I checked into the Needles California office of the Bureau of Land Management. They gave me some excellent advice on “best hikes” in the region.
Two books are recommended and sold there:
Hiking California’s Desert Parks , 2nd edition: A Guide to the Greatest Hiking Adventures in Anza-Borrego, Joshua Tree, Mojave, and Death Valley by Bill and Polly Cunningham
I’ll be using this one over the next couple of months.
Deserts Summits : A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California & Southern Nevada by Andy Zdon
Both are recommended.
Click on either book cover for more information and links to other available books on Amazon