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Barker Dam Loop

Beginning Elevation: 4,240 Feet (1321.7 Meters) Barker Dam Loop Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Ending Elevation: 4,240 Feet (1321.7 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 1.0 Mile (1.6 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Winter and Spring
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

The Barker Dam Trail leads in a one-mile loop around a natural dam and the lake formed by it. During the twentieth century the lake was enlarged twice for ranching purposes. Today it remains for use by the natural inhabitants of the area. The trail is easy with little elevation gain. It leads over boulders and through sandy areas. A short spur trail provides an opportunity for visitors to view petroglyphs and a grinding site of Native Americans.

Directions from Oasis Visitor Center: Follow Twentynine Palms Highway (62) westward to Joshua Tree. In Joshua Tree turn left on Park Boulevard, which becomes Quail Springs Road after crossing Alta Loma Drive. Follow Quail Springs Road to the improved road that leads to Hidden Valley Campground. Continue driving past the campground entrance about one mile to the Barker Dam Trail parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Barker Dam Loop
ICON Bird Identification Barker Dam Loop
ICON Plant Identification Barker Dam Loop
ICON Viewing Historic Sites A short spur trail provides an opportunity for visitors to view petroglyphs and a grinding site of Native Americans.
ICON Viewing Scenery Barker Dam Loop

Related Activities
Desert Queen Ranch - This site includes the mine, mill and ranch that belonged to long time desert residents, Bill and Frances Keys. It is open daily to the public for guided tours.

Hidden Valley Campground - This site lies at an elevation of 4,200 feet along Quail Springs Road. It is close to hiking, backpacking, information sources and picnicking opportunities.

Wall Street Mill Trail - This trail leads through abandoned structures and historic markers of mining activity in the area. It is a short and easy trek.

More Information

Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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