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Bartlett Mountain Loop

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12.1 Miles 19.5 Kilometers



643' 196 m


-648' -197 m



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3,252' 991 m


2,658' 810 m


Shared By Jeremy Lancaster


Minor Issues 78 days ago
lots of deep sand and at two points of trail, it crosses over private property. One person put up basic wood barrier AND put down huge tacks meant to deter mountain bikes. Be careful! History

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A gravel, double, and singletrack loop around Bartlett Mountain, great for excellent desert views.

Jeremy Lancaster

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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".


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Oct 7, 2018
Vidal Delgado
Nov 23, 2017
Paul Ladev├Ęze
Sand is hard 13mi
Oct 7, 2017
Joe Gonzalez
Nov 20, 2016
Kate Poaster
No trespassing in areas that on map showed doubletrack. Lots of sand pits. Also many garbage piles. Not well marked even with map.
Apr 5, 2016
Jima Reed

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wildlife descriptions Jun 20, 2016
Just did the ride today, decent, nothing special but cool to get off the beaten path. No real fun downhill section, but cool to see some weird shit. Took 1.5 hours approx. First part is kinda tricky to follow the singletrack through the desert but doable with the app's help. Just a heads up, the house on the way up Bartlett Mtn has tried to hide the track by putting up dead end signs and private driveway type stuff. he's also put quite a lot of work into moving tree stumps and other biological matter to cover up the trail for about 100 yards as you climb up perpendicular to the ridge. Just use the app and walk about 100 years up the hill following the ridgeline, you'll see the trail eventually. Kind of a dick move by that guy btw... Nov 19, 2017

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