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Joshua Tree National Park 2017 - Day 5

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Ryan Mountain (5,457ft) Elevation: 1,070 ft Distance: 2.6 miles round trip Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree, CA
More desert hiking! This morning I took a solo hike up to the summit of Ryan Mountain. I thought that starting my hike at 9am I'd find the trailhead parking lot full. But when I arrived, there were only 6 cars in the lot! On my ascent there were only 8 people on their way down, 5 of which had turned back as they found the ascent to be too strenuous. Most of the trail makes its way on the west side of the ridge, with views into the park. The trail, for the most part, is in the shade until the ridge is gained. On my descent I counted close to 65 hikers making their way up to the summit. Enjoy a few photos taken on the ascent of my hike.







Summit cairn

Pano from the summit - looking to the west
Pano from the summit - looking to the east