Explore Queen Mountain West 3 hikers

Date/Time: Sunday, November 13, 7 am – late afternoon
Meet at: Joshua Tree Visitor Center-caravan to trailhead
Fee: $35 members, $45 non member
Instructor: Kevin Powell
Hike Level: Strenuous – 8.5 miles round trip

This strenuous, 8.5 mile out and back hike will explore a remote and seldom visited area of Queen Mountain where you will be exposed to the power and creativity of water in the desert.  The Oak Canyon Potholes are a collection of water sculpted and polished rock slabs intermittently spread out over a half-mile section of a progressively steepening canyon. These rock slabs are dotted with deep potholes and a unique, cascading sluice-like feature found in the center collection of potholes.  This unique feature is located about half way between the upper and lower potholes.  The area is similar to the upper rock slabs of Rattlesnake Canyon further downstream.

On our way to the potholes, participants will get a unique view of the expansive Wonderland of Rocks from above.  The overlook will allow us to look down into, and out across much of this complex rocky playground.  Other important geologic landmarks useful for navigating on further hikes within the park will be pointed out as well.  Please note:  some rock scrambling will be encountered on this hike.

Click to download the course outline: Explore Queen Mountain West Outline – Fall 2016

If you are a member of JTNP you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.

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