Amazing views once on Panorama Loop. Mostly flat (and sandy) hike but right before you get on Panorama Loop there is a short set of some relatively steep switchbacks.

Great hike through the great flora of Joshua Tree. Some good views atop the ridgeline as well.

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8 days ago

South leg of loop is very uneven and eroded, little shade anywhere. Otherwise quite easy and beautiful.

Enjoyable hike with decent views. Best views are only during a short duration of the hike. Wide and easily navigated trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a lovely trail in March, with few hikers, excellent views, and plenty of unusual plants to look at.

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no shade
2 months ago

Good hike for spotting smaller wildlife — I went in late March and saw black tailed jackrabbits, quail, butterflies, squirrels, a kangaroo rat, and a lot of western fence lizards. The hike wasn’t as exciting as some with big rock formations, but there was a steeper section uphill (going clockwise) that led to some beautiful views of snow capped mountains. Lots of sandy sections so wear shoes with good ankle support!

combined with Warren peak. good change of scenery from rest of the park. would recommend going clockwise.

Great trail. No shade until you enter the loop (then it’s limited). Beautiful views. We went anti clockwise which was great - meant we did have to go downhill on some parts which were steep (so best to wear hiking shoes). Fun hike and gorgeous views. Bring water and wear a big hat and you’ll be fine. Took us around 3.5 hours. We stopped due to the heat walking up to the Loop.

Started around 6:30 am, and it was a little chilly while the sun was still coming up. It takes about 3 miles to get from the parking (which is free) to the panoramic loop portion of the trail. Once I got to the loop I went clockwise, which ended up being a good decision because it was steeper and I got the hard part out of the way. Definitely was tough getting up the hill but it’s a moderate level hike overall like described. I got back to the car at 9am. The views from the top were incredible, and I would recommend this trail. It is sandy for 75% of the trail, so if you’re not into that maybe this isn’t the best option.

First hike ever in Joshua Tree NP...loved it. Especially when you start going up the P loop. Super windy & cold but sun was out & so fun!!!

Great hike with incredible views. We went up the loop counter clockwise and it was a gentle incline with a steep decline coming back around. Beautiful, would do it again.

Beautiful day and surprisingly not crowded on a Sunday. The challenge heading left is prior to viewing the beauty of the area and the return is long but easy. We did 6.7 miles and enjoyed the desert surroundings every step of the way.

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no shade
washed out
3 months ago

We did it counter clockwise and it was a good decision. Steep climb towards the top and sandy descent. Great view of Mt San Jacinto and Mt Gorgonio. We crosses paths w hikers and horseback riders. Good hike

Sandy wash most of the way...stunning views at the top!

A great workout with rewarding views. Went clockwise and completed in 2.05 hours. Highly recommend.

We started around 9am and almost had the trail to ourselves. We did the loop clockwise and it was a good decision as we encountered a steep climb to the top and the rest of the hike was gradually up and down. We saw green grass, lots of lizards, and 2 black/gray deers crossing the wash. We saw a lot more hikers started their hike as we exited the loop. The view at the top was breathtaking.

Beautiful trail through interesting narrow canyons/washes with lots of vegetation. Did the loop clockwise and the views coming down were impressive. You are hiking on sand on the Black Canyon section.

Nice trail. Sandy wash adds some challenge. Trail in good condition. Located at Black Rock Campsite, which is far west side of park and therefore shorter drive vs going all the way into park. Also, free to park at that location. Good variety of plants, many Joshua Trees, pines. Good birdwatching. No boulders like in center of park. Got there at 9am. Very few people on trail. Stark contrast from Hidden Valley at 2pm. Recommend clockwise for views of mountains on backside.

Great trail.. a lot of sand! I went counterclockwise and it was gorgeous!

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no shade
3 months ago

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no shade
3 months ago

It was nice but boring :( half the way is through a sandy wash... not that strenuous but not really exciting!

Really cool trail. It takes you through the sandy wash up to the face of the mountain, around and back down. When you hit the trail sign for the loop, go left (clockwise) as the other reviews mention. Gorgeous views! Took us about 2 hours and 40 min!

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snow
washed out
4 months ago

We went counter clockwise on the Paronama Loop and it' was a steady incline. It got more windy towards the further point from the loop. We turned around and went back. It's a beautiful route.

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no shade
washed out
4 months ago

Moderately trafficked. At a few high points, the views are decent. We ended up going half way into the Paronama Loop before turning back.

Canyon view trail was amazing. Very quiet, we were the only ones on this trail when we hiked it. Takes you deep into the wilderness. We saw some deer and enjoyed the sights.

Took the trail to panorama loop for beautiful views. Great conditions!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail - hiked Jan 3. A little snowy and slippery towards the top, but still manageable with sneakers. Beautiful views.

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