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Rings Loop Trail

Mojave National Preserve

Mojave Desert, California

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Rings Loop Trail

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  • View into the mouth of Banshee Canyon.- Rings Loop Trail
  • View back into Banshee Canyon.- Rings Loop Trail
  • The Rings Loop Trail flattens out as it loops back.- Rings Loop Trail
  • The trail follows a sandy wash.- Rings Loop Trail
  • Unidentified berries (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Rings Loop Trail
  • The climb down is assisted by metal rings.- Rings Loop Trail
  • View back into Banshee Canyon.- Rings Loop Trail
  • The cliff walls are dotted with holes.- Rings Loop Trail
  • Desert Rhubarb in bloom.- Rings Loop Trail
  • Petroglyphs carved by the first inhabitants of the Mojave.- Rings Loop Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique rock formations. Petroglyphs.
Cons: 
Extreme temperatures in summer.
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Region:
Mojave Desert, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.40 mi (2.25 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,300.00 ft (1,310.64 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Rings Loop Trail is a short but rewarding hike in the Mojave National Preserve. The trail begins at the northern end of the Hole-In-The-Wall Visitor Center picnic area, and it quickly descends into Banshee Canyon. There are two stretches in which some climbing is required, and metal rings have been secured into the canyon rock to provide assistance. After about a quarter of a mile the trail reaches the bottom of the canyon and levels out. This is a great spot to explore the holes in the rock walls, which are unique formations created by volcanic activity. The holes were shaped by gas pockets trapped in cooling lava, which were then exposed by wind and water erosion over time. The rest of the hike is relatively easy as the trail circles back to the parking lot through the open desert. Keep an eye out for petroglyphs, which were carved here thousands of years ago by the first occupants of the Mojave.

There are facilities and picnic tables at the trailhead. Hole-In-The-Wall Campground is a short walk north of the trailhead, and it has 35 sites for RVs and tents as well as two walk-in sites.

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