Ryan Mountain Trail

March 18, 2013  |  blog

On Saturday we were joined by our friends Adam and Susan; and yesterday we finally went exploring in Joshua Tree National Park.

First we stopped by the visitor center to get our National Parks Passports stamped and get a hike recommendation. The ranger said his favorite hike was the Ryan Mountain Trail. We’d see Joshua Trees and a great view once we reached the top.

It was a 3 mile hike where half of it was uphill.

Adam asked many of the hikers we passed on the way, what is the proper hiking etiquette, on a narrow trail who has the right of way? Do you stop and move out of the way to let the people going downhill pass or should the people going downhill stop for the people going uphill? It made for some entertaining conversations and in the end it seemed like the people going uphill were always open to taking a break for those travelling downhill.

2013 Cost of Camping:
14 nights paid camping
62 nights free camping
Total spent on camping this year: $407.75
Daily average cost of camping: $5.37


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  1. We never asked about trail etiquette, but that is what we usually do. Great time and excuse for a rest!

    Glad you had a great hike with friends.

  2. Sounds like a good hike. I agree with the majority- I like any excuse to stop for a rest when I am hiking uphill. What if it’s a narrow flat trail though? We’ve noticed that group size matters. A larger group will almost always stop and let the two of us pass. Hmm…makes me wonder it anyone has ever written a hikers etiquette guide?

  3. I just started following your blog about three weeks ago. I’m in the overflow camping at the Cottonwood area. Just fun to see you’re in the vicinity. I’ve been enjoying your posts. I travel in a Lazy Daze motorhome, however full-timed in the 80s in a 23′ Prowler for 2.5 years. I’ve always admired the silver bullets!

    • The Red Lazy Daze? We’re just down the dirt road from you. We’ll have to come over and say hi…or feel free to stop by!

  4. Sandi & George Fizell

    We’re Airstreamers from Tucson who recently met Adam & Susan at Alumafiesta. They’re such a fun couple – so glad to get to know them. We will put this hike in our memory banks for the next trip to Joshua Tree.

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