Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
4,299.00 ft (1,310.34 m)
Trail type
30.40 mi (48.92 km)
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The Bigfoot Trail Loop is a 30.4-mile backcountry route that traverses through the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. It begins and ends with the Creosote Trail, located off of Park Boulevard, the park's main road, south of the West Entrance Station. This route starts in a popular tourist area, but then journeys through more remote areas and dips in and out of the Joshua Tree Wilderness. It follows trails that are suitable for running, hiking, and backpacking. A majority of the route is open to equestrians, but cyclists are prohibited (visit the national park’s website for information regarding where you can bike).

This is a moderately rated, scenic route that traverses across a vast Mojave Desert landscape. The elevation ranges between approximately 3,300 and 5,500 feet with an overall gain of 4,299’. The sandy trails wind up and down a hilly terrain dotted with creosote and mesquite. The route crosses rugged canyons, rocky washes, and open valleys with panoramic views of the Little San Bernardino Mountains. 

MILES / WAYPOINTS (mileages may be approximate)

00.00 - Start on Creosote Trail.

00.50 - Turn right on Bigfoot Trail.

02.50 - Cross Quail Wash.

08.70 - Cross the California Riding and Hiking Trail.

09.50 - Turn left and head south.

10.10 - Short out-and-back to a scenic vista. 

11.00 - Eureka Peak

11.20 - Follow Upper Covington Road.

14.40 - California Riding and Hiking Trail. 

16.20 - Head north.

18.30 - Continue on Lower Covington Road. 

19.20 - Lower Covington Flat.

20.60 - Rejoin Bigfoot Trail.

25.00 - Head southeast on the Panorama Trail.

28.20 - Turn left and head north on Bigfoot Trail.

29.10 - Turn right on South Side Connector Trail.

30.10 - End.


This hike is best in the fall and spring (October - May), when temperatures are more mild. Winter is manageable but it can get cold and windy and summer is extremely hot with little exposure and no water. 


The main challenges of this journey include a lack of shade, lack of water, and the possibility of extreme temperatures. Visitors should plan to carry sufficient water, dress in sun protective clothing, and avoid hiking on days with extreme heat. 


Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. For more information, please visit


A permit is required for backcountry camping in the park. Permits are easily accessible at a number of trailheads within the park and more information can be found at 


Joshua Tree National Park: 

Visitor Information: 1-760-367-5500


Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round





Solitude. Desert landscape. Vistas.


Lack of shade. Lack of water.

Trailhead Elevation

4,040.00 ft (1,231.39 m)

Highest point

5,448.00 ft (1,660.55 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Geologically significant
Horseback riding

Typically multi-day


Permit required


Permit self-issue on site



Nearby Adventures

Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California
Western Sonoran + Colorado Desert, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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