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Ryan Mountain Trail

Ryan Mountain Trail


Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 33.98610°N / 116.1347°W

Object Title: Ryan Mountain Trail

Route Type: 3 mi RT, Hike

Time Required: Less than two hours

Difficulty: Walk-up, 1100' elev. gain

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Created/Edited: Feb 12, 2004 / Feb 12, 2004

Object ID: 160066

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Park at the Ryan Mountain traihead parking lot just past Sheeps Pass Campground. The trail head begins at about 4400' from this parking area.

Route Description

The route is easy to follow as there is a well worn path leading all the way to the top. From the parking lot you head straight for about 300 yards until you reach a junction where you turn right. You then begin ascending around the base of the smaller mountain to the south of Ryan's summit. You will eventually follow the drainage between the two mountains until you reach a small saddle where the trail turns more southerly toward the summit. Follow this to the top and relax an enjoy the spectacular desert view.

Essential Gear

Adequate sunscreen and water are essential for even short hikes in Joshua Tree.

Miscellaneous Info

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View to the north from the top of Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree National ParkHuge rocks on the side of Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree National ParkJoshua Tree with San Gorgino Peak in the background, at the summit of Ryan MountainCrazy RocksJacinto from RyanThe Wonderland of Rocks seen from the summit of Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree National ParkRyan Mountain True named summit.
Sign at the top of Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree National ParkFun rock at Ryan trailhead.The Wonderland of Rocks seen from partway up Ryan Mountain, Joshua Tree National ParkRyan MountainPencil Cactus