Desert Hot Springs, CA
On Monday we headed back north into Joshua Tree NP to do a hike recommended to us by Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road). The trailhead is 1.7 miles from the west entrance to the park at a small parking area on the north side of Palm Blvd.
Three trails branch off from this trailhead. We followed the loop hiked by Hans and Lisa combining the North View, Maze Loop, and Window Trails for a hike of a bit over seven miles. The trails went up and down as they weaved through neat rock formations
Some of the formations looked like walls built by ancient civilizations.
Some of the rocks above us looked like animals or objects.
About half way around the loop we could see “The Window” ahead of us.
The Window Trail goes around the other side of The Window, but the view of it from that side is not that impressive.
As we hiked the last third of the loop we thought for sure that we spotted a Big Horn Sheep sitting high on the rocks. But a zoom photo revealed it to just be a rock.
Thanks Hans and Lisa for pointing out this hike to us. It is long enough and has enough elevation gain and loss to give the legs a good workout and has enough great scenery to keep the mind engaged!