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Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: normal heights-san diego, ca
Bikes: come and get 'em
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on a road bike, you can ride from palm springs area to jtnp via hwy 62 to the western and northern park entrances or from the east end of coachella valley,
ride up through the southern entrance. you would need to be very comfortable riding in high speed and volume traffic (along with likely gusting wind at the
start/finish since it is one of the windiest areas in california) for miles and miles along hwy 62. to ride up through the southern entrance nixes the high volume
traffic and the wind but is really, really desolate and services are nearly non-existent once underway from the town of mecca.
jtnp is great for a mtb and there are various but hard and desolate ways to/from the park.
if you have access to a car, i would park at either the western (joshua tree) or northern entrance (29 palms) and ride to the other and back while mixing in the
keys view road climb midway on the road bike. about 75 miles rt. the most scenic part of the park by far is the hidden valley area which is close to the western entrance.
once inside the park, there are no services so plan accordingly. the approaches to the park are pretty damn boring and/or dangerous and it's worth it (to me) to drive the
hour from palm springs so i can just ride the national park. best if you have a road bike and a mtb! cruise the flats of hidden valley there and back for about 30 miles on
the road bike, return to the car to swap for the mtb and go in whatever direction strikes you on the mtb.