HIKE THE BOUNDRY LANDS
by Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
DATE AND TIME
December 18, 2021 @ 07:30 AM to
December 18, 2021 @ 05:00 PM
Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA, Joshua Tree National Park
The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park present Hike the Boundary Lands with Travis Puglisi. Approximately 8 mile loop hike exploring the washes and canyons surrounding Nolina Peak along with the flora, fauna, and land management curiosities that exist within. Set largely on lands managed by the Mojave Desert Land Trust (MDLT), this route will expose participants to Joshua Tree woodland habitat, upper elevation oak and pinyon environments, and the rocky channels that connect the two. Within the elevation lows (3711’) and highs (4796’) a huge range of fauna can be encountered, including jackrabbit and coyote, golden eagles, great horned owl, mountain quail, mule deer and bighorn sheep. The flora will change rather dramatically as the elevation rises and descends. Several species of cacti, impressive Parry’s nolina, notable scrub oak, and pinyon pine displays will be encountered. While much of the hike will feel remote, there will be regular reminders of how public lands and private lands interface over time, as illustrated by the residential starting point, the MDLT managed trail head, mid-zone that contains private inholdings within Joshua Tree National Park, and the hikes conclusion which moves through land currently managed by the Mojave Desert Land Trust. This hike will be a mostly cross-country hike on durable surfaces, except for portions where roads, both active and discontinued, will be utilized. This hike will be labeled as moderately strenuous and does include maneuvering around and over rocks. Participants will encounter opportunities for shaded rest throughout much of the hike.