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Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
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Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
HITW Nature Trail trailhead (view N)

Overview

The Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail (aka HITW Nature Trail or Hole in the Wall Nature Trail), is a short, easy walk between the Visitor Center and the campground that features native plants growing in the Mojave Desert. Signs provide the names of common shrub species, and there is a paper trail guide (pick up at one end and drop off at the other end).

Link to map.

Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Trailhead sign (pick up a trail guide; view N)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this trail is about as safe and easy as they get. With some help, visitors in wheel chairs probably could use this trail, especially if going south from the campground to the visitor center.

While hiking, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, even though this hike is short, be sure to bring what you need of the 10 Essentials.

Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
HITW Nature Trail (view N)

Getting to the Trailhead

This hike is located in Mojave National Preserve, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Mojave National Preserve and the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 0502), which is about 85 miles south of town. Park in the Visitor Center parking area. Park here; this is the trailhead.

Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Mojave Yucca (Yucca schidigera)

The Hike

From the Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center parking lot (Table 2; Waypoint 01), the trail begins across the access road to the north. The trailhead is signed, and be sure to pick up a trail guide. The trail runs north for about 0.20 miles to a trail sign (Wpt. 02), which indicates a 90-degree turn to the right. In another 0.04 miles, the trail ends at the Hole-in-the-Wall Campground road (Wpt. 03), not far from the kiosk.

Along the trail, the common shrub species are named, and in contrast to the usual situation, the common and scientific names are correct. In only one case was the identified plant dead and gone.

 

Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Banana Yucca [aka Blue Yucca] (Yucca baccata)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Cheesebush [aka Burrobrush] (Hymenoclea salsola)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Buckhorn Cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Turpentinebroom (Thamnosma montana)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Nature trail (view N to campground)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Mojave Cottonthorn [aka Horsebrush] (Tetradymia stenolepis)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii); oops, it's missing!
Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Nature trail turns right (view N to campground)
Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Directional trail sign at turn (view N)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Purple Sage [aka Blue Sage] (Salvia dorrii)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Nature Trail runs towards campground road (view E)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Nature Trail arrives at campground road (view E)
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Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Trailhead at campground road (view E)
Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
"Trail Guides; Please return to box at trail end"

Southbound: Campground to Visitor Center

Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Trail departs campground road (view W)
Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Trailhead and sign with brochure box (view W)
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Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Directional trail sign at turn (view W)
Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail
Trail turns left and heads towards Banshee Peak (view S)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Visitor Center comes into view (view S)
Hole in the Wall Nature Trail
Nature Trail arriving at Visitor Center (view S)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location Latitude (°N) Longitude (°W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
0502 Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center 35.04221 115.39490 646403 3878704 4,260 Yes

Table 2. Hiking Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Hiking GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Wpt. Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
01 Trailhead, South 646429 3878754 4,268 0.00 0.00 GPS
02 Turn 646513 3879056 4,302 0.20 0.20 GPS
03 Trailhead, North 646587 3879056 4,297 0.04 0.24 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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