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