Rings Trail Hole In The Wall Mojave National Preserve

The Rings Trail at Hole in the Wall at Mojave National Preserve. (CA) gets it’s name because the only way to get out of the Hole in the Wall courtyard area is up some steep rock faces. To help make this possible, metal spikes with rings on the end have been hammered into the rocks:

Rings on Ring Trail Hole in the Wall Mojave National Preserve

When you first see the rings, you will be tempted to try and place your feet into the ring to help you up. This doesn’t work very well as I can attest from first hand experience. Instead, you will have much more success climbing using the rings for your hands and the straight spike area for your feet. Otherwise you will find that your feet are twisting in all different directions as your try to climb as mine were. The same technique can be used for climbing down the rings:

Climbing rings at Hole in the Wall at Mojave

The rings area isn’t too difficult although it could be a challenge for small children. The gaps are narrow enough that you can also use the rock walls for support as you climb or descend.

Hole In The Wall Courtyard Mojave National Preserve

After passing the Petroglyphs along Rings Trail at Hole in the Wall in Mojave National Preserve (CA), you have another quarter mile before you will see the lava rock walls Hole in the Wall before you:

First look at Hole in the Wall

As you get closer to the cliffs, you will enter into a courtyard like area where the walls tower over you on three sides

courtyard like area at Hole in the Wall Mojave National Preserve

While the hike itself only takes about 45 minutes, you will want to put aside much more time so that you can explore all the interesting holes formed in the rock walls:

Holes at Hole in the Wall Mojave National Preserve

If you are into photography, you’ll want to put aside even more time as the holes can make for some interesting perspectives the more you explore:

Great opportunities for interesting photos at Hole in the Wall