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Summit Quail Mountain
Desert Institute

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At 5,813 feet, Quail Mountain is Joshua Tree National Park’s highest peak. It crowns the spine of the Little San Bernardino Mountains, which form much of the park’s western boundary, and that support what is perhaps the park’s most diverse ecosystem.

Hikers will ascend from the Joshua Tree woodland zone up into the Piñon-Juniper zone, along the way learning how these mountains formed, how they affect the park’s greater Queen Valley area, and becoming acquainted with some of the unique species of animals and plants that live here. The mountain is a favored habitat for mule deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions.

Travel to Quail’s summit is cross-country, and either one of two routes is commonly used, depending on conditions and the group. Both routes are about 12 miles, round-trip. One route is a bit more athletic than the other, but neither of them require more than satisfactory hiking fitness

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