Hike Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree

Ryan Mountain is a well marked trail inside Joshua Tree National Park. This is my favorite hike in Joshua Tree because of the expansive top-down view of the park from the 5,457 foot peak. The trail is a steep climb to the summit, 1000 feet in a mile and a half. 

Hiking Info

Trailhead location: Ryan Trailhead
Loop Trail Hike: 3 miles out & back
Rated: Moderate
Free Parking on the side of the road

Tip: Bring plenty of water because the desert air is so dry!

When to go

The best time to hike this trail are in Spring and Fall when the weather is moderate. Avoid hiking this trail in the summer.

Ryan Mountain Hike

When you start this hike, you’ll see some large boulders on the right and stairs leading the way.

There are some really great boulders to explore at this trailhead, this one below looks like a dinosaur to me. Can you see it?

As you climb up the mountain you’ll see expansive views of Joshua Tree National Park.

Do you know any other great hikes in Joshua Tree we should try? Please leave them in the comments below.