Loop Trail Part 1

Trail Head to The Snake Pit

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Trek date: 2013 Nov 25

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Split Rock Loop Trail, Part 2

The Long View

Although Split Rock Loop Trail is the centerpiece of this and the next Gallery page, enjoy this distant shot from Eagle Cliff.

THIS IS THE FIRST OF TWO GALLERIES covering the 2-mile Split Rock Loop, a hike that passes through a landscape of uncanny sculpted rock gardens highlighted by my favorite feature, Tulip Rock, as well as The Tooth and Face Rock—three geologic formations with likenesses to their given names.

Because it was well past the noon hour, I headed down the Loop clockwise starting about 2 P.M. on a beautiful late-November day. The trail is well marked by cairns and easy to follow. I gave myself two to two-and-one-half hours since 3D picture taking is a tedious process. The trail can be done in much less time if you stroll along.

The sun spreading its afternoon colors in the western sky, I had it at my back much of the time. Late-autumn deep shadows give Joshua Tree’s formations a spectacular appearance this time of year.

2D Split Rock Loop Part 1 Slideshow

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DSCF2566The 2-mile Split Rock Loop Trail is a must for any traveler to Joshua Tree Park; and if it so happens the late-afternoon sun will be highlighting the myriad rock formations when you are there, I definitely recommend it to those wishing to experience the magic this surreal landscape offers. I hope that you have enjoyed the 3D images!

John Murbach

Temple City, California


Posted 2016 Apr 26

Updated 2017 Nov 4