Hikers of all abilities will love this 1.1-mile loop Barker Dam Hike through the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree NP. If you’re lucky enough to be traveling in the winter or spring you’ll be treated to a rare sight in the desert, water. This Barker Dam was constructed in the 1900s and provides the only opportunity to photograph reflecting rock formations in its still waters. I suggest you arrive early and after a decent rain to ensure the best photograph results. However, if you’re here in the winter it can get quite cold and you may want to hike this trail in the middle of the day.
From the Joshua Tree National Park, Visitor Center enter the park on Quail Springs Road that turns into Park road once you enter the Joshua Tree National Park. Travel about 15 miles on Park/Quail Springs Road. Turn right on Baker Dam Road and travel about 1.5 miles till you reach the Baker Dam Parking lot.
- Address: The end of Baker Dam Road.
- Duration: 1hr
- Length: 1.1 mile loop
- Elevation Gain: mostly flat
- Activity Level: easy
- Terrain: Full Sun – Bring a hat and lots of water.
- Other: Protected Desert Bighorn Sheep area. No Dogs.
- Wear good walking/scrambling shoes, bring lots of water, and wear a hat and sunscreen.
- Bring an umbrella for shade.