Barber Peak Loop

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave Desert, California

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Barber Peak Loop


  • Barber Peak Loop Trailhead.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Yucca and cactus dominate the landscape.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Beavertail cactus in the Mojave Desert.- Barber Peak Loop
  • A bird perches on a cholla cactus near Barber Peak.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Bright yellow flowers bloom on creosote bushes in spring.- Barber Peak Loop
  • A view of Barber Peak from the loop trail.- Barber Peak Loop
  • An unusual vista of dead trees on the eastern side of Barber Peak.- Barber Peak Loop
  • How many species of cactus can you identify along this loop?- Barber Peak Loop
  • Red barrel cactus stand out among the brown and green landscape.- Barber Peak Loop
  • In some sections the trail is very easy to follow!- Barber Peak Loop
  • California juniper.- Barber Peak Loop
  • The Barber Peak Loop shows you the many different sides of the mountain.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Walk quietly and you'll see plenty of rabbits here.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Sweeping desert views await around every corner of the Barber Peak Loop.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Watch for trail posts as you walk on the heavily braided portions of the Barber Peak Loop.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Paintbrush in the Mojave.- Barber Peak Loop
  • Rock walls turn golden as the sun sets.- Barber Peak Loop
  • The Hole-In-The-Wall Formation near Barber Peak.- Barber Peak Loop
  • The last section of the loop takes you through the Rings!- Barber Peak Loop
  • Watch your step!- Barber Peak Loop
Overview + Weather
Quiet setting.
Trail is very exposed to sun.
Mojave Desert, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,200.00 ft (1,280.16 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Most visitors to the Hole-in-the-Wall area hike the short Rings Loop Trail and not much else. But if you've got the time and you're prepared for the weather, taking a walk around Barber Peak is an incredible opportunity to take in the Mojave Desert at its finest. This newest addition to the trail system at the Mojave National Preserve encircles Barber Peak, a massive mound of rock with dramatic cliffs and intriguing rock formations that change at every angle.

You can start the loop from the campground or from the road behind the Information Center at Hole-in-the-Wall. Walk counterclockwise and enter a world dominated by cactus, sand and rock. But the seemingly barren desert is brimming with life. During the daytime, lizards sun themselves on the rocks while rabbits dart from one shady spot to the next. Jays and wrens perch precariously atop yucca and cactus, searching the landscape for food. Raptors and crows soar overhead. 

The trail gently gains and loses elevation as it circles around the peak. You'll walk through sections of dry, dusty rocks with little vegetation as well as lush gardens of cacti and wildflowers. 

As you reach the end of the loop, the trail merges with the Rings Loop. As you enter Banshee Canyon you'll finally get some shade and enjoy a quick scamper up through a narrow slot, assisted by metal rings attached to the rock. 

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