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Joshua Ranch Trails

“I hate when people say you don’t need alcohol to have fun. Well, you don’t need running shoes to run, but it sure helps.”  Unknown


  • Run or Hike: Run
  • Date: 23 June 2018
  • Distance: 4.2 Miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Gain: 712 ft
  • Elapsed Time: 42:08
  • Max Elevation (Garmin): 3359 ft
  • Min Temp (Garmin): 69 F
  • Max Temp (Garmin): 84 F
  • Avg Temp: 74 F

Parking Info:

4698-4600 Elizabeth Lake Rd Palmdale, CA 93551. Trot east a bit and then turn north.

GPS Map of My Hike:

Quick Synopsis:

I stayed up far too late drinking margaritas and watching scary moves and woke up far too early for a Saturday morning. But a slight hangover is no excuse not to get after it and the Joshua Ranch Trails are my go to trail running spot.

I used to run this area by parking on the California Aqueduct on Godde Hill Rd and running into the ranch from there, but the entrance got fenced off a few months ago. AllTrails recommended the parking location above, and from there you can follow the dirt road from the failed development project and cut into the trails whenever you see one.

I’ve been increasing my mileage and needed a few easy miles to stay on track for the week. I didn’t want to open up my stride too much on long descents, or suffer through 2 mile climbs. The hills just above the aqueduct in Palmdale are a really ideal training spot; good footing, mostly rolling hills, and enough variety to keep you entertained. There are a ton of off-shoot trails that the mountain bikers have paved, fire roads to run, and the official Joshua Ranch trail to get lost on. You could run 20 miles without re-tracing your steps

The views are nothing spectacular for a hiker to spend an hour driving to, but if you’re local there could be some spectacular sun rise pictures over the Antelope Valley to capture. As a trail runner though, I highly recommend this area for variety and training.

Still got some cool pictures with my GoPro Hero Session 5

A Few Photos:

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