Here is a recap of my last camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park:
We stayed at Jumbo Rocks campsite, which is a first come first served camp site. This means you might have to drive around for a while to find the perfect site with some shade to protect you from the sun and to keep you cool throughout the day. From this campsite you can walk to the Skull Rock trail. Read more to see my pictures
I decided to book a cruise vacation to go with my mom on a whim. I was at a place in my life where I needed to just getaway to clear my mind. It was a last minute decision and I didn’t really have time to do much research. When I asked people around me about their thoughts on a cruise vacation most people told me it’s boring and more suited for elderly. So I packed a couple of boring outfits in a carry on and set sail. Read more if you want to know how it actually went!
This place is everything you see in pictures and more.
Here are some tips if you’re planning to do this hike.
- Definitely bring water shoes. You WILL need them there.
- Do wear hiking shoes. The trail is a mix of sand, rocks, and loose pebbles. I wore Nike sneakers and came back with blisters, don’t do that!
- There is a water refill station when you get to the village and campsite. Therefore, do not over pack water. On the way in we started the hike around 5 AM so it wasn’t too hot. I only consumed about 2 Liters of water.
- Drive to the hilltop the night before you start your hike. This way you can get on your way in the wee hours of morning to beat the heat.
- The hike back up will be challenging since it’s going to be all uphill. Make sure you have some energy bars, water, and a wide rim hat with you to finish the last bit of the hike.
- Bring a hammock with you. After a 5 hour hike it’s the best way to unwind and there is a lot of trees you can swing from.
See more pictures below!