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Panorama Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (9)

Climb up to the western ridge of the Black Rock Canyon camp area in Joshua Tree National Park.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

5,147' 1,569 m

High

4,439' 1,353 m

Low

708' 216 m

Up

583' 178 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Family Friendly While it might not be their favorite trail in the park, children can certainly handle its manageable length and moderate grades.

Weather determines the restrictions. One gallon of water is recommended per person for summer visitors. Layers are necessary for winter visits as high winds and snow can occur.

Description

Heading out from atop the campground, just left of Camp 30, head towards the water tower. Go left at this point. After about a ¼ mile, hikers will reach a junction with the Burnt Hill Trail. Go right at this point to stick to the Panorama Loop. You'll start a gradual climb through a large wash. After another ¼ mile, there will be a split, stay left.

As you continue up the wash, you'll come into the narrowing that is Black Rock Canyon. There is a sign that has two sets of initials, PL and MP. This is the beginning of the Panorama Loop. MP leads up to the Moranga Peak Trail located off of the backside of the Panorama Loop trail. As the trail narrows it winds up and on to the southern boundary of the Panorama Loop.

There is a set of steep switchbacks leading up to the ridge top once you get out of the canyon. From the top, you can look over to the mountains behind Palm Springs as you travel west. Continue on the south side of the ridge until you come upon an old jeep road that will loop to the north and back around to the beginning of the Black Rock Canyon. Then continue to loop back to the starting point.

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Shared By:

Phil DiGirolamo

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 9 votes

#10192

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  4.0 from 9 votes
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#967

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#10,192

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Photos

Into Black Rock Canyon we go.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
View from the trail
Mar 6, 2022 near Yucca V…, CA
View from the trail
Mar 6, 2022 near Yucca V…, CA
View from the trail
Mar 6, 2022 near Yucca V…, CA
Looking toward the east, it's desert as expected.
Feb 21, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA
This sign marks the first junction with Panorama Loop. Stick to the right to continue on Warren Peak Trail.
Mar 5, 2017 near Yucca V…, CA

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Mar 6, 2022
Stewart Carnes
Mar 5, 2021
Ron Del Rio
+Warren's Peak — 4h 31m
Jan 16, 2021
Lou Hibbard
Hiked with Janelle on way back from Warren Peak - great trail with good views 2.5mi
Jan 1, 2021
Joshua Dawes
Went with Miss, Dad, Heather, Kyle, Kindra, and Jord
Mar 11, 2020
Justin Strain
camped at black rock site
Mar 9, 2020
Beth N
Jan 4, 2020
Craig Ricks
2.5mi