Summary: This is a good, quick and relatively easy scramble up the side of a hill. It only took me about 15 minutes to get up there, and I didn't have to stop to rest. Watch for loose footing and spiky succulents, cholla, cacti, and any other pitfalls you may encounter.
I can't give any advice on which way to go, just choose what looks best to you.
This is a great place to enjoy the cerulean sky, and to get away from the Disneylanders that flock in other more popular parts of the park.
Negro Hill is definitely off the beaten path, and it rivals Ryan Mountain as the best view in the park. From the top you get a 360 that includes Queen Valley, Ryan Mountain, San G and Jac, Wonderland of rocks, Pine City, and much more.
Be careful on the way down, it is harder going than it was coming up.
Trailhead: Take the 10 freeway to the 62 - head North, pass through Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley and the town of Joshua Tree. You will see signs that say Joshua Tree National Park. Turn right on Park Avenue, there is a sign and a stoplight. Follow the road for 6 miles to the entrance gate. Pay your entrance fee and continue, drive for about ten miles, until you see the sign for Parker Dam, turn left and follow this road almost to the parking lot. Here you will see a dirt road on your right - this is Queen Valley Road - follow it. You will come to a fork, take the left one. Follow it to the parking area and new restroom.
You can also make a left at Geology tour road to get to the parking area.
There is no trail, just walk through the wash and up the side of Negro Hill, careful it is rocky. (Lat:34.02662 Lon:-116.08584)
Trail Guides for Joshua Tree NP - Negro Hill:
On Foot in Joshua Tree National Park
by Patty A. Furbush (M.I. Adventure Publications)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Joshua Tree National Park (760)367-5500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by SDK on 4/14/2008
On Saturday, a very nice hike, pleasant low 70s, although a chillier breeze near the crest. Wildflowers slightly past their peak overall, but a good number and wide variety still flowering in the wash and slopes. A variety of cactiâ€”only a few blooming but many buds to openâ€”particularly in isolated rock gardens on upper slopes, some like cactus nurseries with small plants everywhere you turn. Yuccas are also plentiful; most in full bloom. The view from the top is wonderful, butterflies flittering in circles around us. I think that the 360 vista here is better than Ryan Mtn. Although parking was fairly crowded, we saw no one in the wash or on Negro Hill; most were going to Desert Queen Mine. Certainly one of the best hikes I've taken in
Reviewed by cs on 10/5/2007
I only made it about half way up because I kept slipping on the loose rocks and I was worried about breaking my camera. But the view was still great! Very nice hike, I'm definitely planning on trying it again someday
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