PS - Hike: Mastodon Peak Loop

  • Tue, November 15, 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Joshua Tree National Park Cottonwood Entrance

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Mastodon Peak in Joshua Tree National Park

The Mastodon loop trail is an easy, 2.5 mile loop that travels past the Mastodon mine and Winona Mill site.  The mine was a gold mine that operated between 1919 and 1932.  The Mastodon peak (3440’), just above the mine, was named by early prospectors because of its resemblance to the early pre-historic elephant head.  A short spur trail leads to the summit of the peak.  The trail to the peak, although not too difficult, will require some rock scrambling to get to the top.  From the top of the peak there are views of the Cottonwood area, Eagle Peak, Monument Mountain, Mt. San Jacinto, Shavers Valley and the Salton Sea.  

  • Trail Length:  2.5 miles. 
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 370’
  • Difficulty Rating: easy with a moderate scramble to the top of the peak
  • Trail Type:  loop.   
  • Hiking Time:  2-3 hours                   

Departure Time: 8:00 AM (Please arrive early for 8:00 am departure)

Departure Location: The Agua Caliente Casino parking lot at 32-250 Bob Hope Drive; Rancho Mirage, CA  92270 on the south side of the casino across from the new Aqua Caliente gas station.   Traveling north on Bob Hope, take a right at the gas station into the parking lot. 

Fees/Charges: Joshua Tree Park entrance fee or bring your entrance card.

*Hiking Requirements - Although the trail is fairly level, the elevation is at 3000 feet so you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Some rock scrambling to the top of Mastodon Peak.  Click here for more information.

Bring Ten Essentials (click here) - water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

Contact leader:  Beth Schneider email click here

Carpooling - is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. 

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

Special COVID Related Requirements

This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 


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