Temperatures in the Mojave Desert can soar quickly once the sun comes up over the horizon so starting early during the warmer periods is critical to having a full experience. If you want a Full Day Hike in Joshua Tree National Park or the surrounding area between Mid-May and September you'll have to count on starting right around sunrise. The good news is that sunrise provides an exquisite calm and clarity. To start the day in the wilderness with the sun affords focus and internal quiet.
Hikes that are 5 hours or less have a bit more flexibility than full day hikes as a group has the option of either sunrise or sunset. Sunset can be rapturous, blazing with color, with the heat of the day starting to escape the granite and gneiss, bringing a second wave of heat, and more frequent encounters with all manner of nocturnal and cold blooded species.
If you've never been backpacking before and want to find out if it's for you this is a great place to start. Or, if you're experienced but want a knowledgeable local guide to chart the route, handle logistics, and provide a seamless experience so all you need to do is show up and walk then Wandering Mojave has your back. All skill levels are welcome and the philosophy that we apply to all our hikes still stands...the amount of time spent in the desert is more important than the miles hiked.
Maybe you're like me and you crave deep exposure to the desert landscape. You have that insatiable desire to see what's over every ridge or just around every bend. With Expedition Travel you will have time to crawl every rock, see every star, and follow every inclination you have while trekking in Joshua Tree National Park. Owner and Operator, Travis Puglisi has a Wilderness First Responder Certification from NOLS and uses a satellite messenger so you can feel assured you are in good hands.
We offer a discount option for full time residents of the Morongo Basin! As our prices change throughout the year please contact for details.
We offer 20% for K-12 Teachers because...Teachers are Rad! You must provide proof of status and the payment must come from individual providing proof of status.
We offer 10% off for Active Duty and Retired Military. You must provide proof of status and the payment must come from individual providing proof of status.