Panorama Loop Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
#5 of 47 trails in

Panorama Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yucca Valley, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

3.7 miles 639 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Joshua Trees, Pinyon Pines, Spectacular Mountain and Desert Views With a trailhead situated at about 4000 ft. elevation, the Panorama Loop Trail within the Black Rock Canyon area of Joshua Tree National Park offers some of the most interesting flora and spectacular views within all of Joshua Tree National Park. Located within the northwestern-most portion of the park, Joshua Trees are plentiful and temperatures are much cooler than in the parts further south, and the botanical and geological "surprises" to be encountered by a Black Rock Canyon hiker, to say nothing of the spectacular views of the San Gorgonio Mountains and surrounding desert terrain, make this sandy and often uphill trek very worthwhile. The trail, which begins adjacent to campsite #30 in the Black Rock Canyon Campground, is well-signed-be sure to keep your eyes open for the markers with the letters "PL" (Panorama Loop). Obtain a trail map at the Ranger Station/Visitor Center, wear sturdy shoes and gaiters, and carry plenty of water-there is NONE along the trail.

1 month ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Nice day out! Lots of flowers, green vegetation, and small critters to look at.

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is awesome! It just got a lot of work put into it by the JT trail crew in 2015. I know because I helped with it. I recommend it to all my friends. The views are spectacular.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Fun. Scenic.

hiking
7 months ago

Slightly more than easy if you are not accustomed to hiking at altitude. It was a beautiful hike with great variety of desert plants and scenic perspectives. Several trail options if you want to go farther and higher.

8 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

This is a great trail! I run the whole thing once a month or so. It's really about 7 miles out and back from the campground. Clearly marked and absolutely beautiful.

hiking
2 years ago

The only reason it is a four star because most of the trail is in a wash. However it really is one of the better hikes in Blackrock area. Just remember to get on the Panorama loop trail you are on the West loop trail for a bit till you get to the water tank above camp site #30. Then just follow the trail markers through the wash and as you are also on the warn peak trail for a while till you brake off on Panorama loop which is marked with PL. There is no major climbing at all climbing about 1,000ft. but the view from the top is amazing. On most days you can not only see the Palm Springs area but also Saltine Sea. The trail then follows the hill side till you come back down and around to the wash. There is a connector to Warne Peak at the bottom of the was when you finish the loop (the signs is a wooden sign and by a big old Pine. wonderful hike.

hiking
3 years ago

I loved it ! It's always relaxing hiking in the desert :).

hiking
3 years ago

This is the place where there's six trails connected to Black Rock Canyon Trail. Black Rock Canyon trail is where you'll begin before actually coming to the trailhead to Short Loop trail. The map is a bit confusing because it's not correct. The black dot that indicates "you are here" should be on the north side of that red dotted trail. Since it's below the red dots! what happens some hikers might assume the adjacent paved road with a steel cable with a suspended 4" x 12" flat steel that says "Closed" is the path to Short Loop Trail. "it's not" that's a service road to the Campground. The signage structure where the map trail is posted the dirt path next to it is where you want to go. That would take you right to Black Rock Canyon Trail. Black Rock Canyon Trail is really wide with soft dirt, the kind where your shoes sink. You'll hike this for may be 200 or 300 feet and you'll see a wood fence that's a "Y" intersection, Do not go left there, that's not the one, keep going straight (south) and you'll eventually see the 2"x2" steel post signage that stands only 3 feet tall to Short Loop Trail. This trail for your information is pretty awesome because it's a forest of Joshua Trees that's mind blowing. And if you go to Canyon View Trail? OMG! It's like stepping into "The Outer Limits!!" :)

The six trail around the Black Rock Campgrounds are not very popular in general even with the locals. It behooves you to discover despite how beautiful these trails are to be deserted. Since you're in this vicinity you're actually only 5 minutes away to two awesome trails just around the corner. If you parked on the right side of the paved road that's close to the map trail structure. Instead of going straight on Black Rock Canyon Rd., make a quick left on the dirt road that runs parallel in front of the Campground going west, it's only like 20 feet from where you parked and stay on that dirt road until it dead ends to the trailhead parking to Hi View Trail and South Park Peak. This two trails is a must see and are both short hikes with magnificent views.

hiking
3 years ago

trail running
4 years ago

A very nice little nature walk if you are in Joshua tree national park.