The Barker Dam Trail leads in a one-mile loop around a natural dam and the lake formed by it. During the twentieth century the lake was enlarged twice for ranching purposes. Today it remains for use by the natural inhabitants of the area. The trail is easy with little elevation gain. It leads over boulders and through sandy areas. A short spur trail provides an opportunity for visitors to view petroglyphs and a grinding site of Native Americans.
Directions from Oasis Visitor Center: Follow Twentynine Palms Highway (62) westward to Joshua Tree. In Joshua Tree turn left on Park Boulevard, which becomes Quail Springs Road after crossing Alta Loma Drive. Follow Quail Springs Road to the improved road that leads to Hidden Valley Campground. Continue driving past the campground entrance about one mile to the Barker Dam Trail parking area.