Old Dale Road

Total Miles
25.8

Elevation

756.64 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

An iconic trail in the mountains of Joshua Tree National Park. Start from either the north or the south trailhead and enjoy a trek through the history and beauty of the desert. Visit abandoned mines throughout the trail, or set up camp away from the crowds. This trail can be done in any high-clearance 4x4.

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Old Dale Road
Old Dale Road
Old Dale Road

Difficulty

70% Of the trail is in deep sand that requires 4WD and the 30% is small to moderate-sized rocks that can pose damage to low clearance vehicles.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Ashton Fera
Apr 13, 2024
2021 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
First long stretch is all washboard and quickly passable. Most difficult section will be reached as you exit the park. It is currently washed out and so the rocks are very exposed. 4wd and mildly high clearance would be required. A stock 4x4 on AT tires would be able to complete the trail.
Kaleb Padgett
Mar 24, 2024
2024 Jeep Wrangler
Open
Normal
Dusty
Fun trail. There a few more fun obstacles in the beginning (coming from the highway 62 side) than towards the end, but still definitely worth tackling. Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (mine) and Toyota Tacoma (friend’s) straight conquered with little to no issues.
Mark Talkington
Feb 24, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard
Stacked rocks in three spots as we headed out of the park going uphill from Low Desert to High Desert. Definitely do not recommend without high clearance.
Michael Treanor
Feb 17, 2024
2021 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
The last 2 miles heading into Joshua tree are quite rough, large rocks and shelf Road.

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