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April 20, 2012

Boy Scout Trail

Yesterday I hiked the Boy Scout Trail with Great Outdoors in Joshua Tree National Park. It was my first time on this trail, which is about 8 miles one way from the main park road to near Indian Cove campground. We did a car shuttle, so we could avoid hiking back and uphill. Temperatures peaked at around 90° up there yesterday.

Boy Scout Trail
Map of the trail.
We hiked one way, roughly south to north.

Boy Scout Trail Elevation Profile
More than a thousand foot drop going in our direction.

Boy Scout Trail (0732)

Boy Scout Trail (0739)

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0769)
There were flowers.

Cactus on the Boy Scout Trail (0770)

Mojave Mound Cactus (0733)

Joshua Tree Bloom (0740A)
Including a few Joshua Tree blooms

Yucca Bloom (0771)Yucca Bloom (0729)
Yucca blooms.

Indian Paintbrush (0745)

Watering Trough (0756)
An old, sanded-up watering trough.

The complete set of photos is here.

Filed under Cactus,California,Photography | permalink | April 20, 2012 at 09:44 AM


I know of no shuttle services anywhere in the park, except for one you provide yourself. Our group parked half its vehicles at the end of the trail, then came back to the beginning of the trail in the other half and did the hike.

Posted by: Ron's Log at Jun 9, 2013 9:15:46 AM


I'm planning to do the Boy Scout trail next month, but I can't find in the Internet if there is a permanent shuttle from Indian Cove back to the Boy Scout trailhead. Do you know if the shuttle is there during the whole week?

Thanks so much for your help,

Posted by: Jana at Jun 9, 2013 8:35:47 AM

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