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Joshua Tree – Boy Scout Trail to Smith Water Canyon

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Joshua Tree – Boy Scout Trail to Smith Water Canyon

Desert season is here! I haven’t been on either of these trails but I did the Joshua Tree section of the California Riding and Hiking Trail last year and I’d like to explore more of the park.

Smith Water Canyon is a cross country route (NO TRAIL) with scrambles up dry falls.

Route requires a car shuttle.

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Day 0 (Friday)
Stash water near Quail Springs.
I’ll probably camp somewhere nearby.

Day 1 (Saturday) 10.6mi 2200ft
Boy Scout Trail to Quail Wash
Pick up stashed water.

Day 2 (Sunday) 7.6mi 1200ft
Up Smith Water Canyon to Upper Covington Flat

Hike at your own risk. Be responsible for yourself and your safety. Make good decisions. With any trip, things can change, reservations can get lost, the unexpected can happen. A go-with-the-flow attitude is always a good thing, and most importantly, let’s all have fun! This is a strenuous hike. Make sure you are in good enough physical shape for the distance, elevation changes, and terrain. The hike leaders in this group aren’t professional hike leaders. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. The hiking group does not certify the expertise of the organizers, the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and…We are NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries.
We reserve the right to deny or remove any members if they are deemed inappropriate for this trip.

November 11 2023


Start: November 11 @ 8:00 am
End: November 12 @ 4:00 pm
Hiking Group:
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

East of
San Diego,CAUS

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San Diego Backpackers
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