Listed in the order that I would do them if I only had a limited time to spend in the park.
1. Wonderland of Rocks
Last March Denali Girl, BarbE, Snow Dog and I met Star Dancer in the Wonderland of Rocks as we were coming down off of Valhalla Dome and looping out through the wonderland... she has been exploring Joshua Tree National Park for more than 20 years and two days after we met her she took us to a area in the wonderland that she referred to as Shangrila... just an awesome place.
A couple of days ago Denali Girl reconnected with Star Dancer and she offered to guide us back into the wonderland on one of her favorite loop trips... suffice to say, we jumped at the opportunity and were not disappointed.
We started from the southern end of the wonderland... entering at the Bagley homestead (aka Wonderland Ranch) and exiting at the southern end of the wonderland at the Wall Street Stamp Mill... leaving less than a mile trail hike back to the car.
A 4.2 mile hike/scramble, gaining 700 feet of elevation.
IMO, anything in the Wonderland of Rocks would be at the top of my park list of hikes.
I'm envious. These days, I can only look, but it's nice to know that people I've known can still get out there and do it, in places I'd like to be. ..... As always, your report from the Rocks is 'the next best thing'.
-------------- Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you....... Go and find it. Go!
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