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    Samuelsons Rocks Trail

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    5.3 km
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    68 m
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    The Samuelsons Rocks Trail is a moderately difficult route that offers scenic views of the surrounding terrain. The highlight of the route would most definitely be the Samuelson Rocks themselves. Chiseled by hand decades ago, the rocks are inscribed with thought provoking messages. On the route, an assortment of other historical artifacts can also be found.

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    Route Description for Samuelsons Rocks Trail

    The Samuelsons Rocks Trail is a moderately difficult route by Joshua Tree National Park standards, meaning it should be avoided by those with young children. It is also important to keep in mind that the route is poorly signed at best, so you should ensure that your equipment and skills are up to the challenge before attempting.

    With your car parked, make your way south across the relatively flat terrain that lay ahead. You will soon arrive at the Quail Wash, at which point you will begin to follow it as it heads west. The Quail Wash will lead you to a path called Bigfoot Trail that you will then follow to the south. After a few hundred feet, the Samuelson Rocks will be visible.

    Take your time as you walk throughout the area, being sure to appreciate the Samuelson Rocks and other historic ruins scattered around. Once you have thoroughly explored, retrace your steps back towards the parking lot.

    Getting to the Samuelsons Rocks Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Samuelsons Rocks Trail can be found at a parking lot off of Park Boulevard.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      Year Round

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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