The Grown Up Jungle Gym - Intro Guide to Joshua Tree

by Josh Meunier

The Grown Up Jungle Gym - Intro Guide to Joshua Tree


When you think of adventure what comes to your mind? Adventure is one of those words that most of us connect with a feeling of careless freedom where the troubles of the world melt away and we can live in the moment.  Those moments expand our minds and create lasting memories that can make our lives that much more fulfilled.  If you’re like the Everyday California squad you live for this.     

How cool would it be to watch the Milky Way rise, or crank a hike up a boulder formation to watch the sunset? If you’re like me, just the thought makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  The hottest destination for hikers, climbers, and campers in Southern California is Joshua Tree.  At a massive 790,636-acres that connects the Colorado and Mojave deserts, Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect place to fulfill your adventure side while offering an incredible grown up jungle gym for his or her inner child. 

Photocred: @Koollin4

Sometimes I forget that the world is absolutely massive and in order to cover the ground you just need to get out there and start walking. Jtree is a combination of a high and low desert that offers some great diversity in vegetation and elevation.  If you like getting your boots dusty or just want to go for a little stroll then you can get your fix.  Within the park there are treks from 0.3miles to 6 miles with different challenges and changes in elevation.  

Check out Arch Rock for a lite walk or cruise to Hidden Valley for and intermediate hike and some boulder climbing.  If you want to make it a day adventure make sure you shuffle your feet towards the 6.5-mile Lost Horse loop trail.  You can even check out the mine itself and continue on to find some excellent views of Malpais Hill and more.  There is a little hidden gem further along the trail that you will find and you might not expect! 

There are plenty of adrenaline junkies here at Everyday California that enjoy the challenge of scaling the toughest of climbs. Joshua Tree is your perfect destination from the beginner to advanced climbers out there. With over 8,000 different climbing routes and 400+ climbing formations there are plenty of options to get your grip on and go scale some earth. 

Photocred: @slamma_jamma

Check out our resident mermaid and climbing enthusiast, Sammi about to crack out on a midafternoon track at JTree.  Talk about a great replacement for your morning coffee, five-hour energy, or whatever helps you skip to your Lou. Not to mention the fact that you can you’ll be absolutely shredded with one of the best full body, flexi-yogi, workouts you can find on the planet.  

Are you a baller on a budget or don’t want to wait six months to save up $10G’s to skip town and go to some tropical destination for a week? At Joshua Tree you can put your wallet away and dust off your camping gear after a long cold winter.  There are almost 500 campsites in Joshua Tree where you can rest your head and most are first come first serve.  Even for the top visited camping spots all it could cost you is an online registration.  

It doesn’t matter if you’re a sunset or sunrise person there are plenty of great places to burn some campfires, bust out the whiskey or water, and watch the stars.  Some of our favorite places are Jumbo Rocks or White Tank for incredible views and formations that can take your breath away. 

I believe that the best part of Joshua Tree is the fact that you can catch that feeling of living free.  Sometimes getting down to your grass roots and remembering who you are with only the bare necessities is important.  

There is a lot of talk now days about being present and living in the moment.  At some point in our lives we all look forward to the times where our service bar is non-existent.  Can you remember the last time you had no emails, no phone calls with just fresh air and free living?  If you don’t it might be time to disconnect.  Joshua Tree is a great place to just get away from the hustle of everyday life and reset your mind or tweak it out but I’ll leave that up to you.  

You can see our resident ninja Duke, a frequent Jtreer, contemplating the universe and more than likely figuring out what’s for dinner.  He’s like a rare breed of snow leopard and when spotted should be photographed and given only the freshest of brewed coffees.  You may see him from a distance and he is friendly.  However he does come equipped with throwing stars and a gaze stronger than a vampire’s glamour.

We’re just scratching the tip of the iceberg that is Joshua Tree, but we want to give you some food for thought of just a few things that we love about this place.  

If you’re visitor or anywhere close to Palm Springs, Los Angeles, or San Diego make sure that you make the short drive over to Joshua Tree and get your own taste of free living.  


Josh Meunier
Josh Meunier

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