Rings Trail, Mojave National Preserve, California

 

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This hike was an exciting one, though short in distance.  The trailhead we took was off the parking lot loop (Not the picnic area) which led us past some petroglyphs, over some short desert brush, and under giant light colored rocks dotted with many many holes.

Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Preserve

Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Preserve

Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Preserve


Per the Ranger on duty, there are 2 sections of rings to climb, each 12 feet in height. The first section (coming from this direction) had some steps to climb on while holding on to the rings.  The second section was not so convenient.  I needed a hand going up, as did a couple of my kids. The loop taken in this direction allowed us to climb up the rings, not down, which for a confirmed acrophobe such as myself, was a better option. At the end, there was a lookout with blue railing overlooking the interior of the canyon.  Keep kids closeby, there are some sections that have big drops. watch where you place your hands and feet, as rattle snakes call this home.  Our hike ended at the picnic area and we took the wide path back to the  Visitor Center.

Up the rings on the Rings Trail, Hole-in-the-Wall, Mojave National Preserve  

Up the rings on the Rings Trail, Hole-in-the-Wall, 

Mojave National Preserve 

Up the rings on the Rings Trail, Hole-in-the-Wall, Mojave National Preserve

 

 


Practical Information (as of December 2017):

Features: Walk under a hole-y canyon wall, then through a slot canyon climbing over boulders and rings to go further into Banshee canyon

Our hike: Just under 2 mile loop trail, 170 ft elevation gain, 2 sections of rings to climb - each about 12 feet in height (per Ranger)

Directions: Trailhead near Hole-in-the-wall Visitor Center, unpaved packed gravel/dirt roads if approached from Cedar Canyon Road. Approach from Hwy 40 to HITW visitor center paved as of December 2017

Fee: free

*****NOT a warm weather hike*****

 

Warning: The safety of these adventures are dependent on a variety of factors including but not limited to: terrain, weather, wildlife, hiker skill level, human error, and other foreseen and unforeseen circumstances. Experiences described are based on personal experience, which may or may not be typical. Although care has been taken at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability for the accuracy and completeness of the information provided.  As such, we will not be held responsible for any harm, injury, and/or loss that may result. Your personal judgement on the safety of each adventure is required at all times. Please use your own discretion and be safe.

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