Hiking East on The California Riding and Hiking Trail
We've been hiking various sections of the California Riding and Hiking Trail in Joshua Tree National Park lately and it's been a lot of fun. This section heads off to the east from the parking area along the Geo Trail. If you hike all the way to Pinto Basin Road, it's about 4 miles. This time we only hiked in about two miles and then veered off to the rock formations to the left of the trail. We thought it would be interesting just to ramble around in the rocks, have lunch, a nap (always the nap in the sun) and then head back. You could spend the entire day just roaming around the interesting rock formations. There's all sorts of little side canyons and washes to explore and nice vistas from almost an vantage point. This is a nice hike when the other areas of the park get busy. The only people we met were two women at the parking lot who had stayed overnight. Try it sometime. Don't forget the wine.
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