“A gravel, double, and singletrack loop around Bartlett Mountain, great for excellent desert views.
— Jeremy Lancaster
This is a great desert loop when visiting Joshua Tree National Park. There are several miles of doubletrack around Bartlett Mountain that connect to both dirt and paved roads. A solid gravel grinder loop for mountain bikers seeking excellent views of the Morongo Basin and non-technical so that most riders can enjoy it.
Need to Know
This ride starts from Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, five streets west of the Park Rd. entrance to JTNP. Park downtown or at the bike shop. Please bring a couple liters of water and be aware of cross traffic on the paved roads. The dirt tracks are mostly graded with only a few areas of deep sand. This ride can be done on regular or fat tires. A side trip (hike) can be taken to the peak of the Bartlett Mountains using a hiking trail at the top of the Olympic Road saddle heading east.
This ride starts from Hallee Road at the north side of the bike shop. Take the doubletrack west to a short singletrack that connects to a dirt road. Cross a larger wash and connect up to Sunny Vista
Road that heads north and climbs up through a broad canyon with several turns on a well graded road before it connects with Olympic Road.
Olympic Road turns into a doubletrack climb through a saddle on the west side of Bartlett Mountain, which is where the fun begins with a great non-technical downhill section. Continuing downhill, the trail connects to Sunflower Dr. and then takes a quick right to head north on Ducor Ave. Take a right turn on Olympic Road and then another right on to Campanula Ave.
Stay on Campanula Ave. for about 1.5 miles and hit another section of fun doubletrack. Pass the water tanks, continue through a wash, and then connect up to Avenida Del Sol heading south. Turn left on Broadway, head across Sunburst Dr., and then turn right onto Shadow Mountain, which heads back toward Joshua Tree. A right turn on 2 Mile Rd puts you back onto doubletrack, which crosses a wash and connects to several local streets back into town.
History & Background
A great loop ride through the mesas of Joshua Tree with great vistas and Mojave Desert landscape. On the west side of the Bartlett Mountains was the retreat of famous musician Donovan in the 1960's at what was called "The Valley of the Moon".