Willow Hole

Joshua Tree National Park

Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California

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Willow Hole


  • The parking lot for the Boy Scout and Willow Hole trailheads.- Willow Hole
  • The path throughout the entire hike is well packed and easy to follow.- Willow Hole
  • Signage is quite clear on the trail. - Willow Hole
  • These arrows occasionally dot the trail, mainly at apparent intersections.- Willow Hole
  • The wonderful rock formations of Joshua Tree National Park.- Willow Hole
  • More of Joshua Tree National Park's countless rocks.- Willow Hole
  • The main wash that heads toward Willow Hole.- Willow Hole
  • Cloudy skies above Joshua Tree National Park still make for a gorgeous day!- Willow Hole
  • One of the seasonal pools at Willow Hole.- Willow Hole
  • The main wash.- Willow Hole
  • Willow Hole from a cave above the desert floor.- Willow Hole
Overview + Weather
Unique oasis. Great rock formations.
Crowded in season.
Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, CA
Pets allowed: 
Highest point: 
1,268.00 ft (386.49 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer
Total Distance: 
7.00 mi (11.27 km)
Total elevation gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,268.00 ft (386.49 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Willow Hole is a unique oasis in Joshua Tree National Park. From the Boy Scout Trailhead, the path is incredibly easy to follow. Begin at the trailhead and walk into the desert. The hike is fairly easy to follow, the path is well-trodden and quite clear. A half-mile into the hike, you will come to a junction. Follow the sign's directions towards Willow Hole.

Continue walking through the desert floor, taking in the alien landscape filled with the famous rock formations and Joshua trees that make the park so famous. You'll notice the trail start to slowly descend into a wash after about 2.75 miles of easy walking. The trail soon turns sandy away from the packed dirt. Continue through the wash, admiring the countless cacti and other flora. If you come in the spring or summer, you may get a peak at some beautiful blooms! Soon you will walk into what feels like a valley as massive quartzite walls tower above you on both sides. These are fun to scramble up and provide an excellent view of the desert. Make sure you can get back down though! Shortly after entering this valley, the amount of greenery greatly increases, and small seasonal ponds appear. At this point you've reached the terminus of the hike. Enjoy the small ponds and the areas around them! This is a great place to take a break, sip some water, have a snack. When you're ready, turn around and follow the trail back to the parking lot!

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