast bucket list. And for those of you curious to know, yes, we did listen to a few U2 tracks while hiking amongst the Joshua Trees…