Twin Tanks Hike

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8.2 km
This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
110 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Twin Tanks Hike is an excellent route to see birds, jackrabbits, lizards and other regional wildlife. The route also passes a number of uniquely beautiful rock formations that are perfect for photo opportunities. Take your time, and enjoy the stunning views.

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Route Description for Twin Tanks Hike

A good portion of the Twin Tanks Hike is not along designated Joshua Tree National Park trails, and so navigation can be difficult. We recommend that you bring navigational aids to help you along your journey. In addition to the navigational issues, there is not much shelter from the sun throughout the Twin Tanks Hike. Make sure you bring enough water, put on lots of sunscreen, and wear a good hat!

Having located the trailhead, make your way northwest. You will soon arrive at a stream that could be dry, depending on the time of year. Cross the stream and continue northwest. After a few hundred feet, the route veers sharply to the west, and begins to incline in elevation slightly.

You will continue on your western bearing until you reach a large hill. Just before the hill, the route turns sharply to the southeast, where it begins to steadily decline in elevation. The Twin Tanks Hike will then lead you towards Pinto Basin Road, and the parking lot, where your car will be waiting for you.

Getting to the Twin Tanks Hike Trailhead

The trailhead for the Twin Tanks Hike is located at a parking lot off of Pinto Basin Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    While Tank Campground

  • When to do

    Year Round

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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