Old Dale Road

4.9/5 (21 reviews)
Twentynine Palms, California (San Bernardino County)
Last Updated: 05/08/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Old Dale Road is a historic route that served as the central corridor for the Old Dale Mining District in what is now the northeast corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Numerous side trails branch off from Old Dale Road and lead to the remains of old mining sites and ruins to explore. The road is also a fun and challenging off-road trail, with steep climbs into the Pinto Mountains on a narrow, rocky path. Old Dale is a popular destination for overlanders. You can easily plan a multi-day trip traveling Old Dale and its connecting trails, exploring the remains of mining operations, and enjoying the rich geography of the area. This area also makes a great day trip from Joshua Tree National Park — just get an early start as the trail is long and there's much to see. Old Dale Road traverses the two great deserts of Southern California, which meet within the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. The trail begins in the Sonoran Desert, which is the hotter and drier ecosystem and features vegetation consisting mostly of cholla cacti, ocotillos, and ironwood trees. As you travel north on Old Dale Road you’ll notice the landscape change to yucca, creosote, and the famous Joshua trees, marking the transition to the Mojave Desert.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (21 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

South to North. The first and last miles are fun faster road. Mines were fine to explore and would definitely come back and camp. Lots of places on the BLM side. The rocky section between 4 and 5 I didnt have any trouble with but did use the armor/scraped a few things on aired down 33’s on a stock 4 door Rubicon. Just enough to make you think about your line. This is my first time so cant say if its more eroded. Larger tires and you are totally fine.
Trail Review: Old Dale Road - David Renton
Trail Review: Old Dale Road - David Renton
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Status: Open
Visited: 01/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail with lots to see. Running larger tires, 35+, will make the sections that warrant the Moderate rating very manageable. Plenty of mines to check out and not a lot of people out there. Did this as a day trip but would do an overnight next time so we can do more exploring.
Trail Review: Old Dale Road - Trek68
Trail Review: Old Dale Road - Trek68
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Raul
200
Status: Open
Visited: 01/02/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Just did this trail today with my wife. We entered through the south side of Joshua tree. The first say 12 miles are pretty easy scenic drive. Once you start climbing up the mountain the rocky terrain makes it fun to navigate. My wife and I had a blast.
Status: Open
Visited: 04/11/2021

Cool trail nothing crazy here but fun as long as its cool outside or you have good ac lots of mines and trail offshoots to explore great for the family
Status: Open
Visited: 04/09/2021

Night wheeled this in my 2nd Gen 4Runner. Running 31s with Bilsteins on all 4 corners. Road in was like those things designed to wake you up if you veer off the road!? Vibrates a ton. Maybe it's my ol Yota? Airing down helps. Anyway, was tons of fun! Camped overnight in RTT. Saw a few others out there as well.
Trail Review: Old Dale Road - Miguel Valdez

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