USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 10 miles southeast of the town of Joshua Tree, 143 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Park Service||Joshua Tree National Park|
|USGS Topos||Indian Cove 7½, Keys View 7½, Joshua Tree South 7½, East Deception Canyon 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Mount Minerva Hoyt
(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
- Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 1750' total, 1350' out plus 400' on return
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
- Driving: Dirt road, possible for passenger vehicles
Original: Diane Dunbar, March 2001
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take I-10 east through Banning to SR 62.
- Go north on SR 62 to SR 247 (Old Woman Springs Road) in Yucca Valley.
- Continue about 2.8 miles east on SR 62 to La Contenta Road (traffic
signal). Turn right (south) onto La Contenta Road. Note odometer and go
- Drive south on La Contenta Road (pavement ends at 1.0 mile) to
a junction at 2.8 miles. Make a half left turn.
- Continue on La Contenta Road to Joshua Tree National Park boundary
at 4.5 miles. There is a road junction to the left near the boundary.
Disregard junction and continue straight.
- Road junction at 5.8 miles. Go to the right. The road straight
ahead goes to Nolina Cove.
- Road junction at 8.8 miles. Continue straight. The road to the
right goes to Upper Covington Flat.
- Road ends at 9.4 miles. Park here in Lower Covington Flat.
Contact the National Park Service at
(760) 367-5525 for road conditions.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- From the parking area (4600'), head east on the California Riding and
Hiking Trail for about 3.0 miles, until you reach the small gullies draining
to the southwest. This is right before the trail makes a sharp turn to the
- At the second gully crossing (5000'), leave the trail and hike up the
nose of the ridge in a generally east-southeast direction to the top of the
ridge (5640'). Be sure to note your location as this ridge is hard to see
on the return.
- Continue on the ridgeline in an easterly and then northeasterly direction,
crossing over several bumps.
- Contour around bump 5787' on the left and into the saddle southwest of
the summit of Quail Mountain.
- Continue to the northeast up the slope to the summit of Quail Mountain.