When winter comes, California hikers flock to Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert. Hiking Ryan Mountain is an excellent way to see great views of the top of the park.
Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree California
Looking for the best views of Joshua Tree National Park? Ryan Mountain is your destination.
Once you reach the top, you’ll find a 360-degree view of the park with mountains on one side and the vast desert on the other.
You can reach Ryan Mountain via the Ryan Mountain Trail. The trail is about a mile and a half and lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The path is easy to follow; it winds towards the mountain and the top, giving you a beautiful view while hiking. The slope is not too steep, but the walk can be tough if there is a strong wind. It can be very windy on Ryan Mountain. But rest assured, even then you can take a nice walk. It is relatively short, and the views are worth it.
When you reach the top, you are literally and symbolically blown away. It is not often that there is no wind at the top. Yet you hardly notice this, because the view is magnificent.
From the top, you can see Queen Valley, Pinto Basin, Lost Horse Valley and even the snow-covered peak of Mount San Jacinto in the distance.
To get to Ryan Mountain, go via Park Boulevard from Joshua Tree Town. After about 30 kilometres you will see a sign for Keys View. Turn left and go a little over three kilometres until you see a parking lot on the side of the road with a symbol for the path. It is usually not very busy.
While snow covers much of the land in winter, Joshua Tree is at its best. Hiking the Ryan Mountain Trail is an excellent way to view it.