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Hole-in-the-Wall Loop, Mojave

Posted May 04 2010 12:00am

Bird and Hike has a succinct webpage:

This easy, 1.5-mile loop trail starts at the Visitor Center, wanders east and south down a sandy wash, heads west around the south side of the Hole-in-the-Wall hills, climbs up through the Hole-in-the-Wall cleft on the Rings Trail, and then follows the road for 0.2 miles back …

Almost every tourists stops at Hole-in-the-Wall. But not all are willing to try the assisted scramble.

hiking Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Reserve

hiking Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Reserve

I’d call it a perfect little day hike for a confident walker. The scenery is desert classic.

hiking Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Reserve

hiking Hole in the Wall, Mojave National Reserve

Add on the “Nature Trail” to the campground. Desert vegetation is signed, … all the bushes looking somewhat similar. With unlikely names like: Paper Bag Bush, Hedgehog Cactus, Horsebrush, etc.

Tent caterpillars were everywhere when I was there.

caterpillars, Mojave

Mojave National Preserve , at 1.6 million acres, is the third largest National Park Service managed area in the Lower 48; only Death Valley and Yellowstone are larger. …

It’s so close to Vegas, I’m surprised more tourists don’t visit. There’s no Park entrance fee. And “wild camping” is allowed almost everywhere .

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